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Friday, February 04, 2005

Alternative Therapies Gaining Momentum

According to the Washington-based Institute of Medicine, a non-profit advisory group for health and science issues, 1 in 5 Americans now use some form of 'alternative' therapy, up from 1 in 50 in 1990. With almost daily news of dangers of certain prescription drugs, along with increased awareness of Big Pharma having the interests of Big Business, turning 'true traditional medicine' is becoming commonplace.

Around the world, acceptance of natural therapies into mainstream medicine is happening faster than in the US. In Cuba, flower essence therapy pioneered by Dr. Nelson Bach in the 1930's has become a mainstay of national healthcare. Flower essence therapy has been shown effective in for improving a patient's emotional state, having a profound effect on their ability to heal.

In France, one cannot obtain certain 'essential oils' without seeing a licensed pharmacist. These potent plant extracts which are readily available in the US, are some of the most powerful antibiotics known to man. According to a recent study by the University of Manchester, England, essential oils could kill the deadly MRSA hospital 'superbug', an infectious bacteria resistant to most modern treatments. Say's Jaqui Stringer of the Christie Cancer Hospital, "Our research shows a very practical application which could be of enormous benefit to the NHS (National Health System) and its patients.

It is expected that interest in natural and alternative therapies will continue to grow. As these treatments are accepted by the conventional medical establishment, effective synergies between the two styles are likely to benefit patients not seen before.

*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

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