alternative medecine

Posted on: Mon, 02/27/2006 - 4:51am
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Has anyone tried acupuncture or homeopathy?

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 12:12am
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For allergies or in general? I have had acpuncture while pg for mornings sickness, and my kids have had homeopathic treatments for various things
Therese

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 2:50am
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We are trying homeopathy with my PA DD...but NOT for her PA, just for seasonal and other environmental allergies, asthma, and severe colds. Our natropathic doctor believes that he can help asthma, environmental allergies, and less severe allergies to other things, but NOT what he refers to as in-born type allergies, like to PN, tree-nut, bee stings, etc.
We have seen him for a year now and I was VERY skeptical all along, but now that we are reaching the end of winter, I am starting to believe that this is helping her. For the past few winters, she has been on the nebulizer (pulmicort and xopinex)nearly every day, plus singulair, plus getting multiple (and I mean multiple) ear and sinus infections. This year we used the neb for just 3 days in December, she is off the singulair, and she has had no ear or sinus infections.
We see a "constitutional homeopath," which means that he treats things proactively rather than reactively. He does not use the numerous homeopathic remedies you see in the health food stores...he relies on finding the "one" that will solve the person's problems by taking it on a daily basis.
It hasn't been easy. He wanted her off of dairy and wheat for the entire winter (she is not allergic to those, but he believes they weaken the immune system and produce additional mucus). I have seen a huge difference in her colds this winter...very little mucus (as opposed to "faucet nose" in the past)...which means less coughing and less likely to develop ear/sinus infections.
In addition to the daily homeopathic remedy (basically a sugar pill), she also takes vitamin c and bioflavinoids on a daily basis, which he feels reduces inflamation. She also takes echinachia (sp?) for a few days each week.
The hard part is finding a really good doctor. I wouldn't recommend just picking someone out of the yellow pages. I did a ton of research because I felt if we were going to try this, we should go to the best in the area.
The other thing I would recommend is to fully disclose everything to your regular MD/pediatrician/allergist. In this way, we have allowed the MDs to make the decision about what medicines she was ready to stop taking, which gave me a much higher comfort level than making the decision myself.
I am still skeptical and am reluctant to attribute all of her improvements to this, but like her very skeptical pedatrician said, "it doesn't matter why she has been healthier...the important thing is that she has been healthier."

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 2:58am
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I meant for PA. I can't find any real info on the internet regarding this. I've been to a homeopath and acupuncturist many many times and believe that they work for some conditions. I just found about dd's peanut allergy and haven't contacted them yet.

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 5:09am
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We have done and still do what many consider alternative medicine. I feel it has greatly helped both of my children. I have spent many years researching alternative med techniques and even have family members that practice acupuncture but we do not go to them. Unfortunately, we "took off" about 9 months from seeing Eastern med Dr's and there was a MAJOR change in my children's health so we have started up again. I have posted on numerous occasions on these boards but since it seems to anger so many people on these boards I only correspond off boards to those that would like to know what we have tried. I will say, I have never and will never get close to feeding my child a peanut or anything they are ana to..... I know people who have done this but it is not in my comfort zone which is extremely strict. Feel free to e-mail me off-boards and I weill try to respond within a few days.
[This message has been edited by Danielle (edited February 28, 2006).]

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 10:29pm
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I don't think acupuncture or homeopathy really accomplishes anything. To me it just seems like superstition.

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 12:12am
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For allergies or in general? I have had acpuncture while pg for mornings sickness, and my kids have had homeopathic treatments for various things
Therese

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 2:50am
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We are trying homeopathy with my PA DD...but NOT for her PA, just for seasonal and other environmental allergies, asthma, and severe colds. Our natropathic doctor believes that he can help asthma, environmental allergies, and less severe allergies to other things, but NOT what he refers to as in-born type allergies, like to PN, tree-nut, bee stings, etc.
We have seen him for a year now and I was VERY skeptical all along, but now that we are reaching the end of winter, I am starting to believe that this is helping her. For the past few winters, she has been on the nebulizer (pulmicort and xopinex)nearly every day, plus singulair, plus getting multiple (and I mean multiple) ear and sinus infections. This year we used the neb for just 3 days in December, she is off the singulair, and she has had no ear or sinus infections.
We see a "constitutional homeopath," which means that he treats things proactively rather than reactively. He does not use the numerous homeopathic remedies you see in the health food stores...he relies on finding the "one" that will solve the person's problems by taking it on a daily basis.
It hasn't been easy. He wanted her off of dairy and wheat for the entire winter (she is not allergic to those, but he believes they weaken the immune system and produce additional mucus). I have seen a huge difference in her colds this winter...very little mucus (as opposed to "faucet nose" in the past)...which means less coughing and less likely to develop ear/sinus infections.
In addition to the daily homeopathic remedy (basically a sugar pill), she also takes vitamin c and bioflavinoids on a daily basis, which he feels reduces inflamation. She also takes echinachia (sp?) for a few days each week.
The hard part is finding a really good doctor. I wouldn't recommend just picking someone out of the yellow pages. I did a ton of research because I felt if we were going to try this, we should go to the best in the area.
The other thing I would recommend is to fully disclose everything to your regular MD/pediatrician/allergist. In this way, we have allowed the MDs to make the decision about what medicines she was ready to stop taking, which gave me a much higher comfort level than making the decision myself.
I am still skeptical and am reluctant to attribute all of her improvements to this, but like her very skeptical pedatrician said, "it doesn't matter why she has been healthier...the important thing is that she has been healthier."

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 2:58am
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I meant for PA. I can't find any real info on the internet regarding this. I've been to a homeopath and acupuncturist many many times and believe that they work for some conditions. I just found about dd's peanut allergy and haven't contacted them yet.

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 5:09am
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We have done and still do what many consider alternative medicine. I feel it has greatly helped both of my children. I have spent many years researching alternative med techniques and even have family members that practice acupuncture but we do not go to them. Unfortunately, we "took off" about 9 months from seeing Eastern med Dr's and there was a MAJOR change in my children's health so we have started up again. I have posted on numerous occasions on these boards but since it seems to anger so many people on these boards I only correspond off boards to those that would like to know what we have tried. I will say, I have never and will never get close to feeding my child a peanut or anything they are ana to..... I know people who have done this but it is not in my comfort zone which is extremely strict. Feel free to e-mail me off-boards and I weill try to respond within a few days.
[This message has been edited by Danielle (edited February 28, 2006).]

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 10:29pm
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I don't think acupuncture or homeopathy really accomplishes anything. To me it just seems like superstition.

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