Duke University Medical Center said...
Durham, N.C. -- Valarium, St. John's Wort and ephedra are just a few of the herbal products that people take as alternatives to their prescription medicine counterparts. Dr. Muralli Doraiswamy of Duke University Medical Center says, while you might think you're saving money or taking a more natural road to recovery, the prescription medicines are a lot safer.
"If you suffer from a specific medical condition, whether it be arthritis or depression or diabetes or Alzheimer's, the fact is that prescription medicines are the ones that have been scientifically tested. Herbal products have not been scientifically tested.."
As for saving money, Doraiswamy warns that substituting herbal products for clinically tested pharmaceuticals could prolong the suffering, since the prescription medicine has been tested, and your physician has information on potential side effects, recommended dosage and length of prescription. Doraiswamy also recommends that you tell your physician about any herbal products you may be taking, as they could have adverse interactions with medicines he might prescribe.
Doraiswamy says the money you may save by buying herbal products instead of filling your prescription could make you penny-wise and pound-foolish.
"I've seen people self-medicate themselves with herbal products for long periods of time not realizing that their depression or other diseases could be very easily treated with a prescription medicine. They're unnecessarily prolonging their suffering."
I've heard so many people come here and tell us that they have "natural" or "herbal" or "Alternative" medicines that will work on diabetes and that we should not be a slave to our prescription medications. Consider what you just read above and then consider who is giving you the advice about your "alternative medicine"... it is almost always someone that wants to sell you something.
Now, I can't speak for other diseases and conditions, but I can say with unwavering certainty, I have not found ONE, count em, ONE alternative medicine or treatment for diabetes that could effectively replace ANY of the meds I take.
Does cinnamon lower Blood sugar? Yes, but not enough to get me off any of my meds. Does chromium lower blood sugar? yes, somewhat in massive amounts that are flirting with the danger level for being carcinogenic!!! And so on, and so on!
So before you come here and post about the virtues of CAM (complimentary and Alternative Medicines), and how the big drug companies are conspiring to keep us from using this stuff, and how doctors aren't interested in doing anything but shoving pills at us; CONSIDER THE SOURCE!!! (and have some objective proof to back up what you are saying).
My 2 1/2 cents worth!
Post Edited (Warren) : 11/30/2006 1:42:30 PM (GMT-7)