Do you use herbs and natural products instead of medications from a doctor?

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Do you use herbs and natural products instead of medications from a doctor?

js250 js250
If so--
--What do you use and how does it work?
--What influenced your decision?
--Do you also use prescribed medications?
04/21/2013
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Red Vinyl Kitty Red Vinyl Kitty
Yes, and no.

I use an over the counter diuretic instead of a prescription strength one, because the prescription strength ones are way too strong and I have had bad reactions. I retain water in my hands only, and if I don't take a diuretic then I can't use my hands some days. It's frustrating, but at least over the counter remedies do give me relief.

I take prescription allergy and acid reflux medicine though.

I'm not opposed to modern medicine at all, but on occasion I do find that the over the counter remedy, or the herbal remedy is better for my body (if only because they are not as strong in general, and I don't always need a battle axe to handle something that a hatchet could do).
04/21/2013
Sammi Sammi
My doctor is pretty happy to suggest natural products if at all possible, which I'm happy about. I don't take very many, either prescription or natural, but I like that she's willing to suggest the options for treating things.
04/21/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I take a ton of vitamins (about 24 per day) - but when necessary I take the regular medicine including testosterone and cialis - even though there are supposed natural remedies. The vitamins have helped me avoid the usual sniffles, colds and flu - not much more than that.
04/21/2013
bayosgirl bayosgirl
I take several supplements to support my health and my unborn baby's. I am not opposed to pharmaceutical medications when needed, but I like to try and PREVENT illness, and if it does occur then treat it naturally if possible.
04/22/2013
bratcat bratcat
im actually planning on taking with my doctor about this when i go in. I'm currently taking two prescription medications for a mood & sleep disorder, and i was wanting to taper down and eventually get off my pills. I've known people have have great success with herbal supplements in loo of a medication for mood disorders such as depression.
I should be taking fish oils though.
04/22/2013
js250 js250
I hate taking pills of any kind--so was curious about what others are doing for their health. I am trying a couple natural remedies for my RA, but they take about a month to work.
04/22/2013
GONE! GONE!
No, I use both. I don't like swallowing pills but I'll take a supplement or medication if I think it will really help.
04/23/2013
jr2012 jr2012
If I can, I try to do neither. Luckily I don't have any serious diagnoses so I can avoid it.

I do like natural remedies for tummy aches/nausea, which I get in spells sometimes. Ginger tea and those compression wristbands really do make a difference for me!

Sometimes during cold season I will take Airborne too, because I get so paranoid!
04/23/2013
spiced spiced
When I suffered from depression, I was on Prozac and then Paxil, neither one of which did much to help me. A friend recommended St. John's wort; to my surprise, it actually worked for me.

Currently, both my wife and I are completely drug-free. The only thing I take is cod liver oil, which has worked wonders for my chronic knee pain (or should I say formerly chronic knee pain?).
04/23/2013
SourAppleMartini SourAppleMartini
I do and quite often. For example turmeric powder works far better on my hay fever than over-the-counter antihistamines.
04/24/2013
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