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).
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.
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.
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.
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.