I want to state, here and now, that I firmly believe that traditional medicine has its place. I have been witness to the miracles that modern medicine can produce–from healing those with cancer, to mending wounds, to enabling my own children to recover from minor health issues throughout their lives. As you watch your toddler suffer from the effects of pneumonia/influenza by her hospital bedside, you can’t help but be grateful that we live when we do, as you contemplate the what-ifs. What if she had this 100 years ago? How would she have survived? Or knowing that said child’s difficult labor and delivery likely would have killed one or the both of you a couple hundred years prior? Surely, doctors and hospitals have their place.
However, we have all had our share of negative experiences thanks to specific doctors or facilities. Perhaps it is a lack of empathy or bedside manners, a failure to progress or recover from an illness or symptom, even the loss of a loved one without those necessary answers to the questions we had. I know I have experienced this first hand. I have had a medical professional say to my face, as I battled the flu, “Well, what do you expect me to do about this?” I have been handed bottles of pills that provide little to no relief, but many side effects in addition to the regular problem.
What to do then? I know I have thought repeatedly about whether or not I can find ways to heal myself. When you hear of the reported benefits of this fruit or that vegetable, or that such and such herb is known to relieve x, y, or z, well, how can you not listen? When you hear of an old wives’ tale, you often wonder whether it’s bunk “science,” or whether or not years of experience just might be onto something.
After growing disillusioned by the lack of doctors/specialists in my rural area, I have begun to take an interest in alternative medicine, or lack of medication thereof. It is my hope that we can learn to take charge of our own healthcare as much as we can, and that we can have a healthy relationship between modern medicine and alternative/homeopathic treatments.
It is my hope that, thanks to the wonders of the internet, that I can use the Category function here to compile some natural and home remedies for common complaints so that you, dear readers, can add a dash of self-reliance to your health. I am also hoping to hear from you, and to be able to grow and heal from your advice, and that others can do the same.
So, let’s start, shall we?
I’ll be selfish and begin with a current complaint I am having, thanks to Eustachian Tube Dysfunction–vertigo. For some reason, in my area, this is a very frequent problem, whether it is due to elevation, or maybe something in the air from the region’s former industrial history, I’m not sure (this area is also known for allergies and respiratory complaints). I never quite “got” that vertigo could be a crippling ailment until I ended up in the ER this week, hooked to IVs full of fluids and medications. And still, on the ride home from the hospital, it happened again, so obviously, saline and Valium didn’t help, nor has the medication they gave me (side effects: “may cause nausea and dizziness”–really?) that makes me sleep all day (I guess you can’t be dizzy if you’re unconscious).
One of my favorite sources for home and natural remedies is The People’s Pharmacy, a couple who has been working in the health industry for years and who believes in the connection between traditional and alternative medicine. They are a golden resource for those who are struggling with common ailments.
Some resources for those who are suffering from vertigo–
The Epley Maneuver, which is a move that you can do to help regain balance in your inner ear: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/07/26/video-for-vertigo/
For those who suffer medication-induced dizziness: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/02/14/dizziness-is-driving-her-towards-suicide/
Any other tips or tricks for vertigo? I have been given the recommendation for physical therapy, instead of medication. Any experience with this?