Common Misconceptions About Natural Healing Remedies

April 27, 2020 at 4:00 AM
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At Outreach Health and Wellness, we make feeling great and living healthy a top priority. Our patient-centered approach to treatment is coupled with holistic therapies designed to aid the body in self-healing.

Natural healing remedies, also known as naturopathy, make use of alternative medicine involving herbalism, acupuncture, homeopathy, and diet and lifestyle counseling. It is ideal for treating, among other conditions:

  • Chronic pain
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anorexia
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe Depression
  • Dehydration
  • Other Disorders (Cachexia, Severe Muscle Spasms, Seizures, Severe Nausea)

Addressing Misconceptions

There are many misconceptions about natural healing remedies.

1. Very few people use natural healing remedies.

The National Center for Health Statistics conducted a survey on holistic health use in the U.S. in 2007. The resultsindicated that just over 40 percent of American adults used holistic medicine or other forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Americans spent roughly $34 billion on natural healing remedies.

2. Herbal medicine cannot be taken with allopathic medications.

While it is true that some herbs used in holistic treatments can interact with medications, it does not mean that they are mutually exclusive. At Outreach Health and Wellness, our trained holistic practitioners know which herbs interact with which medications, and will never recommend mixing those that can harm our patients. We require all new patients to provide a copy of their complete health records to ensure we are not mixing holistic and allopathic medications that are not designed to work well together.

3. Herbal medication is natural, so it must be safe. 

When prescribed and monitored by an experienced holistic practitioner, natural healing remedies using herbal medications are perfectly safe. Because some herbs are extremely potent, it is never recommended to try herbal medications or treatments without first consulting a holistic practitioner. 

4. Herbal medicine and homeopathy are the same thing. 

These are two completely different therapies. Homeopathy involves a form of energy healing, while herbal medicine relies on medicines created from all or part of plants. 

5. There is no scientific evidence to support natural healing remedies. 

Wrong. Scientific studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of certain holistic treatments for common conditions. Clinical evidence supports the theory that peppermint improves symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Another study denotes the effectiveness of kava in the treatment of anxiety.

6. Natural medicine is not better than conventional medicine. 

While it is certainly not a contest, it is unfair to make this assertion. The U.S. National Cancer Institute, in a 2009 study, established natural resources as a potential source of anticancer compounds.

7. Herbal medicines are not as effective as conventional medicine. 

If herbal medications did not work, then the use of them would not continue to be so popular. Some conventional drugs are derived from natural sources, such as antibiotics. Other natural resources have been modified to produce semi-synthetic derivatives. The most well-known example is aspirin, which belongs to a family of compounds known as salicylates, some of which are found in willow bark.

Holistic Healing

Still have questions on common misconceptions about natural healing remedies? Contact us today by calling (410) 800-4466, or via email at corinne@outreachrecovery.com. Our team of holistic health professionals believe in a no-judgment zone and are here to answer any questions or concerns.