Belief Makes Real and Validating Alternative Medicine

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In UNICULT, we know that belief makes real. This means that if you believe something, then it is real in your reality. One scientifically provided example of this is cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT for short. This treatment focuses on identifying negative thoughts and beliefs about the person or the world around them that are challenged in order to alter their mindset. This is a proven science that shows that if you believe something, it becomes real.

People who go through their day thinking poorly of themselves exist on a lower vibration, but they don’t have to stay there. Another example of belief makes real in modern medicine is the placebo effect. This is an effect where people who are given a drug which has no active ingredient, but are told that is does, report receiving benefits that they expect to see. This is why in clinical trials there must be two control groups at least, one to receive a placebo and another to receive the actual drug. Similarly, the belief that you have consumed alcohol can actually make you tipsy. Source: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 'Fake alcohol' can make you tipsy

These are actual examples of how belief makes real exists. UNICULT teaches how this can benefit you. 

There has been a lot of debate about homeopathic and alternative medicines. The amount of belief you have in the power of these plants and crystals, might have a lot to do with how well they work on you. See the following list of some of the magical things you can believe in that can help potentially aid in your healing. 

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Further bridging this divide between what people see as homeopathic treatment and verified medical treatment, there exist many drugs which are based on natural sources. For example, bismuth is a crystal that is widely believed to help with stomach problems, as well as giving you energy to achieve your goals. A common over-the-counter medication called Pepto Bismol, generic name bismuth subsalicylate, contains this crystal. A side effect of pepto bismol is a black tongue, and looking at the crystal, you can see why this might be.

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Another stomach remedy is ginger, which is believed to treat motion, morning, and chemotherapy sickness. The non-drowsy version of the nausea medication gravol does not contain dimenhydrinate at all, but simply ginger. Because of this, it is safe for use during pregnancy. 

Omega-3, or fish oil, is an effective supplement in lowering cholesterol and rheumatoid arthritis since it reduces inflammation in the body. However, like any drug, it can interact with other supplements and can cause bruising and bleeding. People who don’t like taking pills can find Omega in their diet in foods like salmon, flax seeds, canola oil, avocados, and many more. 

Chromium is safe and effective for short term use for diabetes treatment. Since diabetes is such a dangerous condition that can lead to neuropathy, and blindness as well as many other complications, it needs to be used in conjunction with lifestyle improvements (diet, exercise) and whatever a healthcare practitioner recommends. It also interacts with other anti-diabetic agents and bittermelon.

Ginseng is an adaptogen which is a herb which is non-toxic to the body’s physiological functions. It is effective at treating fatigue, but will only bring energy to normal if low. It has many interactions so be sure to mention your use of this to your pharmacist if you are taking it. Major interactions include insomnia, warfarin (a blood thinner), anticoagulants, stimulants, lasix (a diuretic), it can increase blood pressure, heart rate, and QT interval. There are antidepressants such as citalopram and antibiotics that also lead to a prolonged QT interval. 

Ginkgo Biloba also known as the maidenhair tree is used to increase cognitive function and support dementia and Alzheimer's treatment. It interacts with anti-platelets, anti-coagulants, and causes a drop in blood pressure since it thins the blood and vasodilates.

Glucosamine is a substance naturally found in bones, because of this, it is used to treat osteoarthritis in both humans and dogs. By eating something already in your body, it can help to build up what your body is lacking. It is fairly well-tolerated and only interacts with warfarin.

St. John’s Wort is a common alternative therapy for mild depression available over-the-counter. It is effective in treating seasonal depression. It is not recommended to take this with other antidepressant medications since it can increase your risk for serotonin syndrome. It also interacts with birth control and unplanned pregnancy has occurred while taking this.

Black cohosh is a menopause treatment which my professor absolutely loved. She had seen the effectiveness of it treating hot flashes in her patients face to face for many years. It is fairly well-tolerated causing only a bit of stomach upset. It is effective for up to six months before the body no longer gets its effect. 

Kava kava is used as a natural sedative. It can help with anxiety and insomnia. Excessive use can cause liver-toxicity, and it interacts with other central nervous system depressants such as benzodiazepines.

Bittermelon is another effective treatment for diabetes. It interacts with chromium and other anti-diabetic agents.

Finally, something we love in food, cinnamon is actually helpful in treatment of diabetes. It interacts with warfarin since coumarin is sometimes in it and is similar to coumadin (warfarin) in structure. It also interacts with other anti-diabetic agents.

In conclusion, alternative medicine can have valid usage, however, like any medicine we must be educated so that we can safely use alternative therapies in a way that benefits our life. 

This is an article for education purposes only and does not replace the guidance that your healthcare workers can provide. 

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