Which complementary medicine modalities are worth doing?

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Consider taking fish oil to decrease high triglycerides.   The American Heart Association recommends 2 to 4 grams per day of fish oil with DHA to help decrease triglycerides.   The most common side effects of fish oil is bloating and belching and should not be given after an acute bleeding event.

 

Oral glucosamine sulfate may reduce osteoarthritis pain and improve joint function. Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is considered a building block of cartilage proteoglycans. It occurs naturally in the body, but the glucosamine in supplements is from seashells. Glucosamine stimulates components of the knee to help delay joint degeneration. Glucosamine 500 mg three times a day was found to be significantly helpful in studies.

 

Antibiotic-associated diarrhea is a common problem. Probiotics can prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea. The studies showing this benefit gave between 5 billion to 40 billion colony forming units per day. The most commonly used probiotics are from Lactobacillus and Saccharomyces genera. These are considered relatively safe, but are not recommended for immunocompromised people or those with an indwelling medical device.

 

Acupuncture should be considered as an additional modality to help patients with chronic low back pain. Also, yoga has helped with both short-term and long-term decrease in back pain.   For more information see http://bit.ly/yoga-as-therapy

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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