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Everything You Wanted To Know About Alternative Medicine In Texas But Were Afraid To Ask

Aug 17, 2007
Many people in Dallas, Houston and throughout Texas are increasingly looking for ways to improve their health and well-being.

The following are ways to make using alternative medicine safer:

Look for a practitioner who is licensed by the state of Texas or is recognized by a medical association. If the practitioner is licensed, the licensing board can provide information about this practitioner's education, training, and background, as well as disciplinary background.

Choose a practitioner who practices several alternative therapies or who is trained in both conventional and alternative medicine. The practitioner should listen to you and be sensitive to your needs. As with any other healthcare practitioner, you should be able to communicate comfortably and develop a good working relationship.

After you have chosen a practitioner, ask him or her about the safety and effectiveness of the proposed treatment. Also mention any therapies and treatment you are already receiving.

You may think alternative medicine has no long-term track record, but it's actually been around for a number of years. Many of the medications and practices considered alternative or non-traditional find their roots in traditional African, American, Asian and European medicine. Because of their widespread popularity overseas, some alternative medications used in the U.S. may have already been tested abroad, even though the federal Food and Drug Administration has not yet tested nor approved them here. Also keep in mind that medication is just one small part of alternative medicine. Physical, spiritual, and mental therapies that are noninvasive and don't require you to take medication are just as popular.

Tips for using alternative medicine

Do not treat yourself - seek the advice of a physician.

To find an alternative medicine practitioner, talk to your current doctor. Your health insurer may also be able to provide referrals.

Do your homework before trying alternative medicine. Libraries, bookstores, health food stores, and the Internet are good places to find information. Your physician or insurer may also be able to provide you with information.

Continue gathering information even after you have selected an alternative practitioner and/or alternative treatment - this can help you practice the treatment and monitor its effectiveness.

Although alternative medicine may have an important role in maintaining your health, don't forget the need for quality traditional-medicine health insurance. Traditional medicine has a role, particularly with respect trauma and other acute care. And the traditional-medicine cost of an unexpected health event can be financially devastating.
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Pat Carpenter writes for Precedent Insurance Company. Precedent puts a new spin on health insurance. Learn more at Precedent.com
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