Be Careful with ‘Alternative’ Therapies
Due to adverse reports about modern allopathic medicines, many people are moving towards alternative therapies and healing techniques. But have you ever wondered how effective these are? The point to be noted is that almost everyone wants to make money by exploiting the fears of others. This is a sad but a bitter truth.
 
In their attempt to find a solution to their problems, people start believing in alternative therapies without bothering to verify their effectiveness. They forget that they may not be moving towards healing or getting cured, at all. People who get swayed by all the positive feedback and heaps of praise on social media about a service are often gullible. 
 
Let me narrate my own encounter with alternative therapy when I was struggling for months trying to correct a ruptured heel (it is a condition called plantar fasciitis). An ayurvedic centre in Pune, that follows a Kerala-style ayurvedic treatment, sent me on a wild goose chase for close to 65 days. The doctor's charges were nominal (Rs100 for consultation) but what is the point if the medication prescribed is useless? I spent close to Rs3,000 on different types of oils, painkillers and a...
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Hemant Gedam

4 weeks ago

Hi
Good article.
I am also suffering from plantar fasciitis since many years and have consulted many doctors without any improvement.
Is it possible to provide additional details of the treatment which has relieved your heel pain?
Thanks
Hemant

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Girija Santhanam

In Reply to Hemant Gedam 3 weeks ago

Hello Hemant, Plantar Fascilitis is a painful condition however you can do regular cold pack/ hot pack before sleep. Gels are available in medical shops; you can refrigerate this pack and tie it on the heel area; then you can sit and watch TV serials; after 20 minutes, tie this cold pack on the other heel area; Do this regularly; Check for Vitamin D (D3), Serum calcium, Vitamin B12 deficiency; these are actually blood tests and any pathological center will do this; Then your general physician may prescribe supplements; I am still taking Vitamin D supplement every week; One advise is that don't over exert yourself while walking; I switched over to wearing soft shoes that are priced upwards of Rs 3000/-; while walking, do not rush. If you are a diabetic then do minimum walking that is needed; if you are not, then avoid strenuous exercises for a few days; Keep telling yourself that you are getting better and better every day; a good physio therapist may treat for heat treatment called IFT. You should remember that plantar fascitis is painful because of the inflammation of the nerves from the heel to the toes;
For almost three weeks, I used to keep my feet in a bucket of hot water for 20 minutes and then afterwards keep my feet in cold water for 20 minutes'; now i am regularly keeping cold pack; it is good to listen to music/ watch TV while you are doing this to avoid boredom.
Believe me, plantar fasciitis is only a temporary condition and if you take proper care, you will be healed quickly; but check the credentials of any doctor whom you visit.

Hemant Gedam

In Reply to Girija Santhanam 3 weeks ago

Hi Girija, Many Thanks for the reply.

archana_rahatade

4 weeks ago

I agree with you. I have same experience with ayurvedic treatment from one of the known brand. I have spent almost 5000 Rs. but no cure. As usual doctor blamed me for not following diet properly.

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Girija Santhanam

In Reply to archana_rahatade 3 weeks ago

Very sorry to know about this Archana. There are so many ayurvedic centres that have cropped up in every nook and corner; Ayurveda is in principle a good alternative therapy; but quacks and money minded practitioners have made it into a business to exploit people.

Anand Vaidya

4 weeks ago

Here's how you decide which one to choose: For acute illnesses (eg: need a surgery, severe pain, bleeding, infections etc) choose allopathy.
For Chronic illnesses(high BP, asthma, allergies, obesity, T2 diabetes etc), alternative med and methods (including diet/exercise/mediation) may have better treatment than pill pushers of the Big Pharma.
Use your judgement. Don't use a razor to chop down a tree.

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Girija Santhanam

In Reply to Anand Vaidya 3 weeks ago

Dear Anand, I agree with you. Let me share an example of a friend who took a second opinion when he had pre-diabetes like condition and he was having HbAc ie glycosolated haemoglobin of 6.8; he was taking Patanjali's drugs and juices regularly; however he admitted that he wasn't careful about his diet; this is the problem; people think by taking diabetes drugs, diabetes will be under control; but unless you supplement this with proper diet and regular exercise, controlling diabetes is going to be a challenge.
Coming back to the friend, he took second opinion from a MD in cardiology and self styled diabetes consultant (almost every MD in cardio seems to be making hay while the sun shines by calling themselves diabetes specialists). For a five minute consultation, the doctor charged Rs 800 and may to be justify his charges, he recommended my friend to double the dosage of the Metformin drug that he was taking.
Why I am writing this is because medical opinion is highly subjective; some doctors adopt a minimal approach; some are extremists in that they recommend high dosages; It is upto the patient to take care of his health and do what he feels is right; If you wish to avoid metformin, then first your blood sugar should be under control and then you can experiment with Patanjali or other drugs/nature cure; without this, the patient is putting himself under grave risk. Let us accept that diabetes is hereditary and is a life style disease; if you watch what you eat and actually count your calories, then 50% of the problem is solved then and there; self diagnosis is harmful; diagnosis under the care of a trusted medical/ alternative healing practitioner is recommended; but one thing is for sure - please don't go for hypnotherapy as it can turn counter productive if the therapist is not adequately trained.

Anand Vaidya

In Reply to Girija Santhanam 3 weeks ago

Madam, I agree whole heartedly with you. The "western" medical system educated doctors for whatever reasons fail in the following. My list is from actual observations during treatment:
Prescribed anti-hypertensive drugs and statins for my relative and when we checked her blood test readings , both were normal and healthy range!!!
Some of them don't even listen to the patient and ask about food/stressors/other hidden causes etc, They want to spend 3 mins max , scribble a prescription and get rid of the patient.
I have scolded one doctor for using a faulty BP measuring device (for my mother)... Ultimate!
My suggestion is , for lifestyle ailments we can't r/ should not rush to an allopathic doctor. The medicines they irresponsibly recommend will cause more harm than good. We must google, read, understand and cross question the prescription.
I am sure Dr. B.M.Hegde would agree!

Anand Vaidya

In Reply to Anand Vaidya 3 weeks ago

Now for small problems (cough, fever, upset stomach etc) we have standardized on a neighborhood Ayurvedic doc whose treatment with empathy and minimal pharma drugs + herbals (usually, ginger, tulsi etc based pills)
But if I were to see some one with a heart attack, I will definitely rush to ER of an hospital, no doubt

Rajnish Bahuguna

1 month ago

Same is the case with most of private big hospitals even in allopathy, they charge you exorbitantly without any logic or ask you to get operated even if you don't need. These type of people exist in all industries, not just "alternative therapies." Even the so called specialists have also been found to be "fake," so customers beware
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/20-specialists-found-to-have-fake-degrees-80-more-under-scanner/articleshow/63635033.cms

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Girija Santhanam

In Reply to Rajnish Bahuguna 3 weeks ago

Rajnish, this is indeed scary; we all know about the unholy liaison between medical fraternity, pharma companies, Third party administrators and health insurance companies; if I am not mistaken, then ML has covered this in the past; we as consumers fail to look at the elephant in the room. The Hippocrates' oath has long been forgotten - so it appears considering the credibility of the medical professionals today; Doctors seem to be becoming impatient and lacking empathy; if you have built a multi speciality clinic and purchased expensive equipments, then you have to trap patients to undergo those tests whether they are needed or not. God help us in the future!

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