4 Things You Need To Know If You’re Trying Non-Traditional Medicine

4 Things You Need To Know If You’re Trying Non-Traditional Medicine

Natural cures, or folk remedies, have been used for centuries. In some cases, patients, or families of patients may turn to natural treatments when traditional medicine doesn’t deliver results. In other cases, the natural remedies may be a part of the family tradition or a cultural tradition. Before adding a natural cure or folk remedy to your loved one’s care regimen, it’s always best to check with a doctor.

  1. Natural Cures Aren’t Formally Tested: Many natural cures and folk remedies simply have not undergone the extensive testing that befits the current standards of evidence-based medicine. Doctors are taught to rely on clinical trials. And having a variety of formal trials under the correct conditions provides the strongest results from the medical point of view. This experience may be different for individuals who are using something that has worked on them and their mother and grandmother. While having seen something work for yourself, or having a trusted individual assure you of its efficacy is reassuring, it does not count as formal proof.
  2. Many Folk Remedies Do Have An Effect: Many natural remedies do have an effect on the patient. However, this effect is simply not well understood from a scientific point of view. You should still treat a natural remedy like medicine and follow instructions carefully.
  3. Always Tell Your Doctor: It is imperative that your doctor knows about your loved one’s entire care regimen and this includes any natural medications or folk remedies. Seeing the entire picture will help your doctor make better choices. If at all possible, speak to your doctor before trying any form of non-traditional treatment.
  4. Take Your Doctor’s Advice: In some cases, your doctor may advise you against utilizing a certain folk remedy. This is often because certain folk remedies may intervene with your loved one’s medical care regime and in some cases, may even lead to serious adverse effects. Your doctor should be able to elaborate on the specific reasoning.

Utilizing folk remedies can provide comfort to yourself and your loved one. However, it is imperative that you inform and work with your doctor if you do consider alternative treatments. Caring for a loved one is challenging but help and support are available.

Brooke Sutton, President, RN

Brooke Sutton, owner of Sutton Home Care and a Springfield native, is a fully licensed Registered Nurse with over ten years experience in the healthcare field.

Brooke provides trusted home care services to numerous patients in the Springfield market which has earned her agency the reputation of being the premier home care agency in this area.
Brooke Sutton’s journey to the home care sector began while she was working as a Registered Nurse at Lakeland Behavioral Health.While at Lakeland, she learned and developed her skill working with psychiatric patients as well as patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. After Lakeland, Brooke worked as a Community Health Nurse for the Arc of the Ozarks providing home health care services to dual diagnosis patients living at home.Brooke has also worked in the Emergency Room setting which has given her the ability to recognize and communicate problems and potential issues before they arise.

Brooke and her husband Sean live in Springfield and have three children (Brett who is twelve, Karaline who is eight, and Henry who is four).Brooke is active in church and enjoys spending her free time at Table Rock Lake or with family and friends.

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