When you have a headache, which hemisphere of the world do you turn to for help?
Below is a list of some of the better known techniques from both sides of the spectrum. It is by no means comprehensive, but it serves as a quick comparison.
What do you think? When your health is on the line, who do you trust to fix you up?
|Back and Neck Pain||Narcotic pain medications such as codeine, hydrocodone, and oyxcodone may be prescribed for severe back and neck pain. Side effects and risks include: impairment of mental functions, drowsiness, significant constipation and addiction.||The Alexander Technique, Pilates and the Feldenkrais Method help people learn to move in a more flexible and coordinated method that can reduce pain and relieve muscle stress. Yoga posturesimprove flexibility and strength and help with psychological aspects of pain.|
|Headache||Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. Side effects for ibuprofen include: rash, ringing in the ears, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, abdominal pain, nausea and heartburn. Ibuprofen may cause ulceration of the stomach or intestine.||The herb Kudzu has been shown to effectively relieve migraines and cluster headaches, according to a study by Yale University Doctor Andrew Sewell. Acupuncture may also offer some degree of relief for chronic headaches.|
|Fatigue||Five-hour energy and highly caffeinated drinks are common palliative remedies for fatigue. Common side effects include: Dizziness, irritability, nausea, insomnia and nervousness.||Chinese herbal remedies such as ginseng seek to boost the body’s supply of qi-an Eastern concept that describes the body’s “energy flow.” Preliminary research has shown that ginseng appears to relieve fatigue and boost energy in people undergoing treatment for cancer.|
|Depression||Prescription antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft are a common remedy for depression in Western society. Some side effects for antidepressants include: nausea, weight gain, decreased libido, erectile
dysfunction, fatigue, insomnia, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, dizziness and anxiety.
|Herbal remedies, acupuncture and moxibustion — burning herbs on or near the body to expose the body to heat and smoke. Yoga, a balanced diet and breathing techniques are believed by many to be natural cures for depression.|