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Alternative medicine includes a wide range of practices that are not recognized by the medical community as standard or conventional but are often used instead of standard treatments but their practitioners. Alternative medicine and healing therapies are growing popularity and acceptance but are not covered by the health insurances. If you have knowledge on topics like hiropractic, herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, reiki, meditation, biofeedback, reflexology, etc or you would like to learn more about these topics, feel free to join these forums.
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Drugs and medications are used to prevent and treat symptoms of diseases according to established medical guidelines. One of the most common symptoms is pain. Mild to moderate pain can usually be treated with analgesic medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. For chronic or severe pain, opiates and other narcotics are often used, sometimes along with analgesics; with steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs when the pain is related to inflammation; or with anti-depressants, which can increase the effects of some pain medications without raising the actual dose of the drug, and which affect the brain's perception of pain. Inside these forums you can discuss or seek information regarding different groups of medications.