Alternative Medicine

Coal tar: an anti-inflammatory treatment for psoriasis

Coal tar: an anti-inflammatory treatment for psoriasis

By

Coal tar products are commonly used as a treatment for psoriasis.

Being frank on frankincense and its role in cancer prevention

Being frank on frankincense and its role in cancer prevention

Just as in nutrition, there are certified aromatherapists who can assist providers in helping their patients use essential oils safely.

Alfalfa: weighing the risks and benefits

Alfalfa: weighing the risks and benefits

By

Long-term use of alfalfa has an immune-stimulating effect and can worsen autoimmune conditions such as lupus and multiple sclerosis.

Frankincense: a rediscovered botanical product

Frankincense: a rediscovered botanical product

By

Frankincense is one of a multitude of rediscovered botanical products being studied for use in a variety of diseases and conditions.

Holy basil

Holy basil

By

Holy basil's protective mechanisms are thought to be due to the increase in antioxidant activity and alteration in gene expression.

Kratom: The new alternative to opioids

Kratom: The new alternative to opioids

By

Kratom's legal future is uncertain, pending further review from the DEA and FDA.

Cloves effective for treating oral cavity pain

Cloves effective for treating oral cavity pain

By

Cloves, most commonly known in foods, are also excellent sources for treating pain in the oral cavity.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K

By

Foods are the preferred source of vitamin K; however, supplements are widely available in many subtypes.

Restorative applications of spider web silk

Restorative applications of spider web silk

By

Spider web silk has been used for fabric, wound care, and is now the topic of some amazing research.

Inulin as a nutritional supplement

Inulin as a nutritional supplement

By

Inulin is a collective term for a large group of complex, natural carbohydrates.

Gold may possess anti-inflammatory agents

Gold may possess anti-inflammatory agents

By

The use of gold therapy as an anticancer agent appears promising, as does its more common use as a DMARD.

D-mannose: an effective antibiotic alternative

D-mannose: an effective antibiotic alternative

By

D-mannose is a simple sugar that can be used as an effective alternative to antibiotics in a number of conditions.

Bromelain as a proteolytic enzyme

Bromelain as a proteolytic enzyme

By

Found in pineapple, bromelain is a well known proteolytic enzyme.

Slippery elm: an effective anti-inflammatory agent

Slippery elm: an effective anti-inflammatory agent

By

Slippery elm may be beneficial for patients with GI complaints.

Cannabidiol as medicine

Cannabidiol as medicine

Could cannabidiol (CBD) be an acceptable use of medical marijuana?

Chromotherapy as treatment for medical conditions

Chromotherapy as treatment for medical conditions

By

Chromotherapy focuses on rebalancing patients' chakras.

Bright light therapy effectively treats psoriasis, acne

Bright light therapy effectively treats psoriasis, acne

By

Bright light therapy may be safe and effective in children and adolescents.

Insufficient evidence exists for clinical recommendation of medical marijuana

Insufficient evidence exists for clinical recommendation of medical marijuana

By

Although small studies show potential efficacy of medical marijuana in treatment of specific conditions, insufficient evidence exists for clinicians to recommend or prescribe to patients.

Lactobacillus acidophilus may effectively treat gastric infections, autoimmune conditions

Lactobacillus acidophilus may effectively treat gastric infections, autoimmune conditions

By

Often included in probiotic products, L acidophilus has been studied for its possible impact on a multitude of human ailments.

Coconut oil may improve lipid profiles, reduce abdominal adiposity

Coconut oil may improve lipid profiles, reduce abdominal adiposity

By

Virgin coconut oil may be beneficial for lipid levels and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Alternative therapies may be beneficial for patients with chronic neck pain

Alternative therapies may be beneficial for patients with chronic neck pain

By

Trial results show that patients with chronic neck pain benefit from acupuncture and Alexander Technique treatment in conjunction with their usual pain management.

Taurine: a supplement for cellular physiology

Taurine: a supplement for cellular physiology

By

A derivative of cysteine, taurine plays multiple roles in the body, including stabilizing membranes, signaling calcium, and regulating cardiac and skeletal muscle function.

Managing benign prostatic hypertrophy with pumpkin seeds

Managing benign prostatic hypertrophy with pumpkin seeds

By

The most common medical use for pumpkin seeds is managing benign prostatic hypertrophy.

OTC and herbal 
treatment of upper
 and lower GI problems

OTC and herbal 
treatment of upper
 and lower GI problems

A wide array of OTC and herbal products can help treat patients with GI issues.

Soothing coughs and sore throats with marshmallow

Soothing coughs and sore throats with marshmallow

By

The leaves and roots of the marshmallow plant can be used as an antitussive and for sore throat relief.

Alternative medicine use common among geriatric oncology patients

Alternative medicine use common among geriatric oncology patients

Over 25% of geriatric oncology patients reported using complementary and alternative medications.

After breast cancer, acupuncture more effectively treats hot flashes

After breast cancer, acupuncture more effectively treats hot flashes

For breast cancer survivors, acupuncture was more effective than gabapentin for treating hot flashes.

Hops: More than just a beer ingredient

Hops: More than just a beer ingredient

By

Hops can be used as a sedative in place of more dangerous substances like benzodiazepines.

Patients with chronic pain do not discuss use of alternative therapies with clinicians

Patients with chronic pain do not discuss use of alternative therapies with clinicians

A significant number of pain patients who use alternative therapies have not discussed them with their clinicians.

Integrative medicine treatments 
for hypertension

Integrative medicine treatments 
for hypertension

A number of evidence-based, 
nonpharmacologic approaches are 
available for patients with hypertension.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters