Coal tar products are commonly used as a treatment for psoriasis.
Just as in nutrition, there are certified aromatherapists who can assist providers in helping their patients use essential oils safely.
Long-term use of alfalfa has an immune-stimulating effect and can worsen autoimmune conditions such as lupus and multiple sclerosis.
Frankincense is one of a multitude of rediscovered botanical products being studied for use in a variety of diseases and conditions.
Holy basil's protective mechanisms are thought to be due to the increase in antioxidant activity and alteration in gene expression.
Kratom's legal future is uncertain, pending further review from the DEA and FDA.
Cloves, most commonly known in foods, are also excellent sources for treating pain in the oral cavity.
Foods are the preferred source of vitamin K; however, supplements are widely available in many subtypes.
Spider web silk has been used for fabric, wound care, and is now the topic of some amazing research.
Inulin is a collective term for a large group of complex, natural carbohydrates.
The use of gold therapy as an anticancer agent appears promising, as does its more common use as a DMARD.
D-mannose is a simple sugar that can be used as an effective alternative to antibiotics in a number of conditions.
Found in pineapple, bromelain is a well known proteolytic enzyme.
Slippery elm may be beneficial for patients with GI complaints.
Could cannabidiol (CBD) be an acceptable use of medical marijuana?
Chromotherapy focuses on rebalancing patients' chakras.
Bright light therapy may be safe and effective in children and adolescents.
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.
Often included in probiotic products, L acidophilus has been studied for its possible impact on a multitude of human ailments.
Virgin coconut oil may be beneficial for lipid levels and the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Trial results show that patients with chronic neck pain benefit from acupuncture and Alexander Technique treatment in conjunction with their usual pain management.
A derivative of cysteine, taurine plays multiple roles in the body, including stabilizing membranes, signaling calcium, and regulating cardiac and skeletal muscle function.
The most common medical use for pumpkin seeds is managing benign prostatic hypertrophy.
A wide array of OTC and herbal products can help treat patients with GI issues.
The leaves and roots of the marshmallow plant can be used as an antitussive and for sore throat relief.
Over 25% of geriatric oncology patients reported using complementary and alternative medications.
For breast cancer survivors, acupuncture was more effective than gabapentin for treating hot flashes.
Hops can be used as a sedative in place of more dangerous substances like benzodiazepines.
A significant number of pain patients who use alternative therapies have not discussed them with their clinicians.
A number of evidence-based, nonpharmacologic approaches are available for patients with hypertension.