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.
Research is being done on the use of astragalus root for the treatment of cancer and congestive heart failure.
Daily oral supplements and a magnesium-rich diet is efficient in managing mild, moderate and severe asthma exacerbation.
Xylitol can be used as an alternative medicine but is very toxic to dogs.
Methylsulfonylmethane may help treat osteoarthritis and may eventually create a way to detect melanoma.
Consistent evidence supports the use of fish oil supplementation. Zinc supplementation, however, has not been proven effective.