Alternative Medicine

Cloves effective for treating oral cavity pain

Cloves effective for treating oral cavity pain

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

Vitamin K

Vitamin K

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Slippery elm: an effective anti-inflammatory agent

Slippery elm: an effective anti-inflammatory agent

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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

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Chromotherapy focuses on rebalancing patients' chakras.

Bright light therapy effectively treats psoriasis, acne

Bright light therapy effectively treats psoriasis, acne

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Astragalus may help treat cancer, heart failure

Astragalus may help treat cancer, heart failure

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Research is being done on the use of astragalus root for the treatment of cancer and congestive heart failure.

Magnesium helps prevent, manage asthma attacks

Magnesium helps prevent, manage asthma attacks

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Daily oral supplements and a magnesium-rich diet is efficient in managing mild, moderate and severe asthma exacerbation.

Xylitol, toxicity, and pets

Xylitol, toxicity, and pets

Xylitol can be used as an alternative medicine but is very toxic to dogs.

Methylsulfonylmethane may alleviate osteoarthritis burden

Methylsulfonylmethane may alleviate osteoarthritis burden

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Methylsulfonylmethane may help treat osteoarthritis and may eventually create a way to detect melanoma.

Integrating alternative medicine, psoriasis treatment

Integrating alternative medicine, psoriasis treatment

Consistent evidence supports the use of fish oil supplementation. Zinc supplementation, however, has not been proven effective.

Xylitol: Low-cost treatment for dental caries, upper respiratory infections

Xylitol: Low-cost treatment for dental caries, upper respiratory infections

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Xylitol is a primary sugar alcohol that can be used to help various dental problems as well as upper respiratory and ear infections.

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