When used as a part of one's daily fat intake, red palm oil, which is rich in carotenoids and vitamin E, may help prevent various illnesses.
The American Heart Association has issued evidence-based recommendations for implementing non-dietary and non-drug based BP-lowering treatments.
Lycopene, an antioxidant that occurs abundantly in plants, is known as a potential mitigating agent for cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The seeds of the fenugreek plant, which are used for medicinal purposes, contain saponins, alkaloids and other antioxidants.
Acupuncture improved quality of life scores and reduces antihistamine use among patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis, but benefits were short lived.
Reflexology uses subtle pressure on specific muscle areas of the feet or hands to stimulate blood flow and nerve impulses that then trigger the release of endorphins and retained toxins.
Despite its long history, there are scarce scientific data supporting the clinical utility of iridology, an alternative medicine technique.
Rosmarinus officinalis is rich in iron, calcium and vitamin B6, and has been credited with improving cognition and memory.
Although the mechanism of action in eucalyptus oil is still unclear, the agent is generally thought to be anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, and there is some evidence that it can be used as an antifungal.
Dehydroepiandrosterone may help ease anxiety and depressive symptoms, and medication-induced extrapyramidal symptoms in schizophrenics.
Acupuncture provides effective relief for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and chronic headache, results of a metaanalysis show.
Stinging nettle has been used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions since the 10th century.
Medicinal properties of marigold-derived compounds include antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antitumor effects.
Results of a meta-analysis suggests that probiotics may reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea by as much as nearly 50%.
The National Institutes of Health noted that there is enough scientific evidence of acupuncture's efficacy to warrant its use in certain clinical situations.
An analysis of 29 clinical trials examining the effects of short-term vitamin C supplementation on BP has demonstrated some benefit.
Patients often consider supplements and herbs harmless, but combining them with other drugs can have devastating consequences.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force did not find sufficient evidence to support the use of vitamin D and calcium supplements to prevent cancer and osteoporotic fractures.
Eating a moderate amount of dark chocolate daily may offer a long-term, cost-effective way to reduce cardiovascular events in patients at risk for heart disease.
While niacin is well known for preventing pellagra, it is only in the past 15 to 20 years that other medicinal uses for this common vitamin have emerged.
After 12 weeks of acupuncture patients with COPD had better Borg scale score and improved walk distance on the six-minute walk test compared to those assigned to placebo.
A growing body of evidence has linked the tart cherry to substantial anti-inflammatory benefits, including reduced arthritic and gout pain, and several cardiac benefits.
Try bright light therapy before sleep medications or stimulants for patients with insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders.
Saffron contains more than 50% of the USDA's recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, iron and magnesium, and more than 30 % of the recommended daily phosphorus and potassium.
Medical hypnotherapy today is most commonly used for pain management, treatment of anxiety or psychosomatic illness, and treatment of behavioral disorders.
Selenium supplements are unnecessary for the majority of the U.S. population, and may even be harmful.
Wild yam is an herbal remedy for menstrual discomfort and menopausal symptoms, and has also been suggested as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Advise patients who are bothered by the fishy taste of omega-3 fish oil capsules to freeze the supplements.
Goldenseal, one of the most popular herbs in the United States today, is used as a base in many herbal preparations. Also known as yellow root, ground raspberry or Indian turmeric, goldenseal is credited with a number of different medicinal properties.
Two large studies have underscored the benefits of yoga for people suffering from low back pain.