Alternative Medicine

Copper: A metal for osteoarthritic pain management

Copper: A metal for osteoarthritic pain management

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Oral copper supplements are not recommended unless extensive metabolic testing shows a true copper deficiency.

Kefir: A natural probiotic with vitamins, minerals, and proteins

Kefir: A natural probiotic with vitamins, minerals, and proteins

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Commercially prepared kefir is considered to be safe, mainly as a result of the pasteurization process that is required for dairy products.

Cod liver oil: An antibacterial, antifungal agent

Cod liver oil: An antibacterial, antifungal agent

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Cod liver oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid and has high concentrations of vitamins A and D.

Boron: a water-soluble element found in the earth's surface

Boron: a water-soluble element found in the earth's surface

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Boron is found in small amounts in the earth's surface and is thought to be produced by the collection of particulate matter of meteorites.

Coal tar: an anti-inflammatory treatment for psoriasis

Coal tar: an anti-inflammatory treatment for psoriasis

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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