Alternative Medicine Update

Hops: More than just a beer ingredient

Hops: More than just a beer ingredient

Hops can be used as a sedative in place of more dangerous substances like benzodiazepines.

Astragalus may help treat cancer, heart failure

Astragalus may help treat cancer, heart failure

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

Methylsulfonylmethane may alleviate osteoarthritis burden

Methylsulfonylmethane may alleviate osteoarthritis burden

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

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

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

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

Lysine for treating herpes simplex virus

Lysine for treating herpes simplex virus

Despite a less-than-robust efficacy profile, lysine supplementation is a safe and inexpensive remedy to try in patients with recurrent HSV outbreaks.

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