Alternative Medicine Update

Coal tar: an anti-inflammatory treatment for psoriasis

Coal tar: an anti-inflammatory treatment for psoriasis

Coal tar products are commonly used as a treatment for psoriasis.

Alfalfa: weighing the risks and benefits

Alfalfa: weighing the risks and benefits

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

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

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

Kratom's legal future is uncertain, pending further review from the DEA and FDA.

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