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Alternative Medicine

Feb 15, 2010 Issue
Health Effects of Hawthorn [Article]

Hawthorn medicinal extract has long been a favored herbal remedy in Europe. The active components of this slow-acting cardiotonic agent are thought to be flavonoids and oligomeric procyanidins. The most studied hawthorn extracts are WS 1442 and LI 132. Reviews of placebo-controlled trials have repor...


Dec 15, 2009 Issue
Evening Primrose Oil [Article]

Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) is a commonly used alternative therapy and a rich source of omega-6 essential fatty acids. It is best known for its use in the treatment of systemic diseases marked by chronic inflammation, such as atopic dermatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is often used ...


Oct 15, 2009 Issue
Medical Marijuana: Informational Resources for Family Physicians [Editorials]


Sep 1, 2009 Issue
Acupuncture for Pain [Article]

Acupuncture is increasingly used as an alternative or complementary therapy for the treatment of pain. It is well tolerated, with a low risk of serious adverse effects. Traditional and modern acupuncture techniques may result in reported improvement in pain patterns. Research on acupuncture has had ...


Aug 15, 2009 Issue
Dietary Fatty Acids [Article]

Fatty acids can be divided into four general categories: saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and trans fats. Saturated fatty acids and trans fats are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids are associated with ...


Aug 1, 2009 Issue
N-Acetylcysteine: Multiple Clinical Applications [Article]

N-acetylcysteine is the acetylated variant of the amino acid L-cysteine and is widely used as the specific antidote for acetaminophen overdose. Other applications for N-acetylcysteine supplementation supported by scientific evidence include prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerb...


Aug 1, 2009 Issue
Are You Talking to Your Patients About CAM? [Editorials]


Jul 15, 2009 Issue
Therapeutic Uses of Magnesium [Article]

Magnesium is an essential mineral for optimal metabolic function. Research has shown that the mineral content of magnesium in food sources is declining, and that magnesium depletion has been detected in persons with some chronic diseases. This has led to an increased awareness of proper magnesium in...


May 1, 2009 Issue
Zinc: An Essential Micronutrient [Article]

Zinc is an essential micronutrient for human metabolism that catalyzes more than 100 enzymes, facilitates protein folding, and helps regulate gene expression. Patients with malnutrition, alcoholism, inflammatory bowel disease, and malabsorption syndromes are at an increased risk of zinc deficiency. ...


Apr 1, 2009 Issue
Green Tea: Potential Health Benefits [Article]

Green tea has been used widely and in high doses for centuries as a health tonic in many societies. Evidence suggests that green tea is effective for treating genital warts. There is some supportive evidence for the use of green tea in cancer prevention. Drinking green tea is associated with a decre...


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