Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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...

Jan 1, 2009 Issue
Soy: A Complete Source of Protein [Article]

Soybeans contain all of the essential amino acids necessary for human nutrition and have been grown and harvested for thousands of years. Populations with diets high in soy protein and low in animal protein have lower risks of prostate and breast cancers than other populations. Increasing dietary wh...

Nov 1, 2008 Issue
Probiotics [Article]

Probiotics are microorganisms with potential health benefits. They may be used to prevent and treat antibiotic-associated diarrhea and acute infectious diarrhea. They may also be effective in relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and in treating atopic dermatitis in children. Species commo...

Aug 15, 2008 Issue
Glucosamine [Article]

Glucosamine is one of the most popular dietary supplements sold in the United States. Most clinical trials have focused on its use in osteoarthritis of the knee. The reported adverse effects have been relatively well studied and are generally uncommon and minor. No significant supplement-drug intera...

Jan 1, 2008 Issue
Herbal and Dietary Supplement-Drug Interactions in Patients with Chronic Illnesses [Article]

Herbs and other dietary supplements may alter the actions of prescription and nonprescription drugs. Harmful effects are most pronounced with anticoagulants, cardiovascular medications, oral hypoglycemics, and antiretrovirals. Physicians should routinely ask patients about their use of dietary supplements and provide information about the safety and effectiveness of these products.

Aug 15, 2007 Issue
Herbal and Dietary Supplements for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders [Article]

Use of complementary and alternative medicine has increased over the past decade. A variety of studies have suggested that this use is greater in persons with symptoms or diagnoses of anxiety and depression. Data support the effectiveness of some popular herbal remedies and dietary supplements; in s...

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