Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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...

Jun 1, 2007 Issue
Ginger: An Overview [Article]

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is one of the more commonly used herbal supplements. Although often consumed for culinary purposes, it is taken by many patients to treat a variety of conditions. Ginger has been shown to be effective for pregnancy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting. There is ...

Apr 1, 2007 Issue
Peppermint Oil [Article]

Peppermint leaf and peppermint oil have a long history of use for digestive disorders. Recent evidence suggests that enteric-coated peppermint oil may be effective in relieving some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. A combination product including peppermint oil and caraway oil seems to b...

Dec 1, 2005 Issue
St. John's Wort [Article]

St. John's wort has been used to treat a variety of conditions. Several brands are standardized for content of hypericin and hyperforin, which are among the most researched active components of St. John's wort. St. John's wort has been found to be superior to placebo and equivalent to standard antid...

Oct 1, 2005 Issue
Milk Thistle [Article]

Milk thistle has been used as a cytoprotectant for the treatment of liver disease, for the treatment and prevention of cancer, and as a supportive treatment of Amanita phalloides poisoning. Clinical studies are largely heterogeneous and contradictory. Aside from mild gastrointestinal distress and al...

Sep 15, 2005 Issue
Coenzyme Q10 [Article]

Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance used in the treatment of a variety of disorders primarily related to suboptimal cellular energy metabolism and oxidative injury. Studies supporting the efficacy of coenzyme Q10 appear most promising for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease ...

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