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Integrative Oncology Outpatient Consultations: Long-Term Effects on Patient-Reported Symptoms and Quality of Life

Integrative oncology (IO) seeks to bring non-conventional approaches into conventional oncology care in an evidence-based, coordinated manner. Little is known about the effects of such consultations on patient-reported symptoms. Read more here.

Group Yoga Therapy Impacts Mood States of Adolescents in a Psychiatric Hospital Setting

Managing acutely ill adolescents on a psychiatric unit is a delicate art, and while medication changes are often seen as a primary intervention, teaching youth other skill sets to identify and manage their strong emotions can be a powerful addition to care. Although Yoga is shown to be beneficial in mood regulation in adults, there are few quantitative studies documenting this effect in youth. The goal of this retrospective study is to examine whether yoga affects mood states of adolescents in a psychiatric hospital setting.

Effects of Chinese Herbal Medicine Xiangbin Prescription on Gastrointestinal Motility

To investigate the effects of Xiangbin prescription (XBP), a Chinese herbal concoction, on gastrointestinal motility. Read more here.

Effects of Walnut Consumption on Mood in Young Adults—A Randomized Controlled Trial

Walnuts contain a number of potentially neuroprotective compounds like vitamin E, folate, melatonin, several antioxidative polyphenols and significant amounts of ω-3 fatty acids. The present study sought to determine the effect of walnuts on mood in healthy volunteers. Sixty-four college students were randomly assigned to two treatment sequences in a crossover fashion: walnut–placebo or placebo–walnut. At baseline mood was assessed using Profiles of Mood States (POMS). Data was collected again after eight weeks of intervention.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The effect of FODMAPs and Meditation on Pain Management

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a highly prevalent gastrointestinal disorder. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating. IBS can significantly impact quality of life for patients. Similarity in symptoms can be attributed to other diseases, and the varied symptomatic manifestation among patients can cause physicians to have difficulty in providing a differential diagnosis, prolonging suffering.

The Effect of Fennel on Different Aspects of Menopausal Women's Quality of Life: A Clinical Trial

Objective: Menopause is a natural part of women´s life. According to our country's age pyramid that is toward the aging and elderly, every year large number of women inter this period. During this period, due to the wide fluctuations of the hormones, it is caused unpleasant physical, psychological and sexual symptoms that affect women's quality of life negatively. Because of the side effects of hormone therapy, large proportions of women tend to use complementary and alternative medicine and in particular herbal therapy.

Antioxidant and Hepatoprotective Effects of Capparis spinosa L. Fractions and Quercetin on Tert-Butyl Hydroperoxide- Induced Acute Liver Damage in Mice

The present study investigates the antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects of Capparis spinosa L. and Quercetin in tert-butyl hydroperoxide (t-BHP) induced acute liver damage. Different fractions of C.spinosa were examined for total phenolic content and antioxidant property.

Complementary Medicine Use among General Internal Medicine Inpatients in a Swiss University Hospital

Complementary Medicine (CM) is frequently used by the general population, but data about prevalence among hospitalised patients are scarce. We evaluated the prevalence and determinants of CM use by inpatients, lifetime, 2 months before and during their hospitalisation in a general internal medicine ward. Read more here.

Assessment of Herbal Drugs for Promising Anti-Candida Activity

Microbial infections are diverse and cause serious human diseases. Candida albicans infections are serious healthcare-related infections that are complicated by its morphological switching from yeast to hyphae, resistant biofilm formation and mixed infections with bacteria. Due to the increase in drug resistance to currently used antimicrobial agents and the presence of undesirable side effects, the need for safe and effective novel therapies is important. Compounds derived from plants are known for their medicinal properties including antimicrobial activities.

Anti-Depressant and Anxiolytic Potential of Acacia hydaspica R. Parker Aerial Parts Extract: Modulation of Brain Antioxidant Enzyme Status

Oxidative stress may link to psychiatric disorders, and is being regarded as a plausible mechanism that can affect the regulation of these illnesses. The present study was undertaken to investigate the antidepressant and anxiolytic potential of A. hydaspica R. parkers. Brain oxidative stress enzyme levels were analyzed to correlate depression and stress with brain antioxidant status. Read more here.