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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.

An Evaluation of a Multi-strain Probiotic Supplement on General Wellness in Healthy Adults: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Dose-Response Study

Although many species of bacteria have been evaluated and marketed as probiotics, little work has examined the dose-response effects of probiotics on microbiota and host. A probiotic formulation, containing Lactobacillus helveticus R0052, Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0011, Lactobacillus casei R0215, Pediococcus acidilactici R1001, Bifidobacterium breve R0070, Bifidobacterium longum BB536, Lactobacillus plantarum R1012 and Lactobacillus lactis ssp. lactis R1058, is currently marketed in the U.S. at 5 billion colony forming units (CFU)/capsule and 25 billion CFU/capsule doses.

Relationship Between Falls and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

The objective of this study was to examine the potential relationship between different forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and falls among older adults in New York City (NYC). Read more here.

Prenatal Listening to Songs Composed for Pregnancy and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression: A Pilot Study

Prenatal anxiety and depression are distressing for the expectant mother and can have adverse effects on her fetus and subsequently, her child. This study aimed to determine whether listening to specially composed songs would be an effective intervention for reducing symptoms of prenatal anxiety and depression. Read more here.

Prevalence and Characteristics of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use by Australian Children

This study was conducted to evaluate the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among Australian children within the previous 12 months. Read more here.

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