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Physical, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine in the Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders

Pelvic floor disorders encompass abnormalities of urination, defecation, sexual function, pelvic organ prolapse, and chronic pain, and can have significant quality of life implications for patients. Current guidelines recommend behavioral modifications and conservative treatments as first-line therapy for pelvic floor disorders. We have reviewed the literature for articles published on physical, complementary, and alternative treatments for pelvic floor disorders over the past 5 years.

Prevalence and Predictors of Herbal Medicine Use Among Adults in the United States

To describe the prevalence of herbal medicine use among US adults and to assess factors associated with and predictors of herbal use. Read more here.

Complementary and Conventional Providers in Cancer Care: Experience of Communication with Patients and Steps to Improve Communication with Other Providers

Effective interdisciplinary communication is important to achieve better quality in health care. The aims of this study were to compare conventional and complementary providers’ experience of communication about complementary therapies and conventional medicine with their cancer patients, and to investigate how they experience interdisciplinary communication and cooperation. Read more here.

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.