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Probiotics and Subclinical Psychological Symptoms in Healthy Participants: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Interest in the gut–brain axis and emerging evidence that the intestinal microbiota can influence central nervous system function has led to the hypothesis that probiotic supplementation can have a positive effect on mood and psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Although several human clinical trials have investigated this, results have been inconsistent. Therefore, a systematic review and meta-analytic approach was chosen to examine if probiotic consumption has an effect on psychological symptoms.

Effectiveness of Ginger Essential Oil on Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in Abdominal Surgery Patients

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of aromatherapy with ginger essential oil on nausea and vomiting in abdominal surgery patients. Read more here.

The Modified Gingyo-San, a Chinese Herbal Medicine, has Direct Antibacterial Effects Against Respiratory Pathogens

MGS, which is sold as an over-the-counter drug in Japan, was used for the study. Antimicrobial activity was evaluated using the disk diffusion method. Growth inhibitory activity was evaluated by measuring colony-forming units of the pathogens in the presence of MGS. Read more here.

Mexican Medicinal Plants with Anxiolytic or Antidepressant Activity: Focus on Preclinical Research

Anxiety and depression are considered the most prevalent psychiatric disorders worldwide. In Mexico, the use of medicinal plants to alleviate the symptoms associated with these psychiatric disorders is increasing. However, there is little scientific evidence that validates the efficacy of these plants. This evidence needs to be critically revised, and further studied to provided scientific support for their use. Read more here.

Phyto-Anesthetics: A Mini-Review on Herb–Anesthesia Drug Interactions

Over the years studies have shown the high prevalence rate in the use of herbal drugs among patients, doctors and health workers as such there is a need to take care of any health consequences associated with herbal drugs administrations. Herbal drugs are made of pharmacologically effective constituents, that can interact with anesthesia drugs that risk the life of the patients in question. In addition, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of herbal drugs are yet to be fully understood thus still needs more study.

Introducing Essential Oils into Pediatric and Other Practices at an Academic Medical Center

Aromatherapy is an integrative intervention that uses essential oils to address symptom management, potentially as a first-line intervention or as a complement to other medical treatments. Aromatherapy is gaining widespread acceptance and increased scientific evidence of efficacy. Integrative and holistic nursing care uses integrative therapies such as aromatherapy and the principle of moving from a less invasive intervention to a more invasive intervention according to patient needs, symptoms, and preferences.

Nurses’ Experiences and Perceptions of Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Workplace Stress Management: A Qualitative Study

Workplace stress is prevalent amongst nurses. Healthcare employers have implemented complementary and alternative therapies (CATs) for relaxation and stress management, within workplace wellbeing programmes for their employees. In-depth interviews were conducted with 12 registered nurses to explore the perceptions and experiences of nurses towards accessing CATs within and outside the workplace. Interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed using conventional, qualitative thematic techniques.

Herb-drug Interaction: Effect of Poly-Herbal Formulation on Glibenclamide Therapy in Patients with Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus

The influence of poly-herbal formulation (Mehagni) on allopathic drug like glibenclamide mainly on plasma glucose level, lipid level and pharmacokinetic parameters in patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus. Read more here.

A Multicenter, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Trial Assessing the Effects of a Multicomponent Nutritional Supplement for Treating Photoaged Skin in Healthy Women

In the first multicenter study conducted with this multicomponent nutritional supplement, no significantly greater effects vs. placebo were observed on the primary endpoint, perhaps because of significant between-site variability. Read more here.

Update on the Clinical Effect of Acupuncture Therapy in Patients with Gouty Arthritis: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Based on the findings of our study, we cautiously suggest that acupuncture is an effective and safe therapy for patients with gouty arthritis. However, the potential beneficial effect of acupuncture might be overstated due to the methodological deficiency of included studies. High quality RCTs with larger scale are encouraged. Read more here.