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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Nausea and Vomiting

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are commonly used in the general population, often without involvement of physicians. This chapter is devoted to describing some common and safe complementary and alternative therapies for nausea and vomiting, with discussions on possible mechanism of action and review of the current literature. This chapter aims to aid in closing the gap between patients’ and physicians’ perceptions around CAM. Read more here.

Anti-inflammatory and In-vitro Antibacterial Activities of Traditional Chinese Medicine Formula Qingdaisan

Qingdaisan (Formulated Indigo powder, QDS) are widely used for treatment of aphtha, sore throat and bleeding gums in China. The aim of the study is to evaluate the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and dental ulcer therapeutic effects of QDS. Read more here.

A Scoping Review on Models of Integrative Medicine: What Is Known from the Existing Literature?

Integrative medicine (IM) has been recognized and introduced into Western healthcare systems over the past two decades. Limited information on IM models is available to guide development of an optimal healthcare service. A scoping review was carried out to evaluate IM models in the extant literature, including the distinctive features of each model, to gain an understanding of the core requirements needed to develop models of IM that best meet the needs of patients. Read more here.

Effects of Sulfur Bath on Hip Osteoarthritis: A Randomized, Controlled, Single-Blind, Follow-Up Trial: A Pilot Study

The effects of balneotherapy were evaluated in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip. This randomized, controlled, investigator-blinded study enrolled outpatients with hip osteoarthritis according to ACR criteria. In addition to home exercise therapy, one patient group received balneotherapy for 3 weeks on 15 occasions. The mineral water used in this study is one of the mineral waters with the highest sulfide ion content (13.2 mg/L) in Hungary. The control group received exercise therapy alone.

Short-Term Efficacy of Pudilan Keyanning Toothpaste in Treatment of Minor Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers

To examine the potential of Pudilan Keyanning toothpaste (PKT) to treat minor aphthous ulcers (MiAU).Method. A double-blind clinical trial was conducted in which 80 volunteers were randomly assigned to the PKT group or the control group. The control group used a placebo toothpaste containing no Pudilan extract. At baseline, after 3 days, and after 6 days the following parameters were recorded for the target ulcers: healing rate, healing period, pain (visual analogue scale, VAS), areas of the target ulcerated lesions, degree of exudation, and hyperemia. Results.

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.