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Evaluation of Ajuga bracteosa for Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic, Antidepressant and Anticoagulant Activities

Ajuga bracteosa has been extensively used traditionally for the treatment of a variety of diseases. The aim of the study was to scientifically validate the wide-scale exploitation of A. bracteosa in folk medicine various in vitro and in vivo assays. Moreover, these activities were related to the intrinsic biologically active phytoecdysteroids of A. bracteosa. Read more here.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Influenza Vaccine Uptake in US Children

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasingly used in the United States. Although CAM is mostly used in conjunction with conventional medicine, some CAM practitioners recommend against vaccination, and children who saw naturopathic physicians or chiropractors were less likely to receive vaccines and more likely to get vaccine-preventable diseases. Nothing is known about how child CAM usage affects influenza vaccination. Read more here.

Low Levels of Calcium or Vitamin D, Which is More Important in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients? An Extensive Data Analysis

Several reports have indicated an association between systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and low levels of vitamin D. We examined several blood work parameters in SLE patients and controls and performed an extensive data analysis in order to investigate the links between blood levels of calcium, vitamin D, and SLE disease. Read more here.

Dietary Supplement Interactions with Antiretrovirals: A Systematic Review

Many patients who take antiretroviral drugs also take alternative therapies including dietary supplements. Some drug-supplement combinations may result in clinically meaningful interactions. We aimed to investigate the evidence for dietary supplement interactions with antiretrovirals. A systematic review was conducted using multiple resources including PubMed, Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database, The Review of Natural Products, and Google Scholar. All human studies or case reports evaluating an interaction between a dietary supplement and an antiretroviral were selected for inclusion.

Effects of a Yoga Program on Menstrual Cramps and Menstrual Distress in Undergraduate Students with Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Single-Blind, Randomized Controlled Trial

A recent study sought to investigate the effects of a yoga program on menstrual cramps and menstrual distress in undergraduate students with primary dysmenorrhea. Read more here.

Aroma Effects on Physiologic and Cognitive Function Following Acute Stress: A Mechanism Investigation

Aromas may improve physiologic and cognitive function after stress, but associated mechanisms remain unknown. This study evaluated the effects of lavender aroma, which is commonly used for stress reduction, on physiologic and cognitive functions. The contribution of pharmacologic, hedonic, and expectancy-related mechanisms of the aromatherapy effects was evaluated. Read more here.

The Effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Treating Patients with Leukemia

Leukemia is the most common malignancy among all childhood cancers, and is associated with a low survival rate in adult patients. Since 1995, the National Health Insurance (NHI) Program in Taiwan has been offering insurance coverage for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with conventional Western medicine (WM). This study analyzes the status of TCM utilization in Taiwan, in both pediatric and adult patients with leukemia.

New Horizon in the Treatment of Sepsis: A Systematic Review of Alternative Medicine

Despite great advancement in treatment of sepsis, mortality of sepsis remains unacceptably high, even with the modern antibiotic and intensive care technologies. Considering the key role of immune dysfunction in sepsis pathophysiology, different treatments were evaluated, but failed to improve survival of patients. Natural remedies have been tested in various studies to overcome sepsis. In this study, we aim to review some of the evidence from clinical, in vitro and in vivo studies about the effect of alternative medicine on sepsis management.

Medical Student Attitudes towards Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Medical Education: A Critical Review

This paper aims to remedy a gap in the knowledge by presenting the first critical review of the literature on major themes relating to medical students perceptions and attitudes towards the exponentially growing field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Read more here.

The Effects of the Court-Type Thai Traditional Massage on Anatomical Relations, Blood Flow, and Skin Temperature of the Neck, Shoulder, and Arm

Court-type Thai traditional massage (CTTM) has specific major signal points (MaSP) for treating musculoskeletal conditions. The objectives of this study are to investigate the anatomical surfaces and structures of MaSPs, and to examine blood flow (BF) and skin temperature (ST) changes after applying pressure on the MaSPs on neck, shoulder, and arm areas. Read more here.