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Bacillus coagulans: Monograph.

Authors:
Julie S Jurenka

Altern Med Rev 2012 Mar;17(1):76-81

Thorne Research, Inc., Dover, ID 83825, USA.

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Application of the essential oil from copaiba (Copaifera langsdori Desf.) for acne vulgaris: a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.

Altern Med Rev 2012 Mar;17(1):69-75

Department of Pharmacy, Centro Universitario Vila Velha, Espirito Santo, Brasil.

Copaiba oil-resin is widely used in traditional medicine due to its anti-inflammatory, healing, and antiseptic activities. This research aims to extract and evaluate the qualitative and quantitative composition of copaiba essential oil from the oil-resin, and test its effects, after incorporation in a gel applied in volunteers with acne, in a double-blind placebo controlled clinical trial. The essential oil was extracted by steam distillation, and purified by freezing to remove the residual remnant water. Read More

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A randomized controlled trial of a multifaceted integrated complementary-alternative therapy for chronic herpes zoster-related pain.

Altern Med Rev 2012 Mar;17(1):57-68

Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Introduction: Our objective was to determine whether a three-week complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approach integrating several therapies from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) along with neural therapy (injection of 1% procaine as local anesthesia) reduces the level of unresolved pain associated with herpes zoster.

Methods: The design was a randomized controlled clinical trial in a community-based primary care clinic in Toronto, Ontario. We studied individuals 18 years of age and older with a confirmed diagnosis of herpes zoster of at least 30 days duration and with at least moderate postherpetic neuralgia pain (ā‰„4) on a 10-point Likert scale. Read More

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Nutritional supplement therapy improves oxidative stress, immune response, pulmonary function, and quality of life in allergic asthma patients: an open-label pilot study.

Altern Med Rev 2012 Mar;17(1):42-56

Institute of Biomedical Nutrition, Hung Kuang University, Taiwan, Republic of China.

Objective: To examine the effects of nutritional supplement therapy on oxidant-antioxidant status, inflammation and immune system responses, pulmonary function, and health-related quality of life in patients with mild to moderate allergic asthma.

Methods: Adult asthma patients (n=30) received daily multiple nutrient supplements for two months. Age- and gender-matched healthy controls (n=30) did not receive any supplements. Read More

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Use of a standardized extract from Echinacea angustifolia (Polinacea) for the prevention of respiratory tract infections.

Altern Med Rev 2012 Mar;17(1):36-41

Velleja Research, Pontenure, Italy.

Echinacea preparations are extensively used for the prevention and the management of the common cold. Despite this popularity, the clinical studies on Echinacea have produced mixed results, possibly in part because of the poor characterization of the extracts investigated and the use of different species and/or plant parts for the preparations investigated in the various trials. To address this issue, Polinacea, a highly standardized extract from a well-defined botanical source (roots of Echinacea angustifolia) with a specific phytochemical profile (presence of the complex polysaccharide IDN5405, the phenylethanoid echinacoside, and substantial lack of alkamides) was developed. Read More

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The effects of yoga on anxiety and stress.

Altern Med Rev 2012 Mar;17(1):21-35

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Brighton, MA 02135, USA.

Stress and anxiety have been implicated as contributors to many chronic diseases and to decreased quality of life, even with pharmacologic treatment. Efforts are underway to find non-pharmacologic therapies to relieve stress and anxiety, and yoga is one option for which results are promising. The focus of this review is on the results of human trials assessing the role of yoga in improving the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety. Read More

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Do environmental toxicants contribute to allergy and asthma?

Altern Med Rev 2012 Mar;17(1):6-18

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, AZ, USA.

The rates of asthma and allergy (Type 1 hypersensitivity disorders) have been increasing worldwide for the last few decades. Various theories have been proposed to account for this alarming trend. One of these is the impact of environmental toxicants. Read More

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Atlas shrugged (kind of).

Authors:
Al Czap

Altern Med Rev 2012 Mar;17(1):1-4

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Astaxanthin, cell membrane nutrient with diverse clinical benefits and anti-aging potential.

Authors:
Parris Kidd

Altern Med Rev 2011 Dec;16(4):355-64

University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

Astaxanthin, a xanthophyll carotenoid, is a nutrient with unique cell membrane actions and diverse clinical benefits. This molecule neutralizes free radicals or other oxidants by either accepting or donating electrons, and without being destroyed or becoming a pro-oxidant in the process. Its linear, polar-nonpolar-polar molecular layout equips it to precisely insert into the membrane and span its entire width. Read More

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December 2011

The effects of L-theanine (SuntheanineĀ®) on objective sleep quality in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.

Altern Med Rev 2011 Dec;16(4):348-54

University of British Columbia, BC, Canada.

Introduction: The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of L-theanine as an aid to the improvement of objectively measured sleep quality in a population of 98 male children formally diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Methods: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted involving boys, ages 8-12 years, who had been previously diagnosed with ADHD. An experienced physician confirmed the diagnosis of ADHD in each subject. Read More

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December 2011

A clinical trial testing the safety and efficacy of a standardized Eucommia ulmoides Oliver bark extract to treat hypertension.

Altern Med Rev 2011 Dec;16(4):338-47

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, USA.

Background: A tea made from Eucommia ulmoides leaves and bark is part of the Japanese diet. Eucommia is an herbal medicine that, by increasing nitric oxide, reduced blood pressure (BP) in rats and humans in an uncontrolled clinical trial.

Objective: A controlled clinical trial was conducted to evaluate an aqueous bark extract of Eucommia standardized to eight percent pinoresinol di-beta-D-glucoside (PG) for BP reduction in humans. Read More

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December 2011

Complementary and alternative medical therapies for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Altern Med Rev 2011 Dec;16(4):323-37

University of Johannesburg, Department of Homeopathy, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a commonly diagnosed childhood disorder characterized by impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. ADHD affects up to 1 in 20 children in the United States. The underlying etiologies of ADHD may be heterogeneous and diverse, and many possible risk factors in the development of ADHD have been identified. Read More

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December 2011

A review of the use of mercury in historic and current ritualistic and spiritual practices.

Authors:
L Charles Masur

Altern Med Rev 2011 Dec;16(4):314-20

Doctor's Data, Inc., Charles, IL 60174-2420, USA.

Mercury (Hg) occurs naturally in the environment and has been used in numerous medicinal, commercial, and industrial applications over many centuries. Also, it has played significant historical, as well as current, ethno-medical and magico-religious roles in a number of different cultures. In recent times, awareness has emerged that exposure to mercury can have serious adverse health consequences. Read More

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December 2011

The role of persistent organic pollutants in the worldwide epidemic of type 2 diabetes mellitus and the possible connection to Farmed Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar).

Altern Med Rev 2011 Dec;16(4):301-13

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, AZ, USA.

Rates of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), both in the United States and worldwide, have been rising at an alarming rate over the last two decades. Because this disease is viewed as primarily being attributable to unhealthy lifestyle habits, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on encouraging increased exercise, better dietary habits, and weight loss. Recent studies reveal that the presence of several persistent organic pollutants (POPs) can confer greater risk for developing the disease than some of the established lifestyle risk factors. Read More

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December 2011

Argan oil. Monograph.

Altern Med Rev 2011 Sep;16(3):275-9

School of Medicine-Pharmacy, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France.

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September 2011

Pantothenic acid. Monograph.

Authors:
Gregory S Kelly

Altern Med Rev 2011 Sep;16(3):263-74

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September 2011

A case report of a 53-year-old female with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis: focus on lab testing and CAM therapies.

Authors:
Kara Fitzgerald

Altern Med Rev 2011 Sep;16(3):250-62

Institute for Functional Medicine, USA.

A 53-year-old female presented with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. Additional conditions and symptoms included Raynaud syndrome, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome associated constipation (IBS-C), gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), menopausal symptoms, chronic urinary tract and upper respiratory infections, and weight gain. She was taking Arthrotec (a combination of diclofenac and misoprostol - for pain and inflammation), Fosamax Plus D (alendronate with vitamin D3 - recently prescribed because of low bone density), and Catapres (clonidine - for menopausal symptoms). Read More

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September 2011

Reassessing bioavailability of silymarin.

Altern Med Rev 2011 Sep;16(3):239-49

Department of Pharmaceutics, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India.

Silymarin, a flavonolignan derived from Silybum marianum, possesses diverse pharmacological activities, including hepatoprotective, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and cardioprotective. Although clinical trials have shown silymarin is safe at high doses (>1500 mg/day) in humans, the pharmacokinetic studies over the past three decades related to absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of silymarin have revealed poor absorption, rapid metabolism, and ultimately poor oral bioavailability. For optimum silymarin bioavailability, issues of solubility, permeability, metabolism, and excretion must be addressed. Read More

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September 2011

The use of glucosamine, devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens), and acupuncture as complementary and alternative treatments for osteoarthritis.

Altern Med Rev 2011 Sep;16(3):228-38

Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Florida, FL, USA. .

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic inflammatory conditions seen in the general population. Current pharmacological treatments focus on reduction of pain and increased mobility to improve overall quality of life. However, the relief afforded by current standard care is often insufficient and can be associated with significant side effects. Read More

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September 2011

Sauna as a valuable clinical tool for cardiovascular, autoimmune, toxicant- induced and other chronic health problems.

Altern Med Rev 2011 Sep;16(3):215-25

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, AZ, USA.

Sauna therapy has been used for hundreds of years in the Scandinavian region as a standard health activity. Studies document the effectiveness of sauna therapy for persons with hypertension, congestive heart failure, and for post-myocardial infarction care. Some individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic fatigue, chronic pain, or addictions also find benefit. Read More

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September 2011

Another pithy editorial.

Authors:
Al Czap

Altern Med Rev 2011 Jun;16(2):103-5

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Quercetin. Monograph.

Authors:
Gregory S Kelly

Altern Med Rev 2011 Jun;16(2):172-94

Alternative Medicine Review.

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Conservative management of post-surgical urinary incontinence in an adolescent using applied kinesiology: a case report.

Altern Med Rev 2011 Jun;16(2):164-71

Chiropractic Health Center, Pueblo, CO 81004, USA.

Introduction: This case report describes the successful treatment of an adolescent female suffering daily stress and occasional total urinary incontinence with applied kinesiology methods and chiropractic manipulative therapy.

Patient Presentation: A 13-year-old female developed unpredictable urinary incontinence and right hip pain immediately following emergency open appendectomy surgery. The patient was forced to wear an incontinence pad throughout the day and night for 10 months because of unpredictable urinary incontinence. Read More

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Does supplementation with green tea extract improve insulin resistance in obese type 2 diabetics? A randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled clinical trial.

Altern Med Rev 2011 Jun;16(2):157-63

Institute of Traditional Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Background: Green tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It is believed to have beneficial effects in the prevention and treatment of many diseases, one of which is type 2 diabetes. The aim of the study is to examine the effect of a decaffeinated green tea extract (GTE) providing a daily dose of 856 mg of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) on obese individuals with type 2 diabetes. Read More

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Curcumin for inflammatory bowel disease: a review of human studies.

Altern Med Rev 2011 Jun;16(2):152-6

Department of Pharmacy, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.

Objective: To evaluate the use of curcumin in inflammatory bowel disease.

Data Sources: ALTMEDEX, Comprehensive Database of Natural Medicines, MEDLINE/PubMed were searched from January 1980 through May 2009 using the terms curcumin, turmeric, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica, Indian saffron, inflammatory bowel disease. Data was limited to human trials. Read More

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Management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in adults: conventional and complementary/alternative approaches.

Altern Med Rev 2011 Jun;16(2):134-51

College of Nursing, Department of Adult and Elderly, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder with a range of symptoms that significantly affect quality of life for patients. The difficulty of differential diagnosis and its treatment may significantly delay initiation of optimal therapy. Hence, persons with IBS often self-treat symptoms with non-prescribed pharmacological regimens and/or complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) and by modifying diet and daily activities. Read More

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