Alternative Medicine Ebooks
JH Do you think that MDMA has anyplace in alternative medicine AW I don't know that I would put it in alternative medicine. I think it has a place in medicine. I wouldn't make a distinction there. For me, the interesting thing is that if the set and setting are properly attended to, MDMA can produce a state of great relaxation and lack of defensiveness in which the body behaves differendy. You see that chronic pain can disappear and that habits can disappear. It can show people that there is a possibility that they're not obliged to have certain symptoms. The experience can motivate them to figure out other ways to maintain that symptom-free state. JH Do you have any opinion about the issue of MDMA being synthetic, as opposed to natural, in terms of its use in alternative medicine make a major distinction there and again, I wouldn't relegate MDMA to the world of alternative medicine. I think it can be used in medicine generally.
There is no question that human research needs to be done, particularly in athletes who consume these supplements in large quantities with no knowledge of their effects in the long term. Although anecdotal evidence suggests that glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate are widely used to ameliorate the symptoms of osteoarthritis and may be effective in some cases, the American College of Rheumatology Subcommittee on Osteoarthritis continues to evaluate recommendations for use.57 The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) in collaboration with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) announced in 1999 a multicenter effort to study the effectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate use in a large database of
Make no mistake behind all of these scare stories is money, the love of which is the root of all evil. The alternative medicine sector of health care has grown into a multi-billion dollar business and people are abandoning traditional medical care for these alternatives. They are sick and tired of the way they are being treated by their doctors, and tired of taking bags full of pills that often make them sicker than the condition for which they are taking them. Pharmaceutical companies, feeling the pinch in their pocketbooks, are fighting back any Wait, you say, it isn't pharmaceutical companies from whom we're hearing scare stories. It's universities and doctors who are pointing out the dangers of alternative medicine. True. So let's follow the money. Despite the commercial success of these campaigns, manufacturers must still contend with the problem of massive customer dissatisfaction with their products and the side effects. As more and more people gravitate to natural remedies,...
Silymarin is probably the most widely used form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the treatment of liver disease in the United States. It has antioxidant activities, it protects against lipid peroxidation, and it has anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic effects. Large controlled trials of silymarin have been performed in Europe, with varying results using doses between 140 to 150 mg orally 3 times daily. In all studies performed thus far, the drug appears quite safe.
Medications have potential side effects, which may reduce patient compliance. Some patients also have a psychological resistance to being on psychotropic medications long-term, hence their seeking other approaches, including alternative medicine . One such approach for which there are actually good epidemiological, clinical and biological data is using supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, which are long-chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids that are a normal component of cell membranes. They are found in the diet in enriched form in plant and marine sources, such as fish oil. Unlike saturated fats, which may have negative health consequences, omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with health benefits in cardiovascular disorders and arthritis.
Abstract Natural remedies for disease have been used for thousands of years, though their discovery was almost always serendipitous and the formulations and applications crude. Many modern medicines were initially derived from natural substances, such as digitalis from the Foxglove plant, penicillin and fusidic acid from fungi. Recent medicines originating from plants include the anti neoplastic agents paclitaxel and docetaxel which come from the Yew tree. Luck, scientific observation and reasoning frequently combined to yield successes. Gold salts such as sodium aurothiomalate were originally developed as anti-tuberculus therapy. They were found to be ineffective but a chance finding was that patients treated with these salts who had concomitant rheumatoid arthritis obtained great relief and now gold salts are commonly used by rheumatologists.
CAM, complementary and alternative medicine AOM, acute otitis media Designation, designation according to criteria for empirically supported therapies (ESTs) by American Psychological Association Division 12 Task Force on Promotion and Dissemination of Psychological Procedures. CAM, complementary and alternative medicine AOM, acute otitis media Designation, designation according to criteria for empirically supported therapies (ESTs) by American Psychological Association Division 12 Task Force on Promotion and Dissemination of Psychological Procedures. In sum, it is clear there is a paucity of high-quality empirical investigations supporting definitive conclusions regarding the efficacy of CAM therapies for pediatric pain. However, the studies to date have produced suggestive findings regarding several modalities that clinical researchers may use as guidance in conducting better-designed investigations. There remain a number of CAM interventions for pediatric pain, including movement...
For centuries, green tea has been used as a folk remedy for diabetes and is effective in the prevention treatment of Type I II diabetes in rodents 44 . Type II diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, often in older populations, and associated with obesity. EGCG consumption tends to lead to weight loss (see above). This may result from higher plasma adiponectin levels, which improves insulin resistance by elevating fatty acid oxidation, reducing gluconeogenesis, and increasing glucose uptake in muscle. Adiponectin also decreases production of the cytokines TNF-a and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in adipose tissue. EGCG treatment increases adiponectin and lowers triacylglycerol levels in obese and nonobese rodent
Other institutes investigated arthritis, eye diseases, neurological diseases, deafness, and diabetes, among other diseases. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed bioinformatics, and the Fogarty International Center coordinated international biomedical research activities. In addition to disease-focused components, institutes for research on the broad areas of child health, aging, nursing, and general medical sciences were also added. In recent years, components for human genome research, complementary and alternative medicine, biomedical imaging and bioengineering, and several others have come into the NIH. In 2002, 27 institutes and centers sponsored multiple research initiatives related to their categorical missions. In addition, trans-NIH initiatives seek to coordinate work across institute boundaries. Special disciplinary interest groups, a bioengineering consortium, and a mammalian gene collection reflect other cross-cutting efforts.
The US-based National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has classified CAM into five major categories (see Table 13.1) 1 . This classification of CAM into whole systems and four domains is a convenient approach to what can be a bewildering array of treatment approaches. However by breaking down CAM into biological, body-based, energy-based and mind-body approaches, such a schema obscures the fact that many of these therapies have at their core a holistic approach to wellness which makes many CAM therapies more similar than discrete. Defining and classifying CAM is also transitory several therapeutic approaches that were once considered CAM are now considered part of mainstream pain medicine these approaches include biofeedback, massage therapy and even, to some extent, needling techniques.
A syrup called Rob was made at one time from bilberries - the juyce of the blacke Soirtleberries is boyled till it become thicke, and is prepared or kept by adding hony or sugar to it the Apothecaries call it Rob (Gerard). The fruit is distinctly astringent, and is still sometimes prescribed for diarrhoea (Schauenberg & Paris), just as it has been for centuries in the Highlands of Scotland (Beith). In parts of France. Bilberries were said to be souveraines contre la colique des enfants (Loux). Both the berries and the leaves are used in an Irish cure for kidney trouble (O Suilleabhain), In north-east Sutherland, too, they were used for dissolving kidney stones (Beith). Bilberry tea (up to ten cups a day, very hot), was a Russian folk remedy for asthma diabetes was treated there by strict diet and a prescription of infusion of dried bilberry leaves - a tablespoonful to a cup of boiling water infused for half an hour. Another use for the leaves or young shoots in Russia was for...
Folk remedies for the treatment of the innumerable ailments that befall humans and their animals are found worldwide. Although less important than herbal remedies, insects play a role in the folklore of healing and drug use. One of the most well-known insect-derived folk medicines is cantharidin. This powerful vesicant is derived from dried blister beetles, particularly Lytta vesicatoria. Although cantharidin can be extremely toxic to humans, as recently as the early 1900s cantharidin was used to treat a variety of ailments such as asthma, epilepsy, warts, sterility, and bedwetting. In Europe, where the drug as well as the beetle is known as Spanish fly, powdered cantharidin was taken orally for its purported qualities as an aphrodisiac. Cossinus, a close friend of the Roman Emperor Nero, reportedly died when an Egyptian doctor gave him cantharis to drink for treatment of a skin disease. Although generally based on some empirical observation some time in the distant past, the validity...
In the autumn, the root was dug up for use in many home remedies, despite the knowledge of its toxic nature an overdose leads to paralysis of the respiratory systen, and subsequent death (Emboden. 1979). In Alabama they used to say that pokeberry-root tea was good for tuberculosis, and taking a poke-root bath was helpful for the itch (R B Browne). They even used the root for thrush by, of all things, putting it in whisky and giving it to the child to drink The berries mixed with whisky form a cure for rheumatism in Kentucky, where another practice was to use the dried berries made into a tea, or just eat the raw berries, for the same complaint (Thomas & Thomas). The Indiana remedy for arthritis is to eat fresh or dried pokeber-ries daily (Tyler). It still continues in use as a Cancer-root, and for many of the same problems for which belladonna was prescribed (Emboden. 1979), and in Indiana, the patient with tuberculosis was advised to drink Poke-root juice (Brewster).
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