Ethnobotanical medicine is effective against the bacterium causing Lyme disease
(Frontiers) A preclinical in vitro study shows that selected plant-based herbal medicines, especially Ghanaian quinine and Japanese knotweed, work better than antibiotics against the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. These findings represent an important step towards the development of treatments that might be better tolerated and more effective than the current standard of care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Poisoning by medical plants - Farzaei MH, Bayrami Z, Farzaei F, Aneva I, Das SK, Patra JK, Das G, Abdollahi M.
BACKGROUND: Herbal medications are becoming increasingly popular with the impression that they cause fewer side effects in comparison with synthetic drugs; however, they may considerably contribute to acute or chronic poisoning incidents. Poison centers re... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Scientists look at anti-cancer ability of compound in great burnet herb used in Chinese Medicine
(Natural News) The flowering plant scientifically known as Sanguisorba officinalis (great burnet) is a common Chinese herbal medicine used to stop bleeding and reduce inflammation. Research suggests that it has great therapeutic potential due to its broad range of biological properties, which include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. In a recent study published in the journal Chinese Medicine, Chinese researchers explored... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Multiple organ dysfunction and rhabdomyolysis associated with moonwort poisoning: report of four cases - Li F, Chen AB, Duan YC, Liao R, Xu YW, Tao LL.
BACKGROUND: Moonwort is a widely used Chinese herbal medicine. It has various pharmacological effects, such as relieving cough and preventing asthma. To date, multiple organ dysfunction and rhabdomyolysis caused by moonwort poisoning have not been reported... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Homeopaths banned from practising quack autism 'treatment' by Government
The Professional Standards Authority today issued a deadline for homeopaths to stop the advertising as NHS national medical director Stephen Powis said the decision isn't enough. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus and “Alternative” Treatments
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, and bats. The new strain of coronavirus identified as the cause of the outbreak of respiratory illness in people first detected in Wuhan, China, has been namedCOVID-19. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - February 12, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Yoga for Health
Many people practice yoga for health-related reasons, such as for well-being and fitness, to help control stress, or to help manage or prevent a health problem. Results of studies on the effects of yoga on health have found that yoga may be more beneficial for some health conditions than for others. This issue of the digest summarizes the current research on yoga for several health conditions and in different populations. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - February 10, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Which herbal treatments in TCM help boost memory?
(Natural News) Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is defined as the transitional stage between cognitive decline caused by aging and severe cognitive decline caused by brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Research suggests that the prevalence of MCI increases with age, affecting about 25.2 percent of adults between the ages of 80 and 84.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is the science behind The Goop Lab's claims?
Gwyneth Paltrow's exploration of alternative therapies has angered critics, including the NHS. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Indian Authorities Propose Use of Homeopathy to Prevent Coronavirus
Critics of the practice say the guidance is irresponsible and could give users a false sense of security. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - February 7, 2020 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets: Questions and Answers
The FDA continues to warn consumers that Hyland's Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets: Questions and Answers
The FDA continues to warn consumers that Hyland's Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: FDA Source Type: news

In Coronavirus, China Weighs Benefits of Buffalo Horn and Other Remedies
China is advising doctors to consider mixing Western antiviral drugs with traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of the coronavirus. But experts question the efficacy of Chinese remedies. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sui-Lee Wee Tags: Medicine and Health Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) Epidemics Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Alternative and Complementary Medicine World Health Organization Xi Jinping China Hubei Province (China) Source Type: news

Patients With Hidradenitis Suppurativa Often Turn to Alternative Medicine Patients With Hidradenitis Suppurativa Often Turn to Alternative Medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is common among patients with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), more than half of whom report dissatisfaction with conventional treatment, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 5, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Postmarketing Adverse Event Reporting for Medical Products and Dietary Supplements During an Influenza Pandemic
This guidance provides recommendations to industry regarding postmarketing adverse event reporting for drugs, biologics, medical devices, and dietary supplements during an influenza pandemic. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - February 2, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Guilty Plea: Male Enhancement Pills Were Not “All Natural” Supplements
misbranded drug, pharmaceutical grade, erectile dysfunction, drugs, Chin a, herbal remedies, Rick Shepard, Overland Park KS, Epic Products, Euphoric, adult novelty stores, Tadalafil, Sildenafil, Viagra, Cialis, capsules, labels, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - January 30, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Low-Back Pain and Complementary Health Approaches: What You Need To Know
What ’s the Bottom Line?What do we know about the effectiveness of complementary health approaches for low-back  pain? (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 28, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

How to sleep: Three herbal teas proven to promote a good night’s sleep
HOW TO sleep: Struggling to get the required amount of sleep each night is an uphill struggle for many people in the UK. While the situation may seem insurmountable, mounting evidence backs drinking certain herbal teas to get your sleep-cycle back into a healthy routine. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sympathetic Nervous System Influences Development and Tissue Maintenance, Mouse Research Suggests
New research funded in part by NCCIH suggests that stress-induced hair graying in mice may be an accessible model to investigate how stress influences tissue regeneration. Read about it here. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 27, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Public Health Alert Concerning Nopalina Flax Seed Powder and Nopalina Flax Seed Capsules and Salmonella Contamination
The FDA advises consumers to stop using Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (powder) and Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (capsules) identified by certain lot numbers due to possible Salmonella contamination. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 27, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

6 Health benefits of seaweed, an underwater superfood
(Natural News) Seaweed, or sea vegetables, are an extremely versatile and popular superfood. They’re used to wrap sushi rolls, are used as a main ingredient in many soups and stews and are a common ingredient in many dietary supplements. Many around the world love to eat them because of their taste, their versatility and because of the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ABH NATURE ’S PRODUCTS, INC, ABH PHARMA, INC., and STOCKNUTRA.COM, INC. Issues Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Dietary Supplement Products
ABH NATURE ’S PRODUCTS, INC, ABH PHARMA, INC., and STOCKNUTRA.COM, INC. recall ALL lots of its dietary supplement products. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 23, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Stem Cell Technology Helps Scientists Generate a Previously Unknown Type of Sensory Neuron
Humans may have a special type of sensory nerve cell that senses both cold and mechanical force, new research involving stem cells shows. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 21, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

6 Health benefits of seaweed, an underwater superfood
(Natural News) Seaweed, or sea vegetables, are an extremely versatile and popular superfood. They’re used to wrap sushi rolls, are used as a main ingredient in many soups and stews and are a common ingredient in many dietary supplements. Many around the world love to eat them because of their taste, their versatility and because of the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

February Council Meeting To Feature Symposium on Oversight of Clinical Trials
The National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH) will meet on Friday, February 7 on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 17, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D. Source Type: news

Fish Oil Supplements Tied to Sperm Health
Young men who took fish oil supplements had higher sperm counts, a greater sperm volume and larger average testicular size. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Sperm Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Fish and Other Marine Life Oils and Fats Vitamins Testicles Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Best supplements for lowering blood pressure
Some people take dietary supplements to help reduce high blood pressure. Do these supplements work, and are they safe? Learn what the research says. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Blood / Hematology Source Type: news

Patients with newly diagnosed chronic musculoskeletal pain are prescribed opioids more often than recommended
[em]NIH study shows treatment recommendations impacted by patient and physician  factors[/em]Study finds that patients experiencing new chronic musculoskeletal pain are prescribed opioids more often than physical therapy, counseling, and other nonpharmacologic approaches. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 16, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Goop Targets Gaps in Patient Care Goop Targets Gaps in Patient Care
The size of the complementary and alternative medicine market is an'indictment against the conventional medical industry,'says F. Perry Wilson. What can be done to reverse this growing trend?Medscape (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - January 15, 2020 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Antioxidant Supplement Use During Chemo May Increase Risk for Breast Cancer Recurrence
This study provides data for consideration when discussing with patients the use of dietary supplements while undergoing chemotherapy. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - January 15, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Hannah Slater Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the benefits of cold and hot showers?
Cold showers and hot showers may have different effects on the body. In this article, learn about the potential benefits of each, as well as some risks. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Study: Drinking Tea May Help You Live Longer, Especially If It ’ s Green
This study strengthens the body of evidence that habitual tea drinking is associated with lower rates of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, though it cannot prove that it’s definitely the tea that’s responsible,” Dr. Jenna Macciochi, a lecturer in immunology at the University of Sussex, told the SMC. However, she noted that “a body of evidence in nutrition suggests that whole diet patterns are more informative of diet-disease relationships than any isolated food or nutrient.” Dr. Duane Mellor, a registered dietitian and senior teaching fellow at Aston Medical School, Aston University, sai...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Green Tea Source Type: news

Study Explores Clinical Management of New Cases of Musculoskeletal Pain
Contrary to practice guidelines, many patients are initially prescribed opioids for a new chronic musculoskeletal pain problem. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 10, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

In the New Year, Resolve To Go Beyond “Quick Fixes”
In her NCCIH Director’s Page message, Dr. Helene Langevin offers suggestions to people striving for better health and well-being. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 8, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Mindfulness could help us unlearn fear
Recent research adds to the evidence that mindfulness practice may enable us to eradicate unhelpful fears — and continue to keep them at bay. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Early Prostate Cancer Treatment: Surveillance and Alternative Medicine
Title: Early Prostate Cancer Treatment: Surveillance and Alternative MedicineCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 1/8/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/8/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - January 8, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Zinc, folic acid supplement does not improve male fertility, NIH study suggests
Dietary supplements containing zinc and folic acid are often marketed as a treatment for male infertility. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - January 7, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Zinc, folic acid supplements fail to enhance male fertility
(University of Utah Health) Zinc and folic acid, a pair of dietary supplements long touted as an effective treatment for male infertility, failed to improve pregnancy rates, sperm counts, and sperm potency in a new study conducted at University of Utah Health and other medical centers in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health. According to the researchers, the finding presents the most definitive evidence to date that so-called fertility supplements do not live up expectations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

(Science) Investigating the multiple biological activities of Annona muricata
In this study, researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysia examined the cytotoxicity, as well as the anti-tumor-promoting and antioxidant activities, of various Annona muricata extracts, including an isolated acetogenin called annonacin, in vitro. Their results were published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Annona muricata or soursop belongs to the family Annonaceae. It is a plant enriched... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman, 23, suffers life-threatening liver failure 'because of the herbal supplement she was taking'
Emily Goss, from Amarillo in Texas, first noticed symptoms of sudden liver failure in November and her doctor is convinced it was caused by the Alani Nu herbal supplement she was taking. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts: Oversight needed for safety, efficacy of nutritional supplements
Researchers say the $40 billion-a-year dietary supplements industry exists on the offer of health benefits. While many people believe they work, there is little good evidence of their efficacy. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supplement Use Among Individuals With Parkinson Disease Supplement Use Among Individuals With Parkinson Disease
Which dietary supplements are most commonly taken by persons with Parkinson disease, and how prevalent are their use?Southern Medical Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Yoga May Bring a Brain Boost, Review Shows
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - December 31, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Neurology, Psychiatry, Sports Medicine, Alternative Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Mindfulness training may lower blood pressure
A recent study concludes that a specially designed mindfulness curriculum can significantly benefit individuals with high blood pressure. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Study: Clove essential oil can keep blood sugar levels at bay after eating
(Natural News) The aromatic flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum plant known as cloves are common ingredients in many cuisines and in traditional medicine. Besides being a natural antibacterial and having anti-obesity properties, cloves have also been reported to have anti-diabetic properties. In a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers from India and the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using Twitter To Learn About Patient-Provider Communication on Pain
This new study sheds light on how pain patients and health care providers interact on Twitter. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 27, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Ancient Egypt got it right with peppermint: Here are 15 conditions it can treat
(Natural News) Ancient Egyptians and other peoples from early times relied on peppermint as herbal medicine. Today, the medicinal plant enjoys scientific confirmation of its ability to heal many conditions, 15 of which will be covered today. Peppermint belongs to the aromatic mint family. Its cousins likely fill the cupboard in the kitchen. The mint itself usually... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients with chronic kidney disease could benefit from herbal baths – review
(Natural News) Chinese herbal bath therapy (CHBT) is an ancient method of healing that has been used for thousands of years. Like modern herbal baths, CHBT involves mixing an herbal decoction or herbal extracts in warm bathwater. According to ancient Chinese records, CHBT is an effective treatment for internal diseases like osteoarthritis and skin itching (pruritus) associated... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Reflecting on My First Year, Inspired by NCCIH ’s First 20
Dr. Helene Langevin reflects on her first year as NCCIH Director and NCCIH’s 20th anniversary in this Director’s Message. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 26, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Antioxidant, Supplement Use May Worsen Breast Cancer Outcomes
THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 -- Use of antioxidants and other dietary supplements before and during chemotherapy is associated with worse survival outcomes for patients with breast cancer, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in the Journal of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 26, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news