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#3 TOP READ / CASE STUDY: Melatonin for Reflux Disease

In this second part of a special report on alternatives to proton pump inhibitors, Today’s Practitioner explores the science behind melatonin.  As the use of PPIs comes in questions for some, there are a number of integrative care doctors seeking alternatives. Long before FDA issued warnings about PPIs, Melvyn Werbach MD described a case study […]

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#9 TOP READ Echinacea & Elderberry Reduces Flu Duration

The coincidental timing of holiday air travel and flu season poses an increased health risk for patients. Two new studies on elderberry or a combination of Echinacea purpurea and elderberry may reduce the duration and severity of symptoms from colds and flu. The first study examined the use of elderberry for travel related respiratory illness.  […]

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Thyroid Autoimmune Disease

Thyroid disorders are often treated with drug therapy, which often have serious side effects and do not necessarily treat the underlying condition leading to the thyroid dysfunction. In recent years there has been increased interest in herbs and supplements as individuals take more interest in their health and well being. (more…) RELATED ARTICLES Aristo Vojdani […]

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Garlic Has Potential Antibacterial Properties for UTIs

Urinary tract infections are the second most common infection, with as many as 8.1 million doctor visits per year, according to statistics from US Health and Human Services. Physicians are concerned about an ever increasing number of cases resistant to the antibiotics Ciprofloxacin and Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMZ). A new study shows that garlic may be a […]

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The Miracle of Mycelium from Medicinal Mushrooms

“Similar to medicines that come from botanicals, many of the chemicals that fungi produce to flourish in the wild are also active in humans. This is likely not a coincidence.” Stamets and Zwickey review the progress of the use of medicinal mushrooms in clinical practice and how this eclectic science (more…) RELATED ARTICLES

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College Students’ Familiarity with CAM Supplements

With parents administering medicinal herbs to children as a preventive alternative to traditional drugs, the research team thought it would be interesting to assess the use of these products during the transition into adulthood through college life. The purpose of this study was to research college students’ perceptions of, familiarity (more…) RELATED ARTICLES Thyroid Autoimmune […]

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Clinical Utility of Curcumin Extract

Turmeric root has been used medicinally in China and India for thousands of years. The active components are thought to be the curcuminoids, primarily curcumin, which is commonly available worldwide as a standardized extract. This article reviews the pharmacology of curcuminoids, their use and efficacy, potential adverse effects, and dosage (more…) RELATED ARTICLES

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Treatment For Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis By Chinese Herbal Medicine: A Randomized Placebo Control Trial

Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR) is a common condition that significantly affects quality of life. The prevalence rate of SAR varies between 1.4% to 39.7% of the popula- tion,2 with relatively higher rates in western countries including Australia (10%). Current western medical approaches for the management of SAR include drug… (more…) RELATED ARTICLES

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Ayurvedic Treatment Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome—A Case Report

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder characterized by sudden onset of severe unexplained fatigue, lasting 6 months or more.1,2 Associated symptoms include impairment of neurocognitive function, non-refreshing sleep, headache, arthral- gias, postexertional malaise, muscle aches, and recurrent sore throat… (more…) RELATED ARTICLES Personalized Integrative Approach to Chronic Fatigue Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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