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  1. Recurrent otitis media is a common problem in young children. Echinacea and osteopathic manipulative treatment have been proposed as preventive measures, but have been inadequately studied. This study was desi...

    Authors: Richard A Wahl, Michael B Aldous, Katherine A Worden and Kathryn L Grant

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:56

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  2. Among the naturally occurring compounds, turmeric from the dried rhizome of the plant Curcuma longa has long been used extensively as a condiment and a household remedy all over Southeast Asia. Turmeric contains ...

    Authors: Preeti Dohare, Puja Garg, Uma sharma, NR Jagannathan and Madhur Ray

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:55

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  3. Acokanthera oppositifolia Lam (family: Apocynaceae) is a shrub or small tree with white latex, and the leaves of this plant are used in the form of a snuff to treat headaches and in infusions for abdominal pains...

    Authors: Adeolu A Adedapo, Florence O Jimoh, Anthony J Afolayan and Patrick J Masika

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:54

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  4. In South Africa, Calpurnia aurea (Ait.) Benth is used to destroy lice and to relieve itches, to destroy maggots and to treat allergic rashes, particularly those caused by caterpillars. Antioxidants play an import...

    Authors: Adeolu A Adedapo, Florence O Jimoh, Srinivas Koduru, Anthony J Afolayan and Patrick J Masika

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:53

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  5. This study is part of a nationwide evaluation of complementary medicine in Switzerland (Programme Evaluation of Complementary Medicine PEK) and was funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. The main...

    Authors: Florica Marian, Kerstin Joost, Krishan D Saini, Klaus von Ammon, André Thurneysen and André Busato

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:52

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  6. Soft tissue injury imposes major public health burdens worldwide. The positive effect of China's Tibetan medicine and the Lamiophlomis rotata-based herbal Pain Relieving Plaster (PRP) on healing closed soft tissu...

    Authors: Yong-Zhi Wang, Chun-Yu Guo, Hong-Gang Zhong, Wan-Nian Zhang, De-Long Wang, Xuan Wang and Fu-Hui Dong

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:51

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  7. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is prevalent among HIV-infected patients to reduce the toxicity of antiretroviral therapy. Ginseng has been used for treatment of hyperglycemia and insulin resi...

    Authors: Adriana SA Andrade, Craig Hendrix, Teresa L Parsons, Benjamin Caballero, Chun-Su Yuan, Charles W Flexner, Adrian S Dobs and Todd T Brown

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:50

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  8. We previously hypothesized that achievement of recovery of brain function after the injury requires the reconstruction of neuronal networks, including neurite regeneration and synapse reformation. Kihi-to is c...

    Authors: Chihiro Tohda, Rie Naito and Eri Joyashiki

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:49

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  9. While the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among cancer patients is common and widespread, levels of commitment to CAM vary. "Committed" CAM use is important to investigate, as it may be ass...

    Authors: Johanna Hök, Carol Tishelman, Alexander Ploner, Anette Forss and Torkel Falkenberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:48

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  10. Coronary heart disease patients have to learn to manage their condition to maximise quality of life and prevent recurrence or deterioration. They may develop their own informal methods of self-management in ad...

    Authors: Sheila Greenfield, Helen Pattison and Kate Jolly

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:47

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  11. Functional Bowel Disorders (FBD) are chronic disorders that are difficult to treat and manage. Many patients and doctors are dissatisfied with the level of improvement in symptoms that can be achieved with sta...

    Authors: Miranda AL van Tilburg, Olafur S Palsson, Rona L Levy, Andrew D Feld, Marsha J Turner, Douglas A Drossman and William E Whitehead

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:46

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  12. Evidence-based practice (EBP) has become an important competency in many allied and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) health care practitioners' professional standards of proficiency.

    Authors: Julie Hadley, Ismail Hassan and Khalid S Khan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:45

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  13. The use of animal products in healing is an ancient and widespread cross-cultural practice. In northeastern Brazil, especially in the semi-arid region, animals and plants are widely used in traditional medicin...

    Authors: Rômulo RN Alves, Helenice N Lima, Marília C Tavares, Wedson MS Souto, Raynner RD Barboza and Alexandre Vasconcellos

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:44

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  14. The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has become more common in Western developed countries in recent years, as has media reporting on CAM and related issues. Correspondingly, media reports a...

    Authors: Laura C Weeks and Tina Strudsholm

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:43

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  15. St. John's wort (SJW), used to treat depression, is popular in the USA, Canada, and parts of Europe. However, there are documented interactions between SJW and prescription medications including warfarin, cycl...

    Authors: Kevin A Clauson, Marile L Santamarina and Jennifer C Rutledge

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:42

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  16. Honey has been shown to have wound healing properties which can be ascribed to its antimicrobial activity. The antimicrobial activity can be effective against a broad spectrum of bacterial species especially t...

    Authors: Nicolaas J Basson and Sias R Grobler

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:41

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  17. Natural health products (NHPs) such as herbs, vitamins and homeopathic medicines, are currently available for sale in most Canadian pharmacies. However, most pharmacists report that they have limited knowledge...

    Authors: Della Kwan, Heather S Boon, Kristine Hirschkorn, Sandy Welsh, Tannis Jurgens, Lynda Eccott, Shirley Heschuk, Glenn G Griener and Jillian C Cohen-Kohler

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:40

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  18. Tong-Xin-Luo (TXL) – a mixture of herbal extracts, has been used in Chinese medicine with established therapeutic efficacy in patients with coronary artery disease.

    Authors: Lin Zhang, Yiling Wu, Zhenhua Jia, Yun Zhang, Hu Ying Shen and Xing Li Wang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:39

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  19. For many years chemical preservatives have been used in food, to act as either antimicrobials or antioxidants or both. In general, consumers regard additive-free foods as safer since preservatives can cause he...

    Authors: Kasi Pandima Devi, Natarajan Suganthy, Periyanaina Kesika and Shanmugaiahthevar Karutha Pandian

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:38

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  20. Clinical studies suggest that acupuncture can stimulate saliva production and reduce xerostomia (dry mouth). We were interested in exploring the neuronal substrates involved in such responses.

    Authors: Gary Deng, Bob L Hou, Andrei I Holodny and Barrie R Cassileth

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:37

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  21. Uncomplicated chronic rachialgia is a highly prevalent complaint, and one for which therapeutic results are contradictory. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of treatment ...

    Authors: Jorge Vas, Inmaculada Aguilar, M Ángeles Campos, Camila Méndez, Emilio Perea-Milla, Manuela Modesto, Paloma Caro, Francisco Martos and Antonio J García-Ruiz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:36

    Content type: Study protocol

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  22. In the U.S., complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is most prevalent among reproductive age, educated women. We sought to determine general attitudes and approaches to CAM among obstetric and gyneco...

    Authors: Mandi L Furlow, Divya A Patel, Ananda Sen and J Rebecca Liu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:35

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  23. Previous publications indicate that acupuncture is efficient for the treatment of pelvic girdle pain, PGP, in pregnant women. However, the use of acupuncture for PGP is rare due to insufficient documentation o...

    Authors: Helen Elden, Hans-Christian Ostgaard, Monika Fagevik-Olsen, Lars Ladfors and Henrik Hagberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:34

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  24. The main objective of this study was to assess and compare patient satisfaction with Neural Therapy (NT) and conventional medicine (COM) in primary care for musculoskeletal diseases.

    Authors: Joelle Mermod, Lorenz Fischer, Lukas Staub and André Busato

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:33

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  25. Integrative medicine (blending the best of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with conventional medicine) is becoming increasingly popular.

    Authors: Heather S Boon and Natasha Kachan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:32

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  26. Research into health and health-care seeking behaviour amongst immigrant populations suggests that culturally-based behaviours change over time towards those prevalent in the host culture. Such acculturation o...

    Authors: Kofi B Barimah and Edwin R van Teijlingen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:30

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  27. Venous leg ulcers constitute a chronic recurring complaint that affects 1.0–1.3% of the adult population at some time in life, and which corresponds to approximately 75% of all chronic ulcers of the leg. Multi...

    Authors: Jorge Vas, Manuela Modesto, Camila Mendez, Emilio Perea-Milla, Inmaculada Aguilar, Jesus Manuel Carrasco-Lozano, Vicente Faus and Francisco Martos

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:29

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. Migraine affects approximately 20% of the population. Conventional care for migraine is suboptimal; overuse of medications for the treatment of episodic migraines is a risk factor for developing chronic daily ...

    Authors: John D Mann, Keturah R Faurot, Laurel Wilkinson, Peter Curtis, Remy R Coeytaux, Chirayath Suchindran and Susan A Gaylord

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:28

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  29. Acanthus montanus (Nees) T. Anderson (Acanthaceae) is a shrub widespread in Africa, the Balkans, Romania, Greece and Eastern Mediterranean. It is used in African traditional medicine for the treatment of urogeni...

    Authors: Charles O Okoli, Peter A Akah, Nkemjika J Onuoha, Theophine C Okoye, Anthonia C Nwoye and Chukwuemeka S Nworu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:27

    Content type: Research article

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  30. To broaden the range of outcomes that we can measure for patients undergoing treatment for oncological and other chronic conditions, we aimed to validate a questionnaire measuring self-reported autonomic regul...

    Authors: M Kröz, G Feder, HB von Laue, R Zerm, M Reif, M Girke, H Matthes, C Gutenbrunner and C Heckmann

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:26

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  31. Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies are commonly used by pediatric patients with chronic medical conditions. Little is known about parents' perceptions of these therapies. This study describe...

    Authors: Kelly Rouster-Stevens, Savithri Nageswaran, Thomas A Arcury and Kathi J Kemper

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:25

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  32. The frequent use of chiropractic, naturopathic, and physical and occupational therapy by patients with fibromyalgia has been emphasized repeatedly, but little is known about the attitudes of these therapists t...

    Authors: Jason W Busse, Abhaya V Kulkarni, Parminder Badwall and Gordon H Guyatt

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:24

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  33. Sesamum radiatum Schum. & Thonn. (Pedaliaceae) is an annual herbaceous plant, which belongs to the family Pedaliaceae and genus Sesamum. Sesame is used in traditional medicine in Africa and Asia for many disease...

    Authors: André B Konan, Jacques Y Datté and Paul A Yapo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:23

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  34. Non cephalic presentation in childbirth involves various risks to both the mother and the foetus. The incidence in Spain is 3.8% of all full-term pregnancies. The most common technique used to end the gestatio...

    Authors: Jorge Vas, José Manuel Aranda, Mercedes Barón, Emilio Perea-Milla, Camila Méndez, Carmen Ramírez, Inmaculada Aguilar, Manuela Modesto, Ana María Lara, Francisco Martos and Antonio J García-Ruiz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:22

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  35. Yoga has been shown to be a simple and economical therapeutic modality that may be considered as a beneficial adjuvant for type 2 diabetes mellitus. This study investigated the impact of Hatha yoga and convent...

    Authors: Lorenzo A Gordon, Errol Y Morrison, Donovan A McGrowder, Ronald Young, Yeiny Terry Pena Fraser, Eslaen Martorell Zamora, Ruby L Alexander-Lindo and Rachael R Irving

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:21

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  36. Studies show that electroacupuncture (EA) has beneficial effects in patients with inflammatory diseases. This study investigated the mechanisms of EA anti-inflammation, using a rat model of complete Freund's a...

    Authors: Aihui Li, Lixing Lao, Yi Wang, Jiajia Xin, Ke Ren, Brian M Berman, Ming Tan and Ruixin Zhang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:20

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  37. The prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use has been estimated to be as high as 65% in some populations. However, there has been little objective research into the possible risks or bene...

    Authors: Tyler C Smith, Besa Smith and Margaret AK Ryan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:19

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  38. Acupuncture provides a means of peripheral stimulation for pain relief. However, the detailed neuronal mechanisms by which acupuncture relieves pain are still poorly understood and information regarding optima...

    Authors: Albert Y Leung, Susan J Kim, Gery Schulteis and Tony Yaksh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:18

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  39. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is well documented among breast cancer patients and survivors, but little evidence is available to describe rates and patterns of use among women at increased g...

    Authors: Christine M Mueller, Phuong L Mai, Jaime Bucher, June A Peters, Jennifer T Loud and Mark H Greene

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:17

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  40. Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and especially CAM practitioners, has continued to rise in recent years. Although several motivators of CAM use have been identified, little is known about ...

    Authors: Fuschia M Sirois

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:16

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  41. Various human diseases have oxidative stress as one of their component. Many herbs have been reported to exhibit properties that combat oxidative stress through their active constituents such as flavonoids, ta...

    Authors: Jayabalan Nirmal, Chidambaram Saravana Babu, Thanukrishnan Harisudhan and Muthiah Ramanathan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:15

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  42. The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been increasing rapidly throughout the world during the past decade. The use of CAM in the general Japanese population has been previously reported t...

    Authors: Satoshi Hori, Iordan Mihaylov, Joana C Vasconcelos and Malcolm McCoubrie

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:14

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  43. Allergies cause a considerable burden to both sufferers and the National Health Service. There is growing interest in acupuncture as a treatment for a range of conditions. Since acupuncture may modulate the im...

    Authors: Jonathan Roberts, Aarnoud Huissoon, Janine Dretzke, Dechao Wang and Christopher Hyde

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:13

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  44. Migraine is a chronic neurologic disease that can severely affect the patient's quality of life. Although in recent years many randomised studies have been carried out to investigate the effectiveness of acupu...

    Authors: Jorge Vas, Ángel Rebollo, Emilio Perea-Milla, Camila Méndez, Carlos Ramos Font, Manuel Gómez-Río, Manuel Martín-Ávila, Justo Carbrera-Iboleón, M Dolores Caballero, M Ángeles Olmos, Inmaculada Aguilar, Vicente Faus and Francisco Martos

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:12

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  45. Vector control is facing a threat due to the emergence of resistance to synthetic insecticides. Insecticides of botanical origin may serve as suitable alternative biocontrol techniques in the future. Although ...

    Authors: Nandita Chowdhury, Anupam Ghosh and Goutam Chandra

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:10

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  46. Little is known about the prevalence of dietary supplement (DS) use in American adolescents. We conducted this study to analyze the prevalence of DS use and factors associated with this use in a national popul...

    Authors: Paula Gardiner, Catherine Buettner, Roger B Davis, Russell S Phillips and Kathi J Kemper

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:9

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  47. We aimed to overview the current literature on eurythmy therapy (EYT) which is an integral part of Anthroposophic Medicine. EYT can be described as a movement therapy in which speech movements are transposed i...

    Authors: Arndt Büssing, Thomas Ostermann, Magdalena Majorek and Peter F Matthiessen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:8

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  48. Studies have shown that a significant proportion of people with epilepsy use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM use is known to vary between different ethnic groups and cultural contexts; howeve...

    Authors: Penny J Rhodes, Neil Small, Hanif Ismail and John P Wright

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:7

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