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  1. After menopause, 10–20% of all women have nearly intolerable hot flushes. Long term use of hormone replacement therapy involves a health risk, and many women seek alternative strategies to relieve climacteric ...

    Authors: Einar K Borud, Terje Alraek, Adrian White, Vinjar Fonnebo and Sameline Grimsgaard

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2007 7:6

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  2. Use of complementary medicine is common, consumer driven and usually outpatient focused. We wished to determine interest among the medical staff at a North Carolina academic medical center in integrating diver...

    Authors: Kathi J Kemper, Deborah Dirkse, Dee Eadie and Melissa Pennington

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2007 7:5

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The increasing global popularity of herbal remedies requires further investigation to determine the probable factors driving this burgeoning phenomenon. We propose that the users' perception of efficacy is an ...

    Authors: Yuri N Clement, Jamie Morton-Gittens, Luke Basdeo, Alexander Blades, Marie-Joanna Francis, Natalie Gomes, Meer Janjua and Adelle Singh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2007 7:4

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  4. Plants containing compounds such as the isoflavonoids, with female hormone-like effects that bind to human estrogen receptors, are known. But none has been previously shown to have corresponding male hormone-l...

    Authors: Victor YC Ong and Benny KH Tan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2007 7:3

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  5. Mindfulness means paying attention in the present moment, non-judgmentally, without commentary or decision-making. We report results of a pilot study designed to test the feasibility of using Mindfulness Based...

    Authors: James M Davis, Michael F Fleming, Katherine A Bonus and Timothy B Baker

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2007 7:2

    Content type: Research article

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  6. One of the cardinal principles of homeopathy is the "law of similarities", according to which patients can be treated by administering substances which, when tested in healthy subjects, cause symptoms that are...

    Authors: Anita Conforti, Paolo Bellavite, Simone Bertani, Flavia Chiarotti, Francesca Menniti-Ippolito and Roberto Raschetti

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2007 7:1

    Content type: Research article

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  7. There is growing concern that serious interactions are occurring between prescribed/over the counter and herbal medicines and that there is a lack of disclosure of herbal use by patients to doctors. This study...

    Authors: Kathryn A Vickers, Kate B Jolly and Sheila M Greenfield

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:40

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Central to the development of a sound evidence base for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) interventions is the need for valid, reliable and relevant outcome measures to assess whether the interventi...

    Authors: Marja J Verhoef, Laura C Vanderheyden, Trish Dryden, Devon Mallory and Mark A Ware

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:38

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Research in homeopathy has traditionally addressed itself to defining the effectiveness of homeopathic potencies in comparison to placebo medication. There is now increasing awareness that the homeopathic cons...

    Authors: Trevor DB Thompson and Marjorie Weiss

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:37

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Plumeria acuminata belonging to the family Apocynaceae is commonly known as 'perungalli' in Tamil and is widely distributed throughout the Southern parts of India. In traditional medicinal system different parts...

    Authors: M Gupta, UK Mazumder, P Gomathi and V Thamil Selvan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:36

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Antimicrobial activity of 18 ethnomedicinal plant extracts were evaluated against nine bacterial strains (Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia c...

    Authors: Veeramuthu Duraipandiyan, Muniappan Ayyanar and Savarimuthu Ignacimuthu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:35

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is emerging as an important form of care in the United States. We sought to measure the prevalence of selected CAM use among veterans attending oncology and chronic...

    Authors: F Patricia McEachrane-Gross, Jane M Liebschutz and Dan Berlowitz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:34

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is a well-known hepatotoxin and exposure to this chemical is known to induce oxidative stress and causes liver injury by the formation of free radicals. Acute and chronic renal damage ...

    Authors: Prasenjit Manna, Mahua Sinha and Parames C Sil

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:33

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The present study investigates the cardioprotective effects of Hibiscus rosa sinensis in myocardial ischemic reperfusion injury, particularly in terms of its antioxidant effects.

    Authors: Karunakaran K Gauthaman, Mohamed TS Saleem, Peter T Thanislas, Vinoth V Prabhu, Karthikeyan K Krishnamoorthy, Niranjali S Devaraj and Jayaprakash S Somasundaram

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:32

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  15. Although dietary supplements (DS) are widely sold in pharmacies, the legal, ethical, and practice responsibilities of pharmacists with respect to these products have not been well defined. This systematic revi...

    Authors: Della Kwan, Kristine Hirschkorn and Heather Boon

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:31

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  16. I'm-Yunity™ (PSP) is a mushroom extract derived from deep-layer cultivated mycelia of the patented Cov-1 strain of Coriolus versicolor (CV), which contains as its main bioactive ingredient a family of polysacchar...

    Authors: Tze-chen Hsieh, Peili Wu, Spencer Park and Joseph M Wu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:30

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  17. Leaves of Lomatia hirsuta are used in traditional medicine in Chile under the common name of "radal". A tea of radal is traditionally used for treatment of cough, bronchial troubles, and asthma. In a preliminary ...

    Authors: Henrik T Simonsen, Anne Adsersen, Louise Berthelsen, Søren B Christensen, Alfonso Guzmán and Per Mølgaard

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:29

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  18. Different procedures practiced in yoga have stimulatory or inhibitory effects on the basal metabolic rate when studied acutely. In daily life however, these procedures are usually practiced in combination. The...

    Authors: MS Chaya, AV Kurpad, HR Nagendra and R Nagarathna

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:28

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  19. Flavonoid-rich extracts from the mature roots of Scutellaria baicalensis have been shown to exhibit antiproliferative effects on various cancer cell lines. We assessed the ability of an ethanolic extract of S. ba...

    Authors: Adrienne C Scheck, Krya Perry, Nicole C Hank and W Dennis Clark

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:27

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Considerable interest exists in the potential therapeutic value of dietary supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acids. Given the interplay between pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, and the less pro-infla...

    Authors: J Reisman, HM Schachter, RE Dales, K Tran, K Kourad, D Barnes, M Sampson, A Morrison, I Gaboury and J Blackman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:26

    Content type: Research article

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  21. One of the challenges in conducting research in the field of massage and bodywork is the lack of consistent terminology for describing the treatments given by massage therapists. The objective of this study wa...

    Authors: Karen J Sherman, Marian W Dixon, Diana Thompson and Daniel C Cherkin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:24

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Lepidium meyenii Walp. (Brassicaceae), known as Maca, is a Peruvian hypocotyl growing exclusively between 4000 and 4500 m altitude in the central Peruvian Andes, particularly in Junin plateau and is used traditi...

    Authors: Julio Rubio, Maria Caldas, Sonia Dávila, Manuel Gasco and Gustavo F Gonzales

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:23

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  23. Persistent diarrhea is a common endemic disease with high incidence among the Africans including Nigerians. It also represents a frequent opportunistic disease in people living with HIV. Diarrhea represents on...

    Authors: Tavs A Abere and Freddy O Agoreyo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:22

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  24. Although many health care professionals (HCPs) in the United States have been educated about and recommend dietary supplements, little is known about their personal use of dietary supplements and factors assoc...

    Authors: Paula Gardiner, Charles Woods and Kathi J Kemper

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:21

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Previous studies have suggested an increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The aim of our study was to evaluate the use of CAM in Germa...

    Authors: Stefanie Joos, Thomas Rosemann, Joachim Szecsenyi, Eckhart G Hahn, Stefan N Willich and Benno Brinkhaus

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:19

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  26. New Canadian policy to regulate natural health products (NHPs), such as herbs and vitamins were implemented on January 1st, 2004. We explored complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners' perception...

    Authors: Karen Moss, Heather Boon, Peri Ballantyne and Natasha Kachan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:18

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  27. Terminalia chebula (Combretaceae) has been widely used in Ayurveda for the treatment of diabetes. In the present investigation, the chloroform extract of T. chebula seed powder was investigated for its antidiabe...

    Authors: Nalamolu Koteswara Rao and Srinivas Nammi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:17

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  28. A high prevalence of CAM use has been documented worldwide in children and adolescents with chronic illnesses. Only a small number of studies, however, have been conducted in the United Kingdom. The primary ai...

    Authors: Nigel W Crawford, Domenic R Cincotta, Alissa Lim and Colin VE Powell

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:16

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Herbs and other dietary supplements are among the most commonly used complementary medical therapies. However, clinicians generally have limited knowledge, confidence and communication about herbs and dietary ...

    Authors: Kathi J Kemper, Paula Gardiner, Jessica Gobble and Charles Woods

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:15

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  30. Low back pain and its associated incapacitating effects constitute an important healthcare and socioeconomic problem, as well as being one of the main causes of disability among adults of working age. The prev...

    Authors: Jorge Vas, Emilio Perea-Milla, Camila Mendez, Luis Carlos Silva, Antonia Herrera Galante, Jose Manuel Aranda Regules, Dulce M Martinez Barquin, Inmaculada Aguilar and Vicente Faus

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:14

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Cartilage loss is a hallmark of arthritis and follows activation of catabolic processes concomitant with a disruption of anabolic pathways like insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). We hypothesized that two na...

    Authors: Mark JS Miller, Salahuddin Ahmed, Paul Bobrowski and Tariq M Haqqi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:13

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Allamanda cathartica. L. is a perennial shrub used in traditional medicine for treating malaria and jaundice. Laurus nobilis. L. is a tree and has been used for its astringent, healing and diuretic properties. T...

    Authors: Shivananda Nayak, Poorna Nalabothu, Steve Sandiford, Vidyasagar Bhogadi and Andrew Adogwa

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:12

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  33. Candida albicans has become resistant to the already limited, toxic and expensive anti-Candida agents available in the market. These factors necessitate the search for new anti-fungal agents.

    Authors: Deborah KB Runyoro, Mecky IN Matee, Olipa D Ngassapa, Cosam C Joseph and Zakaria H Mbwambo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:11

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  34. Curcumin is the major yellow pigment extracted from turmeric, a commonly-used spice in India and Southeast Asia that has broad anticarcinogenic and cancer chemopreventive potential. However, few systematic stu...

    Authors: Christopher D Lao, Mack T Ruffin IV, Daniel Normolle, Dennis D Heath, Sandra I Murray, Joanne M Bailey, Martha E Boggs, James Crowell, Cheryl L Rock and Dean E Brenner

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:10

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  35. An epidemiological study conducted in Italy indicated that coffee has the greatest antioxidant capacity among the commonly consumed beverages. Green coffee bean is rich in chlorogenic acid and its related comp...

    Authors: Hiroshi Shimoda, Emi Seki and Michio Aitani

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:9

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  36. Recent investigations have shown that the antioxidant properties of plants could be correlated with oxidative stress defense and different human diseases. In this respect flavonoids and other polyphenolic comp...

    Authors: Raja Sundararajan, Nazeer Ahamed Haja, Kumar Venkatesan, Kakali Mukherjee, Bishnu Pada Saha, Arun Bandyopadhyay and Pulok Kumar Mukherjee

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:8

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  37. Changes in self-concept are an important potential outcome for many interventions for people with long-term conditions. This study sought to identify and evaluate outcome questionnaires suitable for quantifyin...

    Authors: Charlotte Paterson

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:7

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  38. Bee honey is a functional food which has a unique composition, antimicrobial properties and bifidogenic effect. In order to assess whether honey can inhibit the toxic effect of mycotoxins, the present study wa...

    Authors: Aly M Ezz El-Arab, Shenouda M Girgis, Eman M Hegazy and Azzat B Abd El-Khalek

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:6

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Despite the increasing usage and popularity of chiropractic care, there has been limited research conducted to examine the professional relationships between conventional trained primary care physicians (PCPs)...

    Authors: Barry R Greene, Monica Smith, Veerasathpurush Allareddy and Mitchell Haas

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:5

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  40. Acupuncture therapy for obstructive respiratory diseases has been effectively used in clinical practice and the acupuncture points or acupoints of Zhongfu and Tiantu are commonly-used acupoints to treat patien...

    Authors: Shusheng Tai, Jiulin Wang, Feng Sun, Stevenson Xutian, Tianshan Wang and Malcolm King

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:4

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  41. In the present investigation, the effect of Curcuma longa (Cl) and Ocimum sanctum (Os) on myocardial apoptosis and cardiac function was studied in an ischemia and reperfusion (I-R) model of myocardial injury.

    Authors: Ipseeta Mohanty, Dharamvir Singh Arya and Suresh Kumar Gupta

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:3

    Content type: Research article

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  42. The antimicrobial activity and Minimal Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) of the extracts of Bidens pilosa L., Bixa orellana L., Cecropia peltata L., Cinchona officinalis L., Gliricidia sepium H.B. & K, Jacaranda mim...

    Authors: Jhon J Rojas, Veronica J Ochoa, Saul A Ocampo and John F Muñoz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006 6:2

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  43. Alterations in the intestinal bacterial flora are believed to be contributing factors to many chronic inflammatory and degenerative diseases including rheumatic diseases. While microbiological fecal culture an...

    Authors: Andreas Michalsen, Markus Riegert, Rainer Lüdtke, Marcus Bäcker, Jost Langhorst, Myriam Schwickert and Gustav J Dobos

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:22

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  44. We examined a large number of healthy adults in the general community who had individually participated in a guided imagery (GI) program daily and for various durations, to examine the psychophysiological effe...

    Authors: Eri Watanabe, Sanae Fukuda and Taro Shirakawa

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:21

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  45. The unprecedented global increase in the use of herbal remedies is set to continue apace well into the foreseeable future. This raises important public health concerns, especially as it relates to safety issue...

    Authors: Yuri N Clement, Arlene F Williams, Kristi Khan, Tricia Bernard, Savrina Bhola, Maurice Fortuné, Oneil Medupe, Kerry Nagee and Compton E Seaforth

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:20

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