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  1. Oral candidiasis is a common fungal disease mainly caused by Candida albicans. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of A-type cranberry proanthocyanidins (AC-PACs) on pathogenic properties of C. a...

    Authors: Mark Feldman, Shinichi Tanabe, Amy Howell and Daniel Grenier
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:6
  2. Tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA) is a diterpene quinone extracted from the root of Salvia miltiorrhiza, a Chinese traditional herb. Although previous studies have reported the anti-tumor effects of Tan IIA on various hum...

    Authors: Chang Liu, Jianqin Li, Liangjie Wang, Fuqun Wu, Linfang Huang, Yue Xu, Jieyu Ye, Bin Xiao, Fanyi Meng, Shilin Chen and Mo Yang
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:5
  3. Dengue fever regardless of its serotypes has been the most prevalent arthropod-borne viral diseases among the world population. The development of a dengue vaccine is complicated by the antibody-dependent enha...

    Authors: Leon IC Tang, Anna PK Ling, Rhun Y Koh, Soi M Chye and Kenny GL Voon
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:3
  4. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is common in patients with chronic disease such as diabetes mellitus. The primary objective of the study was to determine the overall prevalence and type of CAM use...

    Authors: Kiran Manya, Bernard Champion and Trisha Dunning
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:2
  5. Although use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among cancer patients has been described previously, prevalence of use has not commonly been compared to other disease groups in a true population s...

    Authors: Agnete E Kristoffersen, Arne J Norheim and Vinjar M Fønnebø
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:1
  6. In the United States, it is estimated that 40% of adults utilize complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. Recently, national surveys report that over 90 million adults have inadequate health lit...

    Authors: Sujeev S Bains and Leonard E Egede
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:138
  7. Herb mixtures are widely used as an alternative to hormonal therapy in China for treatment of the menopausal syndrome. However, composition of these herb mixtures are complex and their working mechanism is oft...

    Authors: Lian-wei Xu, Lan Kluwe, Ting-ting Zhang, Sheng-nan Li, Yan-yan Mou, Zhen Sang, Jun Ma, Xiong Lu and Zhuo-jun Sun
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:137
  8. Available measures of patient-reported outcomes for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) inadequately capture the range of patient-reported treatment effects. The Self-Assessment of Change questionnair...

    Authors: Jennifer J Thompson, Kimberly L Kelly, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Allison L Hopkins, Colette M Sims and Stephen J Coons
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:136
  9. Patients receiving complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies often report shifts in well-being that go beyond resolution of the original presenting symptoms. We undertook a research program to dev...

    Authors: Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Mimi Nichter, Mark A Nichter, Kimberly L Kelly, Colette M Sims, Iris R Bell, Heide M Castañeda, Charles R Elder, Mary S Koithan, Elizabeth G Sutherland, Marja J Verhoef, Sarah L Warber and Stephen J Coons
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:135
  10. Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is responsible for over 20,000 deaths every year in United States. Most of the deaths are due, in large part, to its propensity to metastasize. We have examined th...

    Authors: Qian Sun, Ram Prasad, Eben Rosenthal and Santosh K Katiyar
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:134
  11. Exercise stress was shown to increase oxidative stress in rats. It lacks reports of increased protection afforded by dietary antioxidant supplements against ROS production during exercise stress. We evaluated ...

    Authors: Sérvio A Bucioli, Luiz Carlos de Abreu, Vitor E Valenti, Claudio Leone and Helio Vannucchi
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:133
  12. The use of Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM) has increased over the past years. In Germany, many general practitioners (GPs) use CAM in their daily practice. However, little is known about possible ...

    Authors: Stefanie Joos, Berthold Musselmann, Joachim Szecsenyi and Katja Goetz
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:131
  13. Several plants traditionally used in treatment of a variety of infections in South Africa are reported in ethnobotanical surveys. Many of these plants including Ziziphus mucronata subsp. mucronata lack scientific...

    Authors: Olufunmiso O Olajuyigbe and Anthony J Afolayan
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:130
  14. Gum resins obtained from trees of the Burseraceae family (Boswellia sp.) are important ingredients in incense and perfumes. Extracts prepared from Boswellia sp. gum resins have been shown to possess anti-inflamma...

    Authors: Mahmoud M Suhail, Weijuan Wu, Amy Cao, Fadee G Mondalek, Kar-Ming Fung, Pin-Tsen Shih, Yu-Ting Fang, Cole Woolley, Gary Young and Hsueh-Kung Lin
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:129
  15. Fundamental in traditional postpartum recovery in Lao PDR is the use of hotbeds, mother roasting, steam sauna and steam baths. During these treatments medicinal plants play a crucial role, but little has been ...

    Authors: Hugo J de Boer, Vichith Lamxay and Lars Björk
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:128
  16. Acupuncture is widely-used to treat patients with low back pain, despite insufficient evidence of the technique's efficacy for acute back pain. Motion style acupuncture treatment (MSAT) is a non-traditional ac...

    Authors: Joon-Shik Shin, In-Hyuk Ha, Tae-Gyu Lee, Youngkwon Choi, Byoung-Yoon Park, Me-riong Kim and Myeong Soo Lee
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:127
  17. Insulin deficiency is the prime basis of all diabetic manifestations and agents that can bring about insulin secretion would be of pivotal significance for cure of diabetes. To test this hypothesis, we carried...

    Authors: Ansarullah, Bhavna Bharucha, Mitesh Dwivedi, Naresh C Laddha, Rasheedunnisa Begum, Anandwardhan A Hardikar and AV Ramachandran
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:126
  18. Allergic disease is a consequence of exposure to normally innocuous substances that elicit the activation of mast cells. Mast-cell-mediated allergic response is involved in many diseases such as anaphylaxis, u...

    Authors: Dae-Young Kwon, Hye-Jeong Yang, Min-Jeong Kim, Hee-Joo Kang, Hyun-Jin Kim, Ki-Chan Ha, Hyang-Im Back, Sun-Young Kim, Eun-Ok Park, Min-Gul Kim, Seok-Kwon Yun, Soo-Wan Chae and Back-Hwan Cho
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:125
  19. Moxibustion is an ancient traditional medicine using burning mugworts to stimulate acupuncture points. The aim of this study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of moxibustion for the treatment of const...

    Authors: Ji-Eun Park, Jae-Uk Sul, Kyungwon Kang, Byung-Cheul Shin, Kwon-Eui Hong and Sun-Mi Choi
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:124
  20. Botanical medicines are increasingly combined with chemotherapeutics as anticancer drug cocktails. This study aimed to assess the chemotherapeutic potential of an extract of Taxus cuspidata (TC) needles and twigs...

    Authors: Weihu Shang, Jinping Qiao, Chenxin Gu, Wei Yin, Jinglei Du, Wei Wang, Meilin Zhu, Mei Han and Weidong Lu
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:123
  21. The local treatment of burn wounds has long been a subject of debate. The objective of this study was to compare the cost and the effectiveness of Moist Exposed Burn Ointment -MEBO versus a combination of povidon...

    Authors: Vilelmine J Carayanni, Evangelia G Tsati, Georgia C H Spyropoulou, Fotini N Antonopoulou and John D Ioannovich
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:122
  22. Very little research has explored the factors that influence interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments. We surveyed persons with sub-optimally controlled type 2 diabetes to evaluate p...

    Authors: Ryan Bradley, Karen J Sherman, Sheryl Catz, Carlo Calabrese, Luesa Jordan, Lou Grothaus and Dan C Cherkin
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:121
  23. Salvia miltiorrhiza (SM) has long been used as a traditional oriental medicine for cardiovascular disease. Accumulating evidence also indicates that SM has anti-osteoporotic effects. This study was conducted to ...

    Authors: Yan Cui, Bidur Bhandary, Anu Marahatta, Geum-Hwa Lee, Bo Li, Do-Sung Kim, Soo-Wan Chae, Hyung-Ryong Kim and Han-Jung Chae
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:120
  24. Candida-associated denture stomatitis is a frequent infectious disease. Treatment of this oral condition is difficult because failures and recurrences are common. The aim of this study was to test the in vitro a...

    Authors: Cristina Marcos-Arias, Elena Eraso, Lucila Madariaga and Guillermo Quindós
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:119
  25. Substantial recent research examines the efficacy of many types of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies. However, outcomes associated with the "real-world" use of CAM has been largely overlooked, desp...

    Authors: Lynn L DeBar, Charles Elder, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Mikel Aickin, Rick Deyo, Richard Meenan, John Dickerson, Jennifer A Webster and Bobbi Jo Yarborough
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:118
  26. Over three-quarter of the world's population is using herbal medicines with an increasing trend globally. Herbal medicines may be beneficial but are not completely harmless.

    Authors: Ibrahim Adekunle Oreagba, Kazeem Adeola Oshikoya and Mercy Amachree
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:117
  27. In Germany, Iscucin® Populi (IP), a preparation from mistletoe growing on the poplar tree, is used in cancer therapy while Viscum Mali e planta tota (VM), a preparation from mistletoe growing on the apple tree, i...

    Authors: Roman Huber, Holger Lüdtke, Johannes Wieber and Christiane Beckmann
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:116
  28. Enhancement of antimicrobial plant products e.g. pomegranate extract by copper (II) sulphate is known. Such combinations have applications in various settings, including the identification of novel compositions t...

    Authors: Andrew C Holloway, Simon WJ Gould, Mark D Fielder, Declan P Naughton and Alison F Kelly
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:115
  29. The extracts of Plumbago zeylanica have been used in China and other Asian countries as folk medicine for the treatment of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and dysmenorrhoea. Effect of Plumbagin (5-hydroxy-2-methyl-1...

    Authors: Aparanji Poosarla, Rao DN, Rama Rao Athota and Venu Gopal Sunkara
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:114
  30. Sonchus asper possesses antioxidant capacity and is used in liver and kidney disorders. We have investigated the preventive effect of methanolic extract of Sonchus asper (SAME) on the gentamicin induced alterati...

    Authors: Muhammad R Khan, Iram Badar and Aisha Siddiquah
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:113
  31. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is an immunosuppressive disease that results in life-threatening opportunistic infections. The general prob...

    Authors: Huamin Han, Wen He, Wei Wang and Bin Gao
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:112
  32. Western diets increase colon cancer risk. Epidemiological evidence and experimental studies suggest that ginseng can inhibit colon cancer development. In this study we asked if ginseng could inhibit Western di...

    Authors: Urszula Dougherty, Reba Mustafi, Yunwei Wang, Mark W Musch, Chong-Zhi Wang, Vani J Konda, Anirudh Kulkarni, John Hart, Glyn Dawson, Karen E Kim, Chun-Su Yuan, Eugene B Chang and Marc Bissonnette
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:111
  33. Phaleria macrocarpa (Scheff.) Boerl (Thymelaceae) originates from Papua Island, Indonesia and grows in tropical areas. The different parts of the fruit of P. macrocarpa were evaluated for antioxidant, anti-infla...

    Authors: Rudi Hendra, Syahida Ahmad, Ehsan Oskoueian, Aspollah Sukari and M Yunus Shukor
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:110
  34. It remains unclear whether estrogenic botanical supplement (EBS) use influences breast cancer survivors' health-related outcomes.

    Authors: Huiyan Ma, Jane Sullivan-Halley, Ashley W Smith, Marian L Neuhouser, Catherine M Alfano, Kathleen Meeske, Stephanie M George, Anne McTiernan, Roberta McKean-Cowdin, Kathy B Baumgartner, Rachel Ballard-Barbash and Leslie Bernstein
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:109
  35. Native bees of the tribe Meliponini produce a distinct kind of propolis called geopropolis. Although many pharmacological activities of propolis have already been demonstrated, little is known about geopropoli...

    Authors: Silvana A Liberio, Antônio Luís A Pereira, Richard P Dutra, Aramys S Reis, Maria José AM Araújo, Nadia S Mattar, Lucilene A Silva, Maria Nilce S Ribeiro, Flávia Raquel F Nascimento, Rosane NM Guerra and Valério Monteiro-Neto
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:108
  36. The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) has been extensively studied globally among adult and paediatric populations. Parents, as a group, had not been studied to assess their knowledge and at...

    Authors: Katri P Hämeen-Anttila, Ulla R Niskala, Sanna M Siponen and Riitta S Ahonen
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:107
  37. Saponins isolated from plant sources have a number of traditional and industrial applications. Saponins have pharmacological effects like anti-inflammatory, molluscicidal, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antidia...

    Authors: Niaz Ali, Syed Wadood Ali Shah, Ismail Shah, Ghayour Ahmed, Mehreen Ghias and Imran Khan
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:106
  38. Clinical studies have shown that rose hip powder (RHP) alleviates osteoarthritis (OA). This might be due to anti-inflammatory and cartilage-protective properties of the complete RHP or specific constituents of...

    Authors: Joseph Schwager, Ulrich Hoeller, Swen Wolfram and Nathalie Richard
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:105
  39. The emergence of multi-drug resistant (MDR) phenotypes is a major public health problem today in the treatment of bacterial infections. The present study was designed to evaluate the antibacterial activities o...

    Authors: Aimé G Fankam, Victor Kuete, Igor K Voukeng, Jules R Kuiate and Jean-Marie Pages
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:104
  40. Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) are being used increasingly across the world. In Australia, community pharmacists are a major supplier of these products but knowledge of the products and interac...

    Authors: Nicole J Bushett, Virginia A Dickson-Swift, Jon A Willis and Pene Wood
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:103
  41. The current practice of ingesting phytochemicals for supporting the immune system or fighting infections is based on centuries-old tradition. Macrophages are involved at all the stages of an immune response. T...

    Authors: Mahuya Sengupta, Gauri D Sharma and Biswajit Chakraborty
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:102
  42. In the search for new therapies novel drugs and medications are being discovered, developed and tested in laboratories. Highly diluted substances are intended to enhance immune system responses resulting in re...

    Authors: Carolina C de Oliveira, Ana Paula R Abud, Simone M de Oliveira, Fernando de SF Guimarães, Lucas F de Andrade, Raffaello P Di Bernardi, Ediely L de O Coletto, Diogo Kuczera, Eneida J Da Lozzo, Jenifer P Gonçalves, Edvaldo da S Trindade and Dorly de F Buchi
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:101
  43. The roots of Sophora flavescens (Leguminosae) have been used in East Asian countries as an herbal medicine and a food ingredient for thousands of years. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects...

    Authors: Chun-chao Han, Hong Wei and Jianyou Guo
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:100
  44. Callistemon citrinus Curtis belongs to family Myrtaceae that has a great medicinal importance. In our previous work, fruits of Callistemon citrinus were reported to have relaxant (antispasmodic) activity. The cu...

    Authors: Niaz Ali, Ghayour Ahmed, Syed Wadood Ali Shah, Ismail Shah, Mehreen Ghias and Imran Khan
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:99
  45. The neuroinflammatory process plays a central role in the initiation and progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, and involves the activation of brain microglial ...

    Authors: Anat Elmann, Sharon Mordechay, Hilla Erlank, Alona Telerman, Miriam Rindner and Rivka Ofir
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:98
  46. The aim of this study is to investigate in vitro antioxidant, antimicrobial and anticancer activity of the acetone extracts of the lichens Cladonia furcata, Lecanora atra and Lecanora muralis.

    Authors: Branislav R Ranković, Marijana M Kosanić and Tatjana P Stanojković
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:97
  47. Origanum vulgare Linn has traditionally been used in the treatment of urolithiasis. Therefore, we investigated the crude extract of Origanum vulgare for possible antiurolithic effect, to rationalize its medicina...

    Authors: Aslam Khan, Samra Bashir, Saeed R Khan and Anwar H Gilani
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:96
  48. In recent times the basic understanding, perceptions and CAM use among undergraduate health sciences students have become a topic of interest. This study was aimed to investigate the understanding, perceptions...

    Authors: Syed S Hasan, Chew S Yong, Muneer G Babar, Cho M Naing, Abdul Hameed, Mirza R Baig, Shahid M Iqbal and Therese Kairuz
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:95
  49. There has been no effective treatment or agent that is available for corneal injury in promoting corneal wound healing. Previous studies on edible bird's nest extract (EBN) had reported the presence of hormone...

    Authors: Fadhilah Zainal Abidin, Chua Kien Hui, Ng Sook Luan, Elvy Suhana Mohd Ramli, Lee Ting Hun and Norzana Abd Ghafar
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:94