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  1. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  2. 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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  3. 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

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  4. 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

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  5. 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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  6. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  7. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  8. 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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  9. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  10. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  12. 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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  13. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  20. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  21. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Although the painful shoulder is one of the most common dysfunctions of the locomotor apparatus, and is frequently treated both at primary healthcare centres and by specialists, little evidence has been report...

    Authors: Jorge Vas, Emilio Perea-Milla, Camila Mendez, Antonia Herrera Galante, Fernando Madrazo, Ivan Medina, Caridad Ortega, Victoria Olmo, Francisco Perez Fernandez, Luz Hernandez, Jose Maria Seminario, Mauricio Brioso, Francisco Luna, Isabel Gordo, Ana Maria Godoy, Carmen Jimenez…

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:19

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Lantana camara L. (Verbenaceae), a widely growing shrub which is toxic to some animal species, has been used in the traditional medicine for treating many ailments. The purpose of the present study was to evalua...

    Authors: Lenika Sagar, Rajesh Sehgal and Sudarshan Ojha

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:18

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  32. The aim of the present work was to evaluate the effect of a hexane crude extract (HCE) of Pterodon emarginatus on the oxidative and nitrosative stress induced in skeletal muscle, liver and brain of acutely exerci...

    Authors: Fernanda BA Paula, Cibele MCP Gouvêa, Patrícia P Alfredo and Ione Salgado

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:17

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  33. Myristica fragrans Houtt. (nutmeg) has been mentioned in Unani medicine to be of value in the management of male sexual disorders. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the aphrodisiac effect of 50% ethan...

    Authors: Tajuddin, Shamshad Ahmad, Abdul Latif, Iqbal Ahmad Qasmi and Kunwar Mohammad Yusuf Amin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:16

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  34. The increasing use of complementary and alternative medicines in Australia has generated concern regarding the information on these products available to both healthcare providers and the public. The aim of th...

    Authors: Caroline Smith, Karen Martin, Elizabeth Hotham, Susan Semple, Geraldine Bloustien and Deepa Rao

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:15

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  35. This study was undertaken to investigation the effect of Diasulin, a poly herbal drug composed of ethanolic extract of ten medicinal plants on blood glucose, plasma insulin, tissue lipid profile, and lipidpero...

    Authors: Ramalingam Saravanan and Leelavinothan Pari

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:14

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  36. Despite the growing popularity of therapeutic massage in the US, little is known about the training or practice characteristics of massage therapists. The objective of this study was to describe these characte...

    Authors: Karen J Sherman, Daniel C Cherkin, Janet Kahn, Janet Erro, Andrea Hrbek, Richard A Deyo and David M Eisenberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:13

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  37. Growing popularity of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the public sector is reflected in the scientific community by an increased number of research articles assessing its therapeutic effects. S...

    Authors: Timothy Caulfield and Suzanne DeBow

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:12

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  38. Out-of-pocket expenditures of over $34 billion per year in the US are an apparent testament to a widely held belief that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies have benefits that outweigh their...

    Authors: Patricia M Herman, Benjamin M Craig and Opher Caspi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:11

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  39. Acupuncture points and meridians are commonly believed to possess unique electrical properties. The experimental support for this claim is limited given the technical and methodological shortcomings of prior s...

    Authors: Andrew C Ahn, Junru Wu, Gary J Badger, Richard Hammerschlag and Helene M Langevin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:10

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  40. The rhizomes of Panax japonicus are used as a folk medicine for treatment of life-style related diseases such as arteriosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus as a sub...

    Authors: Li-Kun Han, Yi-Nan Zheng, Masayuki Yoshikawa, Hiromichi Okuda and Yoshiyuki Kimura

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:9

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  41. Maharishi Amrit Kalash (MAK) 5, one of the Ayurvedic food supplements, belongs to a group of substances known as Rasayana. MAK5 and other Rasayanas are believed to enhance the body's resistance to infections a...

    Authors: Ryoichi Inaba, Seyed Mohammad Mirbod and Haruo Sugiura

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:8

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  42. Six Nigerian medicinal plants Terminalia avicennioides, Phylantus discoideus, Bridella ferruginea, Ageratum conyzoides, Ocimum gratissimum and Acalypha wilkesiana used by traditional medical practitioners for the...

    Authors: Kabir O Akinyemi, Olukayode Oladapo, Chidi E Okwara, Christopher C Ibe and Kehinde A Fasure

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:6

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  43. Butein (3,4,2',4'-tetrahydroxychalone), a plant polyphenol, is a major biologically active component of the stems of Rhus verniciflua Stokes. It has long been used as a food additive in Korea and as an herbal med...

    Authors: Michael Samoszuk, Jenny Tan and Guillaume Chorn

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:5

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  44. The use of complementary and alternative products including Biological Based Therapy (BBT) has increased among patients with various medical illnesses and conditions. The studies assessing the prevalence of BB...

    Authors: Larisa Chagan, Diane Bernstein, Judy WM Cheng, Harold L Kirschenbaum, Vitalina Rozenfeld, Gina C Caliendo, Joanne Meyer and Bernard Mehl

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:4

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  45. There is an increasing prevalence of asthma in the Caribbean and patients remain non-compliant to therapy despite the development of guidelines for management and prevention. Some patients may self-medicate wi...

    Authors: Yuri N Clement, Arlene F Williams, Derick Aranda, Ronald Chase, Nadya Watson, Rochelle Mohammed, Odia Stubbs and Deneil Williamson

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:3

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  46. Johrei is an alternative healing practice which involves the channeling of a purported universal healing energy to influence the health of another person. Despite little evidence to support the efficacy of suc...

    Authors: Ryan Taft, Dan Moore and Garret Yount

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:2

    Content type: Research article

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