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  1. Escalating trends of obesity and associated type 2 diabetes (T2D) has prompted an increase in the use of alternative and complementary functional foods. Momordica charantia or bitter melon (BM) that is traditiona...

    Authors: Pratibha V Nerurkar, Yun-Kung Lee and Vivek R Nerurkar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:34

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Psidium guajava L., Myrtaceae, is used widely in traditional medicine for the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, gastroenteritis, stomachaches, and indigestion. However, the effect of the leaf extract of P. guaj...

    Authors: Tannaz Birdi, Poonam Daswani, S Brijesh, Pundarikakshudu Tetali, Arvind Natu and Noshir Antia

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:33

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Knee osteoarthritis is a major cause of pain and functional limitation. Complementary and alternative medical approaches have been employed to relieve symptoms and to avoid the side effects of conventional med...

    Authors: Rixin Chen, Mingren Chen, Mingfei Kang, Jun Xiong, Zhenhai Chi, Bo Zhang and Yong Fu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:32

    Content type: Study protocol

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  4. The use of honey as a natural product of Apis spp. for burn treatment has been widely applied for centuries. Tualang honey has been reported to have antibacterial properties against various microorganisms, includ...

    Authors: Nur-Azida Mohd Nasir, Ahmad Sukari Halim, Kirnpal-Kaur Banga Singh, Ananda Aravazhi Dorai and Mehru-Nisha Muhammad Haneef

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:31

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Bee pollen, a honeybee product, is the feed for honeybees prepared themselves by pollens collecting from plants and has been consumed as a perfect food in Europe, because it is nutritionally well balanced. In ...

    Authors: Hiroe Maruyama, Takashi Sakamoto, Yoko Araki and Hideaki Hara

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:30

    Content type: Research article

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  6. To evaluate the effect of a dietary supplement containing polyunsaturated fatty acids, in association with Humulus lupulus extract, on the quality of sleep using the Leeds sleep evaluation questionnaire (LSEQ) in...

    Authors: Catherine Cornu, Laurent Remontet, Florence Noel-Baron, Alain Nicolas, Nathalie Feugier-Favier, Pascal Roy, Bruno Claustrat, Mitra Saadatian-Elahi and Behrouz Kassaï

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:29

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The number of dementia patients has increased worldwide, with an estimated 13.7 million dementia patients in the Asia Pacific region alone. This number is expected to increase to 64.6 million by the year 2050.

    Authors: Masatoshi Takeda, Ryota Hashimoto, Takashi Kudo, Masayasu Okochi, Shinji Tagami, Takashi Morihara, Golam Sadick and Toshihisa Tanaka

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:28

    Content type: Debate

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  8. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is growing in popularity, especially within the pediatric population. Research on CAM practitioners and their specialties, such as pediatrics, is lacking. Within th...

    Authors: Katherine A Pohlman, Maria A Hondras, Cynthia R Long and Andrea G Haan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:26

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Plants have long been investigated as a source of antibiotics and other bioactives for the treatment of human disease. New Zealand contains a diverse and unique flora, however, few of its endemic plants have b...

    Authors: Emma A Earl, Mudassar Altaf, Rekha V Murikoli, Simon Swift and Ronan O'Toole

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:25

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Asclepias curassavica Linn. is a traditional medicinal plant used by tribal people in the western ghats, India, to treat piles, gonorrhoea, roundworm infestation and abdominal tumours. We have determined the pro...

    Authors: Albert A Baskar, Savarimuthu Ignacimuthu, Gabriel M Paulraj and Khalid S Al Numair

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:24

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Physical activity and exercise appear to improve psychological health. However, the quantitative effects of Tai Chi on psychological well-being have rarely been examined. We systematically reviewed the effects...

    Authors: Chenchen Wang, Raveendhara Bannuru, Judith Ramel, Bruce Kupelnick, Tammy Scott and Christopher H Schmid

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:23

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Many oxidative stress related diseases are as a result of accumulation of free radicals in the body. A lot of researches are going on worldwide directed towards finding natural antioxidants of plants origins. ...

    Authors: Olayinka A Aiyegoro and Anthony I Okoh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:21

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Cellular damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been implicated in several diseases, and hence natural antioxidants have significant importance in human health. The present study was carried out to...

    Authors: Bibhabasu Hazra, Rhitajit Sarkar, Santanu Biswas and Nripendranath Mandal

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:20

    Content type: Research article

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  14. A variety of mint [Mentha spicata] has been bred which over-expresses Rosmarinic acid (RA) by approximately 20-fold. RA has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity in vitro and in small rodents; thus ...

    Authors: Wendy Pearson, Ronald S Fletcher, Laima S Kott and Mark B Hurtig

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:19

    Content type: Research article

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  15. A stressful stimulus is a crucial determinant of health and disease. Antidepressants are used to manage stress and their related effects. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of St. John's ...

    Authors: Anil Kumar, Ruchika Garg and Atish K Prakash

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:18

    Content type: Research article

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  16. A phytotherapic compound containing Pimpinella anisum L., Foeniculum vulgare Miller, Sambucus nigra L., and Cassia augustifolia is largely used in Brazil for the treatment of constipation. However, the laxative e...

    Authors: Paulo D Picon, Rafael V Picon, Andry F Costa, Guilherme B Sander, Karine M Amaral, Ana L Aboy and Amélia T Henriques

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:17

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Oxidative stress plays a role in acute and chronic inflammatory disease and antioxidant supplementation has demonstrated beneficial effects in the treatment of these conditions. This study was designed to dete...

    Authors: Stephen P Myers, Lesley Stevenson, Phillip A Cheras, Joan O'Connor, Lyndon Brooks, Margaret Rolfe, Paul Conellan and Carol Morris

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:16

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Blechnum orientale Linn. (Blechnaceae) is used ethnomedicinally for the treatment of various skin diseases, stomach pain, urinary bladder complaints and sterilization of women. The aim of the study was to evalua...

    Authors: How Y Lai, Yau Y Lim and Kah H Kim

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:15

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Tobacco smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death among American women. Exercise has shown promise as an aid to smoking cessation because it reduces weight gain and weight concerns, improves affec...

    Authors: Beth C Bock, Kathleen M Morrow, Bruce M Becker, David M Williams, Geoffrey Tremont, Ronnesia B Gaskins, Ernestine Jennings, Joseph Fava and Bess H Marcus

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:14

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. Probiotics are effective in inflammatory bowel diseases. Clinical effectiveness and dose dependency of E. coli Nissle (EcN) enemas were investigated in ulcerative colitis (UC).

    Authors: Harald Matthes, Thomas Krummenerl, Manfred Giensch, Corinna Wolff and Jürgen Schulze

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:13

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The Feldenkrais Method ® of somatic education purports to guide people of varying ages and abilities to improve function. Many people choose this method to aid with recovery from injury, manage chronic conditions...

    Authors: Patricia A Buchanan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:12

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Infertility patients are a vulnerable group that often seeks a non-medical solution for their failure to conceive. World-wide, women use CAM for productive health, but only a limited number of studies report o...

    Authors: Tamer Edirne, Secil Gunher Arica, Sebahat Gucuk, Recep Yildizhan, Ali Kolusari, Ertan Adali and Muhammet Can

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:11

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Neurological rehabilitation is one of the most care-intensive challenges in the health care system requiring specialist therapeutic and nursing knowledge. In this descriptive pilot study, we investigated the e...

    Authors: Thomas Ostermann, Mathias Bertram and Arndt Büssing

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:10

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Escherichia coli occurs naturally in the human gut; however, certain strains that can cause infections, are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Multidrug-resistant E. coli that produce extended-spectrum β lactama...

    Authors: Rula M Darwish and Talal A Aburjai

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:9

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Natural health products (NHPs), such as herbal medicines and vitamins, are widely available over-the-counter and are often purchased by consumers without advice from a healthcare provider. This study examined ...

    Authors: Rishma Walji, Heather Boon, Joanne Barnes, Zubin Austin, Sandy Welsh and G Ross Baker

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:8

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Mareya micrantha (Benth.) Müll. Arg. (Euphorbiaceae) is a shrub that is commonly used in Côte d'Ivoire (West Africa) for the treatment of constipation and as an ocytocic drug. The present study was carried out t...

    Authors: Souleymane Méité, Calixte Bahi, Dodéhé Yéo, Jacques Y Datté, Joseph A Djaman and David J N'guessan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:7

    Content type: Research article

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  27. The six organic solvent extracts of Artemisia nilagirica were screened for the potential antimicrobial activity against phytopathogens and clinically important standard reference bacterial strains.

    Authors: Abdul R Ahameethunisa and Waheeta Hopper

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:6

    Content type: Research article

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  28. We aimed to describe prevailing attitudes and practices of rheumatologists in the United States toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments. We wanted to determine whether rheumatologists' p...

    Authors: Nisha J Manek, Cynthia S Crowson, Abigale L Ottenberg, Farr A Curlin, Ted J Kaptchuk and Jon C Tilburt

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:5

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Free radical-induced oxidative stress is the root cause for many human diseases. Naturally occurring antioxidant supplements from plants are vital to counter the oxidative damage in cells. The main objective o...

    Authors: Akiri SVC Rao, Sareddy G Reddy, Phanithi P Babu and Attipalli R Reddy

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:4

    Content type: Research article

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  30. The demand for complementary medicine (CM) is growing worldwide and so is the supply. So far, there is not much insight in the activities in Dutch CM practices nor in how these activities differ from mainstrea...

    Authors: Phil JM Heiligers, Judith de Groot, Dick Koster and Sandra van Dulmen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:3

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Morinda citrifolia (Noni) is an edible plant with wide range of medicinal uses. It occurs exclusively in tropical climate zone from India through Southeast Asia and Australia to Eastern Polynesia and Hawaii. The...

    Authors: Anwarul Hassan Gilani, Saf-ur-Rehman Mandukhail, Javeid Iqbal, Masoom Yasinzai, Nauman Aziz, Aslam Khan and Najeeb-ur-Rehman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:2

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Lactic acid-producing bacteria (LAB) probiotics demonstrate immunomodulating and anti-inflammatory effects and the ability to lessen the symptoms of arthritis in both animals and humans. This randomized, doubl...

    Authors: David R Mandel, Katy Eichas and Judith Holmes

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:1

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  33. Studies exploring the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to enhance fertility are limited. While Australian trends indicate that women are using CAM during pregnancy, little is known about wom...

    Authors: Jo-Anne Rayner, Helen L McLachlan, Della A Forster and Rhian Cramer

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:52

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Congaplex® and Immuplex® are dietary supplements that have been traditionally used to support immune system function. The purpose of these experiments was to determine whether Congaplex® and Immuplex® affect immu...

    Authors: Paul R Hanlon, Melissa G Robbins, Chris Scholl and David M Barnes

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:51

    Content type: Research article

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  35. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is now an accepted and effective treatment for infertility, however IVF is acknowledged as contributing to, rather than lessening, the overall psychosocial effects of infertility. ...

    Authors: Sheryl de Lacey, Caroline A Smith and Charlotte Paterson

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:50

    Content type: Research article

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  36. For almost 2000 years it has been recognized that aqueous extracts from pine cones possess medicinal properties beneficial for the treatment of a broad variety of diseases and conditions. In this report, the a...

    Authors: Mike Burrows, Deepak Assundani, Esteban Celis, Frank Tufaro, Akiko Tanaka and W Guy Bradley

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:49

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder affecting carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. Tridax procumbens Linn. (Family-Asteraceae; common name-Dhaman grass) is common herb found in India. Traditionally, the tribal ...

    Authors: Hemant Pareek, Sameer Sharma, Balvant S Khajja, Kusum Jain and GC Jain

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:48

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Aegle marmelos (L.) Correa has been widely used in indigenous systems of Indian medicine due to its various medicinal properties. However, despite its traditional usage as an anti-diarrhoeal there is limited inf...

    Authors: S Brijesh, Poonam Daswani, Pundarikakshudu Tetali, Noshir Antia and Tannaz Birdi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:47

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  39. Endophytes, microorganisms which reside in plant tissues, have potential in producing novel metabolites for exploitation in medicine. Cytotoxic and antibacterial activities of a total of 300 endophytic fungi w...

    Authors: Nurul AMN Hazalin, Kalavathy Ramasamy, Siong Siong Meng Lim, Ibtisam Abdul Wahab, Anthony LJ Cole and Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:46

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  40. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a key regulator of pathogenic angiogenesis in diseases such as cancer and diabetic retinopathy. Bee products [royal jelly (RJ), bee pollen, and Chinese red propolis...

    Authors: Hiroshi Izuta, Masamitsu Shimazawa, Kazuhiro Tsuruma, Yoko Araki, Satoshi Mishima and Hideaki Hara

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:45

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Medicinal plants represent alternative means for the treatment of several chronic diseases, including inflammation. The genus Ranunculus, a representative of the Ranunculaceae family, has been reported to possess...

    Authors: Sabreen F Fostok, Rima A Ezzeddine, Fadia R Homaidan, Jamal A Al-Saghir, Ralph G Salloum, Najat A Saliba and Rabih S Talhouk

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:44

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Semen armeniacae amarum (SAA) is a Chinese traditional medicine and has long been used to control acute lower respiratory tract infection and asthma, as a result of its expectorant and antiasthmatic activities...

    Authors: Jianling Jin, Bo Liu, Hui Zhang, Xiao Tian, Yupin Cai and Peiji Gao

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:43

    Content type: Research article

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  43. A number of surveys have examined use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) in Australia. However, there are limited Australian data on use of CAM and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines in the elderly...

    Authors: Lynn Yeen Goh, Agnes I Vitry, Susan J Semple, Adrian Esterman and Mary A Luszcz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:42

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  44. This study set out to determine the incidence, socio-demographic, and clinical correlates of Traditional Eye Medicine (TEM) use in a population of newly presenting ophthalmic outpatients attending a tertiary e...

    Authors: Boniface Ikenna Eze, Chimdi Memnofu Chuka-Okosa and Judith Nkechi Uche

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:40

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  45. There has been little knowledge about dietary supplementation by the Chinese elderly. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the usage of dietary supplements by older adults in southern China.

    Authors: Wenbin Liang, Andy H Lee and Colin W Binns

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:39

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  46. Medication Reconciliation and Medication Safety are two themes emphasized in a variety of healthcare organizations. As a result, health care facilities have established methods for obtaining a patient's medica...

    Authors: Allison R King, Flint S Russett, Joyce A Generali and Dennis W Grauer

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:38

    Content type: Research article

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