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  1. Australian General Practitioners (GPs) are in the forefront of primary health care and in an excellent position to communicate with their patients and educate them about Complementary Medicines (CMs) use. Howe...

    Authors: Tina Janamian, Stephen P Myers, Peter O'Rourke and Heather Eastwood
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:77
  2. Ginger is one of the most important spice crops and traditionally has been used as medicinal plant in Bangladesh. The present work is aimed to find out antioxidant and anticancer activities of two Bangladeshi ...

    Authors: Shahedur Rahman, Faizus Salehin and Asif Iqbal
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:76

    The Retraction Note to this article has been published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:206

  3. Therapeutic massage and bodywork (TMB) practitioners are predominantly trained in programs that are not uniformly standardized, and in variable combinations of therapies. To date no studies have explored this ...

    Authors: Antony J Porcino, Heather S Boon, Stacey A Page and Marja J Verhoef
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:75
  4. Obesity is a health hazard which is closely associated with various complications including insulin resistance, hypertension, dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes and cancer. In spite of numerous pre...

    Authors: Anita Thyagarajan-Sahu, Brandon Lane and Daniel Sliva
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:74
  5. Studies have been conducted on supplementing the daily diet with plant sterol ester-enriched milk derivatives in order to reduce LDL-cholesterol levels and, consequently, cardiovascular risk. However, clinical...

    Authors: Ignacio Párraga, Jesús López-Torres, Fernando Andrés, Beatriz Navarro, José M del Campo, Mercedes García-Reyes, María P Galdón, Ángeles Lloret, Juan C Precioso and Joseba Rabanales
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:73
  6. Viscum album L extracts (VAE, mistletoe) and isolated mistletoe lectins (ML) have immunostimulating properties and a strong dose-dependent cytotoxic activity. They are frequently used in complementary cancer tre...

    Authors: Gunver S Kienle, Renate Grugel and Helmut Kiene
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:72
  7. The regulation of the markets for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) products presents a global challenge. There is a dearth of studies that have examined or evaluated the regulatory policies of CAM ...

    Authors: Mohamad Alameddine, Farah Naja, Sarah Abdel-Salam, Salwa Maalouf and Claudia Matta
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:71
  8. Infectious diseases caused by multiresistant microbial strains are on the increase. Fighting these diseases with natural products may be more efficacious. The aim of this study was to investigate the in vitro ant...

    Authors: Jules CN Assob, Henri LF Kamga, Dickson S Nsagha, Anna L Njunda, Peter F Nde, Emmanuel A Asongalem, Abdel J Njouendou, Bertrand Sandjon and Veronique B Penlap
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:70
  9. Free radical stress leads to tissue injury and can eventually to arthritis, atherosclerosis, diabetes mellitus, neurodegenerative diseases and carcinogenesis. Several studies are ongoing worldwide to find natu...

    Authors: Purabi Roy, Sarika Amdekar, Avnish Kumar and Vinod Singh
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:69
  10. Atopic Dermatitis is a chronic relapsing eczematous skin disease with increasing prevalence and rising costs. It has a clear impact on a patient's quality of life. Many patients are worried about the use of us...

    Authors: Nam-Kwen Kim, Dong-Hyo Lee, Hyung-Sik Seo, Seung-Ho Sun, Yong-Leol Oh, Ji-Eun Kim, In-Hwan Yoon, Eun-Sung Seo, Gye-Seon Shim and Christopher Zaslawski
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:68
  11. Adequate reporting of safety in publications of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) is a pre-requisite for accurate and comprehensive profile evaluation of conventional as well as complementary and alternative...

    Authors: Lucy-Ann Turner, Kavita Singh, Chantelle Garritty, Alexander Tsertsvadze, Eric Manheimer, L Susan Wieland, James Galipeau and David Moher
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:67
  12. Conventional treatments for the articular diseases are often effective for symptom relief, but can also cause significant side effects and do not slow the progression of the disease. Several natural substances...

    Authors: Nahid Akhtar, Mark JS Miller and Tariq M Haqqi
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:66
  13. Withania somnifera is an important medicinal plant traditionally used in the treatment of many diseases. The present study was carried out to characterize the phenolic acids, flavonoids and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl...

    Authors: Nadia Alam, Monzur Hossain, Md Ibrahim Khalil, Mohammed Moniruzzaman, Siti Amrah Sulaiman and Siew Hua Gan
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:65
  14. Abelmoschus moschatus Medik. leaves and seeds are considered as valuable traditional medicine. The aromatic seeds of this plant are aphrodisiac, ophthalmic, cardio tonic, antispasmodic and used in the treatment ...

    Authors: Mir Z Gul, Lepakshi M Bhakshu, Farhan Ahmad, Anand K Kondapi, Insaf A Qureshi and Irfan A Ghazi
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:64
  15. In this preliminary trial we investigated the effects of dry cupping, an ancient method for treating pain syndromes, on patients with chronic non-specific neck pain. Sensory mechanical thresholds and the parti...

    Authors: Romy Lauche, Holger Cramer, Kyung-Eun Choi, Thomas Rampp, Felix Joyonto Saha, Gustav J Dobos and Frauke Musial
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:63
  16. Blechnum orientale Linn. (Blechnaceae) is used ethnomedicinally to treat wounds, boils, blisters or abscesses and sores, stomach pain and urinary bladder complaints. The aim of the study was to validate the ethn...

    Authors: How Yee Lai, Yau Yan Lim and Kah Hwi Kim
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:62
  17. The aim was to investigate changes in the prevalence and characteristics of male and female visitors to practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in a large adult population from 1997 to 2008.

    Authors: Aslak Steinsbekk, Marit B Rise and Roar Johnsen
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:61
  18. Antiretroviral treatment (ART) regimens in HIV patients commonly cause significant lipid elevations, including increases in both triglycerides and cholesterol. Standard treatments for hypercholesterolemia incl...

    Authors: Donald I Abrams, Paul Couey, Starley B Shade, Mary Ellen Kelly, Nnemdi Kamanu-Elias and Paul Stamets
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:60
  19. Modified citrus pectin (MCP) is known for its anti-cancer effects and its ability to be absorbed and circulated in the human body. In this report we tested the ability of MCP to induce the activation of human ...

    Authors: Cheppail Ramachandran, Barry J Wilk, Arland Hotchkiss, Hoa Chau, Isaac Eliaz and Steven J Melnick
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:59
  20. Mushroom polysaccharides have traditionally been used for the prevention and treatment of a multitude of disorders like infectious illnesses, cancers and various autoimmune diseases. Crude mushroom extracts ha...

    Authors: Fhernanda R Smiderle, Andrea C Ruthes, Jeroen van Arkel, Wasaporn Chanput, Marcello Iacomini, Harry J Wichers and Leo JLD Van Griensven
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:58
  21. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of the methanol extract, fractions and isolated compounds from Entada abyssinica stem bark, plant used traditionally against gast...

    Authors: Gerald N Teke, Paul K Lunga, Hippolyte K Wabo, Jules-Roger Kuiate, Gerard Vilarem, Geraldine Giacinti, Haruhisa Kikuchi and Yoshiteru Oshima
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:57
  22. Proteases play an important role in virulence of many human, plant and insect pathogens. The proteinaceous protease inhibitors of plant origin have been reported widely from many plant species. The inhibitors ...

    Authors: Vinayak R Tripathi, Shailendra Kumar and Satyendra K Garg
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:56
  23. Myrsine africana is an herbaceous plant that is traditionally used as appetizer and carminative. Locally, it is used for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, rheumatism and diarrhea by healers. The aims of t...

    Authors: Sadiq Azam, Shumaila Bashir and Bashir Ahmad
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:55
  24. Our previous studies showed that Salvianolic acid B (Sal B) inhibited 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced oral carcinogenesis in hamsters and such anti-cancer effects might be related to the inhibiti...

    Authors: Ya Yang, Ping J Ge, Long Jiang, Feng L Li and Qin Y Zhu
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:54
  25. The hypocholesterolemic effects of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have now become an area of great interest and controversy for many scientists. In this study, we evaluated the effects of Lactobacillus plantarum 9-41...

    Authors: Ning Xie, Yi Cui, Ya-Ni Yin, Xin Zhao, Jun-Wen Yang, Zheng-Gen Wang, Nian Fu, Yong Tang, Xue-Hong Wang, Xiao-Wei Liu, Chun-Lian Wang and Fang-Gen Lu
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:53
  26. Popular Brazilian medicine uses Heteropterys aphrodisiaca infusion as a tonic or stimulant, for the treatment of nervous debility and breakdown and for muscle and bone weakness. This study investigated the effect...

    Authors: Juliana C Monteiro, Marcos LM Gomes, Tatiana C Tomiosso, Wilson R Nakagaki, Mariana M Sbervelheri, Danilo L Ferrucci, Edson R Pimentel and Heidi Dolder
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:51
  27. Patients with osteoarthritis (OA) take a variety of health supplements in an attempt to reduce pain and improve function. The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) in t...

    Authors: Eytan M Debbi, Gabriel Agar, Gil Fichman, Yaron Bar Ziv, Rami Kardosh, Nahum Halperin, Avi Elbaz, Yiftah Beer and Ronen Debi
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:50
  28. Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a prominent clinical problem. There are calls for multi-modal interventions.

    Authors: Michael F Johnston, Ron D Hays, Saskia K Subramanian, Robert M Elashoff, Eleanor K Axe, Jie-Jia Li, Irene Kim, Roberto B Vargas, Jihey Lee, LuGe Yang and Ka-Kit Hui
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:49
  29. Carissa opaca (Apocynaceae) leaves possess antioxidant activity and hepatoprotective effects, and so may provide a possible therapeutic alternative in hepatic disorders. The effect produced by methanolic extract...

    Authors: Sumaira Sahreen, Muhammad R Khan and Rahmat A Khan
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:48
  30. An important but understudied component of Canada's health system is alternative care. The objective of this paper is to examine the geographic and socio-demographic characteristics of alternative care consult...

    Authors: Allison M Williams, Peter Kitchen and Jeanette Eby
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:47
  31. Data on the potential efficacy of acupuncture (AC) in controlling intense or very intense pain in patients with Herpes Zoster (HZ) has not been so far adequately assessed in comparison with standard pharmacolo...

    Authors: Tamara Ursini, Monica Tontodonati, Lamberto Manzoli, Ennio Polilli, Cristina Rebuzzi, Gabriele Congedo, Sonia Di Profio, Patrizia Marani Toro, Augusta Consorte, Giuseppina Placido, Stefano Laganà, Claudio D'Amario, Carla Granchelli, Giustino Parruti and Lucio Pippa
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:46
  32. Asthma is increasing worldwide and results from a complex immunological interaction between genetic susceptibility and environmental factors. Autovaccination with E. coli induces a strong TH-1 immune response, th...

    Authors: Markus A Rose, Bianca Weigand, Ralf Schubert, Johannes Schulze and Stefan Zielen
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:45
  33. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs are becoming increasingly common, but have not been studied in low income minority older populations. We sought to understand which parts of MBSR were most im...

    Authors: Sarah L Szanton, Jennifer Wenzel, Amy B Connolly and Rachel L Piferi
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:44
  34. The emergence in recent years of numerous resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria to a range of formerly efficient antibiotics constitutes a serious threat to public health. Crassocephalum bauchiense, a medicina...

    Authors: Raymond S Mouokeu, Rosalie AN Ngono, Paul K Lunga, Martin M Koanga, Alambert T Tiabou, Guy SS Njateng, Jean DD Tamokou and Jules-Roger Kuiate
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:43
  35. Artocarpus communis is used traditionally in Cameroon to treat several ailments, including infectious and associated diseases. This work was therefore designed to investigate the antimicrobial activities of the ...

    Authors: Victor Kuete, Patrick Y Ango, Ghislain W Fotso, Gilbert DWF Kapche, Jean P Dzoyem, Arlette G Wouking, Bonaventure T Ngadjui and Berhanu M Abegaz
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:42
  36. Naturopaths and Western herbal medicine (WHM) practitioners were surveyed to identify their extent, experience and roles within the community pharmacy setting and to explore their attitudes to integration of c...

    Authors: Lesley A Braun, Ondine Spitzer, Evelin Tiralongo, Jenny M Wilkinson, Michael Bailey, Susan Poole and Michael Dooley
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:41
  37. Bitter cumin (Centratherum anthelminticum (L.) Kuntze), is a medicinally important plant. Earlier, we have reported phenolic compounds, antioxidant, and anti-hyperglycemic, antimicrobial activity of bitter cumin....

    Authors: V Ani and Kamatham A Naidu
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:40
  38. In traditional Chinese and Korean medicine, an aqueous extract derived from wood and bark of the Japanese spice bush Lindera obtusiloba (L.obtusiloba) is applied to treat inflammations and chronic liver diseases ...

    Authors: Christian Freise, Martin Ruehl, Ulrike Erben, Ulf Neumann, Daniel Seehofer, Ki Young Kim, Wolfram Trowitzsch-Kienast, Thorsten Stroh, Martin Zeitz and Rajan Somasundaram
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:39
  39. Cellular damage induced by free-radicals like Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species (ROS and RNS) has been implicated in several disorders and diseases, including ageing. Hence naturally occurring anti-oxidant ...

    Authors: Sourav Mukherjee, Nayana Pawar, Omkar Kulkarni, Bhagyashri Nagarkar, Shrikant Thopte, Akshay Bhujbal and Pankaj Pawar
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:38
  40. Cancers are some of the leading causes of human deaths worldwide and their relative importance continues to increase. Since an increasing proportion of cancer patients are acquiring resistance to traditional c...

    Authors: Supawadee Umthong, Preecha Phuwapraisirisan, Songchan Puthong and Chanpen Chanchao
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:37
  41. Study of in vivo antifungal activity of the hydroalcoholic extract (HE) and n-BuOH extract (BUTE) of Sapindus saponaria against azole-susceptible and -resistant human vaginal Candida spp.

    Authors: Edílson Damke, Joyce K Tsuzuki, Diógenes AG Cortez, Izabel CP Ferreira, Thâmara A Bertoni, Márcia R Batista, Lucélia Donati, Terezinha IE Svidzinski and Márcia EL Consolaro
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:35
  42. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is marked with chronic inflammation of intestinal epithelium driven by oxidative stress. Traditional treatments with plant extracts gained renewed interest due to their ability...

    Authors: Pankaj Pawar, Suhit Gilda, Siddhesh Sharma, Suresh Jagtap, Anant Paradkar, Kakasaheb Mahadik, Prabhakar Ranjekar and Abhay Harsulkar
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:34
  43. The leaves and roots of Cissampelos mucronata A. Rich (Menispermaceae) are widely used in the tropics and subtropics to manage various ailments such as gastro-intestinal complaints, menstrual problems, venereal d...

    Authors: Ramadhani S O Nondo, Zakaria H Mbwambo, Abdul W Kidukuli, Ester M Innocent, Matobola J Mihale, Paul Erasto and Mainen J Moshi
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:33
  44. Atherosclerosis is a major cause of death in developed world. Atherosclerosis is characterized by low-density lipoprotein deposition in the arterial wall which ultimately begets the formation of lesions. Ruptu...

    Authors: Judy Y Chan, Johnny C Koon, Ping-Chung Leung, Chun-Tao Che and Kwok-Pui Fung
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:32
  45. Aqueous extract of Piper sarmentosum (AEPS) is known to possess antioxidant and anti-atherosclerotic activities but the mechanism responsible for it remains unclear. In early part of atherosclerosis, nuclear fact...

    Authors: Azizah Ugusman, Zaiton Zakaria, Chua Kien Hui and Nor Anita Megat Mohd Nordin
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:31
  46. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use, including herbals and multivitamin supplements, is quite common in the U.S., and has been shown to be highest in breast cancer survivors. However, limited data...

    Authors: Mireille Bright-Gbebry, Kepher H Makambi, JoyAnn Phillips Rohan, Adana A Llanos, Lynn Rosenberg, Julie R Palmer and Lucile L Adams-Campbell
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:30
  47. Thymoquinone is an active principle of Nigella sativa seed known as "Habbah Al-Sauda" in Arabic countries and "Sinouj" in Tunisia. Bacterial biofilms tend to exhibit significant tolerance to antimicrobials drugs ...

    Authors: Kamel Chaieb, Bochra Kouidhi, Hanene Jrah, Kacem Mahdouani and Amina Bakhrouf
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:29
  48. Tuberculosis, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), is the most notified disease in the world. Development of resistance to first line drugs by MTB is a public health concern. As a result, there is the sear...

    Authors: Ezekiel Green, Lawrence C Obi, Amidou Samie, Pascal O Bessong and Roland N Ndip
    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:28