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  1. 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

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. The ethanolic extract of the leaves of Ocimium gratisimum L. (Lamiaceae), used in traditional medicine for the treatment of several ailments such as urinary tract, wound, skin and gastrointestinal infections, was...

    Authors: Emeka I Nweze and Elizabeth E Eze

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:37

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Anti-inflammatory activities of medicinal plants have largely been attributed to their content of sesquiterpene lactones (SLs). SLs are predominantly found in the sunflower family Asteraceae and have been isolate...

    Authors: Jamal Al-Saghir, Randa Al-Ashi, Ralph Salloum, Najat A Saliba, Rabih S Talhouk and Fadia R Homaidan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:36

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Several species from Insecta are used as remedies. Among these species, the termite Nasutitermes corniger is commonly used in traditional medicine in Northeast Brazil. The present work tests the modifying antibio...

    Authors: Henrique DM Coutinho, Alexandre Vasconcellos, Micheline A Lima, Geraldo G Almeida-Filho and Rômulo RN Alves

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:35

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Antibiotic resistance of bacteria is on the rise, thus the discovery of alternative therapeutic agents is urgently needed. Honey possesses therapeutic potential, including wound healing properties and antimicr...

    Authors: Hern Tze Tan, Rosliza Abdul Rahman, Siew Hua Gan, Ahmad Sukari Halim, Siti Asma' Hassan, Siti Amrah Sulaiman and Kirnpal-Kaur BS

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:34

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  10. A model for integrative medicine (IM) adapted to Swedish primary care was previously developed. The aim of this study was to explore the feasibility of a pragmatic randomised clinical trial to investigate the ...

    Authors: Tobias Sundberg, Max Petzold, Per Wändell, Anna Rydén and Torkel Falkenberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:33

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Gemstones have been in use as part of alternative and complementary medicine for years. However, our understanding of the perceived healing powers of gemstones is limited. An extensive literature search reveal...

    Authors: Sidra Ishaque, Taimur Saleem and Waris Qidwai

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:32

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Acute herpes zoster is a prevalent condition. One of its major symptoms is pain, which can highly influence patient's quality of life. Pain therapy is limited. Acupuncture is supposed to soften neuropathic pai...

    Authors: Johannes Fleckenstein, Sybille Kramer, Philipp Hoffrogge, Sarah Thoma, Philip M Lang, Lukas Lehmeyer, Gabriel M Schober, Florian Pfab, Johannes Ring, Peter Weisenseel, Klaus J Schotten, Ulrich Mansmann and Dominik Irnich

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:31

    Content type: Study protocol

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  13. Anethum graveolens Linn., Foeniculum vulgare Mill. and Trachyspermum ammi L. are widely used traditional medicinal plants to treat various ailments. To provide a scientific basis to traditional uses of these pla...

    Authors: Gurinder J Kaur and Daljit S Arora

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:30

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) is the current HIV/AIDS treatment modality. Despite the fact that HAART is very effective in suppressing HIV-1 replication and reducing the mortality of HIV/AIDS p...

    Authors: In-Woo Park, Changri Han, Xiaoping Song, Linden A Green, Ting Wang, Ying Liu, Changchun Cen, Xinming Song, Biao Yang, Guangying Chen and Johnny J He

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:29

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  15. The rhizomes of Cynodon dactylon are used for the treatment of heart failure in folk medicine. In the present study, we investigated the effects of hydroalcoholic extract of C. dactylon rhizomes on cardiac contra...

    Authors: Alireza Garjani, Arash Afrooziyan, Hossein Nazemiyeh, Moslem Najafi, Ali Kharazmkia and Nasrin Maleki-Dizaji

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:28

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  16. Insulin sensitivity has been enhanced by electroacupuncture (EA) in rats, but the EA phenomenon in an insulin resistant state is still unclear. This study reports the use of a large dose of prednisolone to eva...

    Authors: Rong-Tsung Lin, Chung-Yuh Tzeng, Yu-Chen Lee, Wai-Jane Ho, Juei-Tang Cheng, Jaung-Geng Lin and Shih-Liang Chang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:26

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  17. Brazilian propolis type 6 (Atlantic forest, Bahia) is distinct from the other types of propolis especially due to absence of flavonoids and presence of other non-polar, long chain compounds, but presenting good i...

    Authors: Myrella Lessio Castro, Walquíria Ribeiro Vilela, Rogéria Cristina Zauli, Masaharu Ikegaki, Vera Lúcia Garcia Rehder, Mary Ann Foglio, Severino Matias de Alencar and Pedro Luiz Rosalen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:25

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  18. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a functional bowel disorder with symptoms of abdominal pain and disturbed defecation experienced by 10% of U.S. adults, results in significant disability, impaired quality of li...

    Authors: Susan A Gaylord, William E Whitehead, Rebecca S Coble, Keturah R Faurot, Olafur S Palsson, Eric L Garland, William Frey and John Douglas Mann

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:24

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. Recently, natural products have been evaluated as sources of antimicrobial agents with efficacies against a variety of micro-organisms.

    Authors: Simon WJ Gould, Mark D Fielder, Alison F Kelly and Declan P Naughton

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:23

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  20. Buddleja saligna Willd (Loganiaceae) is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree; trunk short, often gnarled and crooked; crown dense, rounded or domed-shaped; foliage greyish green. The wild olives are traditiona...

    Authors: Adeolu A Adedapo, Florence O Jimoh, Srinivas Koduru, Patrick J Masika and Anthony J Afolayan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:21

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  21. Liqi, an herbal preparation used in traditional Chinese medicine, has been used to treat cancer in China for centuries. We investigated the anti-tumor effects of liqi and their mechanisms in mice that had been x...

    Authors: Deng-Bo Ji, Jia Ye, Yi-Min Jiang and Bo-Wen Qian

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:20

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  22. The potential contribution of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities to promote and support critical health literacy has not received substantial attention within either the health promotion o...

    Authors: Andrew F Long

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:19

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  23. The extent to which a health care intervention causes or facilitates health-related change is a key question in research. The need to quantify such change has led to the development of an increasing number of ...

    Authors: Charlotte Paterson, Charlotte Baarts, Laila Launsø and Marja J Verhoef

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:18

    Content type: Debate

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  24. Human communities consistently develop a detailed knowledge of the therapeutical and medicinal properties of the local flora and fauna, and these folk remedies often substitute medicines produced by the pharma...

    Authors: Felipe S Ferreira, Samuel V Brito, Samuel C Ribeiro, Antônio AF Saraiva, Waltécio O Almeida and Rômulo RN Alves

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:17

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  25. Bach Flower Remedies are thought to help balance emotional state and are commonly recommended by practitioners for psychological problems and pain. We assessed whether Bach Flower Remedies (BFRs) are safe and ...

    Authors: Kylie Thaler, Angela Kaminski, Andrea Chapman, Tessa Langley and Gerald Gartlehner

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:16

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  26. Angiogenesis, a complex multistep process that comprehends proliferation, migration and anastomosis of endothelial cells (EC), has a major role in the development of pathologic conditions such as inflammatory ...

    Authors: Flávia CM Lopes, Ana Rocha, Ana Pirraco, Luis O Regasini, Dulce HS Silva, Vanderlan S Bolzani, Isabel Azevedo, Iracilda Z Carlos and Raquel Soares

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:15

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  27. Between 7% and 48% of cancer patients report taking herbal medicines after diagnosis. Because of the possibility of unwanted side effects or interactions with conventional treatments, people with cancer are ge...

    Authors: Christine Gratus, Sue Wilson, Sheila M Greenfield, Sarah L Damery, Sally A Warmington, Robert Grieve, Neil M Steven and Philip Routledge

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:14

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. Staphylococcus genus is widely spread in nature being part of the indigenous microbiota of skin and mucosa of animal and birds. Some Staphylococcus species are frequently recognized as etiological agents of many...

    Authors: Henrique DM Coutinho, José GM Costa, Edeltrudes O Lima, Vivyanne S Falcão-Silva and José P Siqueira Júnior

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:13

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  29. Qi vacuity (QV) is defined by traditional Chinese medicine as a loss of energy in the human body. An objective method for detecting QV was not available until recently, however. The automatic reflective diagno...

    Authors: Ming-Feng Chen, Hsi-Ming Yu, Shu-Fang Li and Ta-Jung You

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:12

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  30. The efficacy of natural products (NPs) is being evaluated using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with increasing frequency, yet a search of the literature did not identify a widely accepted critical apprais...

    Authors: Tannis Jurgens, Anne Marie Whelan, Melissa MacDonald and Lindsay Lord

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:11

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  31. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is widely used throughout the UK and the Western world. CAM is commonly used for children and the decision-making process to use CAM is affected by numerous factors...

    Authors: Ava Lorenc, Yael Ilan-Clarke, Nicola Robinson and Mitch Blair

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:9

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  32. Considerable interest has been aroused in recent years by the well-known notion that biological systems are sensitive to visible light. With clinical applications of visible radiation in the far-red to near-in...

    Authors: Alessandro Giuliani, Luca Lorenzini, Michele Gallamini, Alessandro Massella, Luciana Giardino and Laura Calzà

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:8

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  33. Recent years have witnessed that there is a revival of interest in drug discovery from medicinal plants for the maintenance of health in all parts of the world. The aim of this work was to investigate 26 plant...

    Authors: Ramzi A Mothana, Ulrike Lindequist, Renate Gruenert and Patrick J Bednarski

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:7

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  34. Originating from Africa, India, and the Middle East, frankincense oil has been important both socially and economically as an ingredient in incense and perfumes for thousands of years. Frankincense oil is prep...

    Authors: Mark Barton Frank, Qing Yang, Jeanette Osban, Joseph T Azzarello, Marcia R Saban, Ricardo Saban, Richard A Ashley, Jan C Welter, Kar-Ming Fung and Hsueh-Kung Lin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:6

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  35. The aim of this study was to review evaluations and audits of primary care complementary therapy services to determine the impact of these services on improving health outcomes and reducing NHS costs. Our inte...

    Authors: Lesley Wye, Deborah Sharp and Alison Shaw

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:5

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  36. Bee products (including propolis, royal jelly, and bee pollen) are popular, traditional health foods. We compared antioxidant effects among water and ethanol extracts of Brazilian green propolis (WEP or EEP), ...

    Authors: Yoshimi Nakajima, Kazuhiro Tsuruma, Masamitsu Shimazawa, Satoshi Mishima and Hideaki Hara

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:4

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  37. Alternative treatments are commonly used for various disorders and often taken on-demand. On-demand treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with pharmaceutical products is an established, cost-effe...

    Authors: Per G Farup, Mathis Heibert and Victor Høeg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:3

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  38. Several in vitro studies have looked at the effect of medicinal plant extracts against Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Regardless of the popular use of Byrsonima crassa (B. crassa) as antiemetic, diuretic, febri...

    Authors: Cibele Bonacorsi, Maria Stella G Raddi, Iracilda Z Carlos, Miriam Sannomiya and Wagner Vilegas

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:2

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  39. Estimating a realistic effect size is an important issue in the planning of clinical studies of complementary and alternative medicine therapies. When a minimally important difference is not available, researc...

    Authors: Michael F Johnston, Ron D Hays and Ka-Kit Hui

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 9:1

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  40. The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is on the increase globally with a high prevalence in children and adults with chronic illnesses. Many studies have evaluated the epidemiology of medicin...

    Authors: Kazeem A Oshikoya, Idowu O Senbanjo, Olisamedua F Njokanma and Ayo Soipe

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:66

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  41. Punica granatum L. or pomegranates, have been reported to have antimicrobial activity against a range of Gram positive and negative bacteria. Pomegranate formulations containing ferrous salts have enhanced altho...

    Authors: Erin M McCarrell, Simon WJ Gould, Mark D Fielder, Alison F Kelly, Waffa El Sankary and Declan P Naughton

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:64

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  42. Many diseases are associated with oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Current research is directed towards finding naturally-occurring antioxidants of plant origin. The aim of the present study was to ev...

    Authors: Bibhabasu Hazra, Santanu Biswas and Nripendranath Mandal

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:63

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  43. Mosquitoes are associated with the transmission of malaria, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, filariasis and other viral diseases throughout the globe, apart from being a nuisance pest. Biological control alone o...

    Authors: Nandita Chowdhury, Subrata Laskar and Goutam Chandra

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:62

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  44. Anthroposophic medicine offers a variety of treatments, among others the oil-dispersion bath, developed in the 1930s by Werner Junge. Based on the phenomenon that oil and water do not mix and on recommendation...

    Authors: Arndt Büssing, Dirk Cysarz, Friedrich Edelhäuser, Gudrun Bornhöft, Peter F Matthiessen and Thomas Ostermann

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:61

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  45. There is ethnopharmacological evidence that Petiveria alliacea can have antitumor activity; however, the mechanism of its cytotoxic activity is not well understood. We assessed multiple in vitro biological activi...

    Authors: Claudia Urueña, Claudia Cifuentes, Diana Castañeda, Amparo Arango, Punit Kaur, Alexzander Asea and Susana Fiorentino

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008 8:60

    Content type: Research article

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