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  1. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  2. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  9. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  10. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  12. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  13. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  14. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  15. 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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  16. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  17. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  18. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  19. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  20. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  21. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  22. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  23. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  24. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  25. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  26. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  27. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  28. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  29. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  30. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  31. 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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  32. The aerial parts of Vitis vinifera (common grape or European grape) have been widely used in Ayurveda to treat a variety of common and stress related disorders. In the present investigation, the seed extract of V...

    Authors: Satyanarayana Sreemantula, Srinivas Nammi, Rajabhanu Kolanukonda, Sushruta Koppula and Krishna M Boini

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:1

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Duhuo Jisheng Wan (DJW) is perhaps the best known and most widely used Chinese herbal recipe for arthralgia, but the clinical study to verify its efficacy is lacking. The purpose of this study was to compare t...

    Authors: Supanimit Teekachunhatean, Puongtip Kunanusorn, Noppamas Rojanasthien, Kanit Sananpanich, Suwalee Pojchamarnwiputh, Sorasak Lhieochaiphunt and Sumalee Pruksakorn

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:19

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The use of herbal supplements in the United States has become increasingly popular. The prevalence of herbal use among primary care patients varies in previous studies; the pattern of herbal use among urban ra...

    Authors: Grace M Kuo, Sarah T Hawley, L Todd Weiss, Rajesh Balkrishnan and Robert J Volk

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:18

    Content type: Research article

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  35. The flower bud of Syzygium aromaticum (L.) Merr. & Perry. (clove) has been used in Unani medicine since ancient times for the treatment of male sexual disorders. The present study is aimed to investigate the effe...

    Authors: Tajuddin, Shamshad Ahmad, Abdul Latif and Iqbal Ahmad Qasmi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:17

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of aqueous extract of Scoparia dulcis on the occurrence of oxidative stress in the brain of rats during diabetes by measuring the extent of oxidative damage as w...

    Authors: Leelavinothan Pari and Muniappan Latha

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:16

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Despite the growing use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by consumers in the U.S., little is known about the practice of CAM providers. The objective of this study was to describe and compare th...

    Authors: Heather S Boon, Daniel C Cherkin, Janet Erro, Karen J Sherman, Bruce Milliman, Jennifer Booker, Elaine H Cramer, Michael J Smith, Richard A Deyo and David M Eisenberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:14

    Content type: Research article

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  38. The objective of this review is to determine the effectiveness of Harpagophytum procumbens preparations in the treatment of various forms of musculoskeletal pain.

    Authors: Joel J Gagnier, Sigrun Chrubasik and Eric Manheimer

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:13

    Content type: Research article

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:7

  39. The morbidity and mortality associated with depression are considerable and continue to increase. Depression currently ranks fourth among the major causes of disability worldwide, after lower respiratory infec...

    Authors: Shahin Akhondzadeh, Hasan Fallah-Pour, Khosro Afkham, Amir-Hossein Jamshidi and Farahnaz Khalighi-Cigaroudi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:12

    Content type: Research article

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  40. The major damaging factor during and after the ischemic/hypoxic insult is the generation of free radicals, which leads to apoptosis, necrosis and ultimately cell death. Rubia cordifolia (RC), Fagonia cretica l...

    Authors: Avinash K Rawal, Manohar G Muddeshwar and Saibal K Biswas

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:11

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Rates of estrogen-dependent cancers are among the highest in Western countries and lower in the East. These variations may be attributable to differences in dietary exposures such as higher seaweed consumption...

    Authors: Christine F Skibola

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:10

    Content type: Case report

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  42. Although back pain is the most common reason patients use complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies, little is known about the willingness of primary care back pain patients to try these therapies....

    Authors: Karen J Sherman, Daniel C Cherkin, Maureen T Connelly, Janet Erro, Jacqueline B Savetsky, Roger B Davis and David M Eisenberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:9

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Diarrhoea is a major health problem for children worldwide, accounting for 5–8 million deaths each year. Arque-Ajeeb (AA) is a compound formulation of Unani medicine. It is reputed for its beneficial effects in t...

    Authors: Mohd Aleem Khan, Naeem Ahmad Khan, Iqbal Ahmad Qasmi, Ghufran Ahmad and Shadab Zafar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:8

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Previous experiments have shown that a decoction of Bauhinia forficata leaves reduces the changes in carbohydrate and protein metabolism that occur in rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes. In the present inv...

    Authors: Maria Teresa Pepato, Amanda Martins Baviera, Regina Célia Vendramini and Iguatemy Lourenço Brunetti

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:7

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Controlled clinical trials produced contradictory results with respect to a specific analgesic effect of acupuncture. There is a lack of large multi-centre acupuncture trials. The German Acupuncture Trial repr...

    Authors: Konrad Streitberger, Steffen Witte, Ulrich Mansmann, Christine Knauer, Jürgen Krämer, Hanns-Peter Scharf and Norbert Victor

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:6

    Content type: Study protocol

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  46. Practitioners of the alternative medical practice 'external Qigong' generally claim the ability to emit or direct "healing energy" to treat patients. We investigated the ability of experienced Qigong practitio...

    Authors: Garret Yount, Jerry Solfvin, Dan Moore, Marilyn Schlitz, Melissa Reading, Ken Aldape and Yifang Qian

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:5

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Using a rat model we have found that the bioflavonoid silymarin (SY) ameliorates some of the negative consequences of in utero exposure to ethanol (EtOH). In the current study our aim was to determine if spati...

    Authors: Steven Neese, Linda La Grange, Elisharose Trujillo and David Romero

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:4

    Content type: Research article

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