Get updated about all the facts, fallacies and researches being made in the World of Alternative Medicine. Though about 80% of treatments or claims are basically either placebo or fake, there are some that do have proper researches and clinical trials that back their capabilities.
Cinnamon, an ancient spice obtained from the inner bark of trees belonging to the genus Cinnamomum, has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. In recent years, scientific studies have increasingly supported the health benefits of cinnamon, particularly its potential to combat flu infections.
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The distinct smell and flavo...
Star Anise - H5N1 Avian Flu Mar 20, 2023 2 months ago
Star Anise is the seed pod of the fruit of the Illicium verum plant. It is a star-shaped, dark-brown spice that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Its unique flavor, often described as sweet and licorice-like, is a key ingredient in several recipes and is also used a key ingredient in the Chinese five-spice powder and the popular Vietnamese soup, phở. However, this a...
Herbal Medicine - Green Tea - EGCG Dec 02, 2022 6 months ago
Herbal Medicine: There is a common fallacy that herbs and traditional medicine involving only plants and phytochemicals are basically harmless and safe and hence one should not worry about consuming them. In reality, many herbs and phytochemicals if used wrongly can actually not only exacerbate conditions that they are used to treat but also give rise to other medical conditions and in some cases ...
Source: Phytochemical News Oct 12, 2021 2 years ago
A new study by researchers from Penn State College of Medicine has found that the phytochemical cum antioxidant found in most common edible mushrooms ie Ergothioneine, lowers the risk for depression.
The consumption of mushrooms has been making headlines due to their many health advantages including lowering one's risk of cancer and premature death, but this new study findings now reve...
Source: Skin Inflammation Jul 02, 2020 3 years ago
Skin Inflammation: Researchers from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have demonstrated in animal models using mice that diets rich in black raspberries can reduce inflammation associated with skin allergies.
The research findings were published in the journal: Nutrients https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/6/1701
The study showed that black raspberries reduced inf...
Yoga: The first study on yoga in the world conducted in collaboration with the Federal University of Santa Maria, University Of New South Wales-Sydney, Kings College London, University Of South Australia and Western Sydney University found that movement-based yoga improves the mental health of individuals living with a range of mental disorders, with the benefits being incremen...
Source: Thailand Medical News Dec 07, 2019 4 years ago
Researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have demonstrated in a new study that after receiving acupuncture treatment three days a week during the course of radiation treatment, head and neck cancer patients experienced less dry mouth or xerostomia conditions.
The clinical trial results, published in JAMA Network Open, is the first randomized, placebo-controlled, P...
The World Cancer Research Fund reports that 30 to 50 percent of cancer cases are preventable, and it is important to focus on stopping cancer from developing in the first place. Many natural foods contain a variety of antioxidants and phytochemicals that possess the capability of preventing cancer from developing coupled with a proper lifestyle.
Xiang-Dong Wang, a senior scientist and associate...
Source: Thailand Medical News Feb 03, 2019 4 years ago
Fenugreek is an herb in the same family as soy. People use its fresh and dried seeds, leaves, twigs, and roots as a spice, flavoring agent, and supplement. While more research is necessary, some studies show that fenugreek may have varied health benefits.
Fenugreek may be able to help reduce the risk of:
Source: University of Michigan Jan 20, 2019 4 years ago
A new study finds acupressure could be a low-cost, at-home solution to a suite of persistent side effects that linger after breast cancer treatment ends.
Researchers from the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center reported in 2016 that acupressure helped reduce fatigue in breast cancer survivors.
In the new study, they looked at the impact of acupressure on symptoms that frequently accompan...
Source: University Of South Australia Jan 01, 2019 4 years ago
One of the biggest health issues could be checked if more people took up yoga or tai chi and reduced their blood pressure, an Australian study has found.
Stroke costs the world $120 billion a year through treatment and loss of productivity, affecting 2.6 million people in 2017.
A paper published in Future Neurology by researchers from Monash University, the University of South ...
Source: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Nov 06, 2018 5 years ago
New research identifies potential therapeutic intervention for memory impairment, neuroinflammation, and brain insulin resistance induced by high-fat, high-fructose diet
A study published online in The FASEB Journal, involving mice, suggests that EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant catechin and biologically active component in green tea, could alleviate high-fa...
Source : University of California Oct 29, 2018 5 years ago
Researchers in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine have discovered the molecular basis for a therapeutic action of an ancient herbal medicine used across Africa to treat various illnesses, including epilepsy.
The herbal medicine, a leaf extract from the shrub Mallotus oppositifolius, was previously...
Source: University of Exeter Aug 28, 2018 5 years ago
I have made my views on homeopathy clear on many occasions — actually, I don’t see them as ‘views’ but as evidence-based statements. But this has never stopped the homeopathy brigade vehemently disagreeing with me. Not only that, they also claim that I cannot be trusted because I am biased, corrupt, incompetent and dishonest.
Professor Edzard Ernst
Source: Technical University of Denmark Aug 08, 2018 5 years ago
For decades, researchers have been finding ways to fight disease-causing bacteria in food production without the use of antibiotics. This is because bacteria continuously become resistant to antibiotics due to repeated and improper use.
In a study published in the journal PLOS One, researchers at the National Food Institute of the Technical University of Denmark ha...
Source: Universiti Putra Malaysia Jul 25, 2018 5 years ago
Over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen can damage the liver and cause serious health problems. A new study by Malaysian researchers suggested that compounds from a common fern can protect the liver from toxic acetaminophen.
Every day, the liver gets exposed to various substances, many of them toxic. It normally detoxifies and expels those toxic chemicals, but...
Source: University of Colorado School of Medicine Jul 24, 2018 5 years ago
High-concentration peroxide, sometimes promoted in alternative medicine circles for cleanses or as a so-called "natural cure," can lead to numerous life-threatening ailments and death itself, according to a paper published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Outcomes Following High Concentration Peroxide Ingestions").
Source: Hunan Agricultural University Jul 23, 2018 5 years ago
The medicinal mushroom known as “Reishi ” in Japan was the subject of a recent Chinese study on alternative treatments for recurrent oral ulceration (ROU). The results showed that freeze-dried reishi mushroom powder provided effective treatment for the most prevalent mouth ulcer disease in the world.
ROU is considered an autoimmune disease. It is a frequent complication fo...
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association Jul 22, 2018 5 years ago
A new study suggests acupuncture could be effective
About half of women ages 40 to 60 experience bladder leaks, or urinary incontinence, according to the American College of Physicians. And a condition called stress incontinence—leaking urine when you cough, sneeze, exercise, or laugh—is one of the most common types.
Treatments, which often include drugs and surgery, can be ...