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38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
An estimated 38 percent of U.S. adults and 12 percent of children use some type of complementary and alternative medicine, a new U.S. government survey finds. Complementary and alternative medicine -- sometimes called CAM -- is an umbrella term for a collection of wide-ranging medical and health care systems, practices and products that aren t generally considered conventional medicine. It includes herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic treatment and ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
A leading organization of gastroenterologists has released new guidelines on the management of irritable bowel syndrome IBS . The guidelines, issued by the American College of Gastroenterology and published in the January issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology , essentially replace a 2002 document. The world of IBS is changing quickly because of more therapies and an increased awareness. It is considered a real disease, said Dr. Lawrence Brandt, ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
When used to treat pain, acupuncture offers only limited relief that may not be clinically relevant. So say Danish researchers who examined data from 13 acupuncture pain studies that included more than 3,000 patients. The studies compared real acupuncture, placebo acupuncture and no acupuncture for a wide range of painful conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, migraine, low back pain and postoperative pain. Compared to placebo acupuncture, real acupunctur ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Travel Safety Can Be a Passport to Good Health
Staying healthy while on a trip is as important as packing the right clothes. Just because it says resort or five-star hotel doesn t mean it s safe, Laura Gonzalez, a nurse with The Loyola University Health System International Medicine and Travelers Immunization Clinic, said in a news release issued by the school. You still need to watch what you eat, protect against insect bites and don t go out at night alone. The clinic offers these tips to help all tr ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
After surgery for a ruptured disk two years ago, Nelly s legs remained extremely weak. She could barely move, became lethargic and lost her appetite. Things were looking grim, but then a concerned friend took the 10-year-old to an acupuncturist, who treated her three times in half-hour sessions. Almost immediately after the first treatment, Nelly s energy went from zero to 100, recalled that friend, Annie Washburn, who works as a community organizer in New ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
Certain traditional Chinese medicine, including tea and acupuncture, may safely and effectively help treat chronic eczema, a new report finds. Use of Erka Shizheng Herbal Tea, a bath additive, creams and acupuncture over eight months greatly reduced the severity of the itchy, red skin condition and improved the quality of life of 14 atopic dermatitis eczema patients studied by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The patients received the ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Acupuncture appears ineffective in treating menopause-related hot flashes, according to researchers who reviewed six randomized controlled studies that compared the effects of real acupuncture and sham acupuncture. Only one of the studies found that acupuncture helped reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes at four weeks follow-up after treatment. The number of good randomized controlled trials is too small to draw any firm conclusion about whethe ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Acupressure wristbands might help cancer patients experience almost a 25 percent less nausea during radiation treatments, a new study says. The finding, published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management , also discounted the common belief that such non-Western medical treatments act more as a placebo than an actual pain reliever. We know the placebo effect exists the problem is that we don t know how to measure it very well, corresponding author Jose ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
About 25 percent of practicing clinicians in the United States aren t aware of two major federal government-funded clinical trials of complementary and alternative CAM therapies, a new survey has found. The survey, which included 1,561 acupuncturists, naturopaths, internists and rheumatologists, also found that many clinicians aren t fully confident in their ability to interpret research results. CAM therapies are widely used in the United States, but it s ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
Acupuncture reduces severe dry mouth xerostomia among patients receiving radiation for head and neck cancer, a small pilot study suggests. The quality of life in patients with radiation-induced xerostomia is profoundly impaired, study senior author Mark S. Chambers, a professor in the dental oncology department at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, said in a news release from the center. Symptoms can include altered taste acuity, dental d ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Relieve Heartburn In Pregnancy
Acupuncture relieves the indigestion and heartburn that bother many women as their pregnancy progresses, a new Brazilian study shows. Indigestion is common during pregnancy, with up to 80 percent of moms-to-be suffering heartburn, stomach pain or discomfort, reflux, belching and bloating. Symptoms tend to worsen over time, and women who avoid taking medicine for fear of harming the developing fetus might welcome an alternative treatment. Although small, th ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Acupuncture and exercise may bring some relief to the one in 10 women of childbearing age who suffer from a common endocrine disease called polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS . Women with the condition have elevated levels of androgen hormones -- including testosterone -- and often develop ovarian cysts, irregular menstrual cycles and infertility. A key feature of the disease is an increase in the high muscle sympathetic nerve activity. This regular constric ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17