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Natural Cures

Natural Cures

Do You Suffer From The Common Cold, Hair Loss, Erectile Dysfunction, Cancer, Arthritis, Allergies, Diabetes, Depression, High Blood PressureCholesterol, Or Hemorrhoids? With health care on the rise, many people are looking for natural alternatives to the costly medications we currently rely on.

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Glaucoma patients may seek complementary and alternative medicine treatments to replace or supplement their traditional medicine management. In an urban referral glaucoma practice setting, approximately 5 of glaucoma patients reported use of complementary and alternative medicines specifically for glaucoma.66 Numerous nontraditional treatments have been described, including ginkgo biloba, bilberry, taurine, magnesium, and vitamin B12, most of which have putative benefits in glaucoma besides IOP reduction.67 Vitamin C (ascorbate) may lower IOP, probably by an osmotic effect (see chapter 8). Topical application of forskolin may have a transient IOP-reducing effect.67 Available evidence does not support the use of alternative medicines for glaucoma therapy.68,69

Preface To The Series

The business of dietary supplement in the Western World has expanded from the Health Store to the pharmacy. Alternative medicine includes plant based products. Appropriate measures to ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of these either already exist or are being answered by greater legislative control by such bodies as the Food and Drug Administration of the USA and the recently created European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products, based in London. In the USA, the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act of 1994 recognised the class of phytotherapeutic agents derived from medicinal and aromatic plants. Furthermore, under public pressure, the US Congress set up an Office of Alternative Medicine and this office in 1994 assisted the filing of several Investigational New Drug (IND) applications, required for clinical trials of some Chinese herbal preparations. The significance of these applications was that each Chinese preparation involved several plants and yet was...

Definition And Scope Of Practice

Emergence of Behavioral Medicine and Behavioral Health Increased concern with health determinants and illness prevention Increased concern with quality of life issues in health and illness Recognition of role of life styles in health and illness Health care costs Alternative medicine

Significance to humans

They are too small to be utilized as food, although at times their soft fur has been used to make felt in central Asia. Also in central Asia, the soft feces of pikas is put through a distilling process and dried into a product called mumio that can be dissolved in water as a folk remedy to assist with the healing of broken bones or rheumatism. Some of the burrowing pikas are thought to compete with human economic interests and are poisoned. The Afghan pika (Ochotona rufescens) sometimes occupies agricultural areas, eating wheat or other crops and damaging apple, walnut, and other economically important trees. Other species (Pallas's pika O. pal-lasi , Daurian pika O. dauurica , plateau pika O. curzoniae ) are believed to compete with livestock or to damage range lands. As an example of these control efforts, during the past four decades the plateau pika has been poisoned cumulatively over 80,000 sq mi (200,000 sq km) in Qinghai Province, China. Another perspective, however, on...

The Need For Evidencebased Research

Many users of CAM fail to question the potential harm or benefit of such therapies. There is a tendency of laypersons and many alternative medicine practitioners to view anything labeled as alternative, natural, or holistic as safe. This is a false assumption and should not be made regarding any therapy. There is nothing natural about chelating minerals out of or injecting glutathione or acupuncture needles into a person's body. Conventional medicine demands that its prescribed treatments be carefully scrutinized by evidence-based research, mostly in the form of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. These trials scientifically examine both the short and long-term adverse events and potential efficacy of the treatment and also determine detailed guidelines and standards for prescribing a particular therapy. A large discrepancy exists between the popularity of CAM and the concern or interest among its many users and prescribers for good evidence-based research....

Manufacturers Of Herbal Medicines And Natural Supplements In Australia And New Zealand

Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary, 6th edn. Philadelphia Mosby, 2003. Ernst E et al. The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine An Evidence-based Approach. St Louis Mosby, 2001. Fetrow CW, Avila JR. Professionals Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Springhouse Corp, USA, 1999.

Meditate For Somatoform Disorders

Meditation can benefit people who are ill or overwhelmed by stress. It also promotes well-being in healthy people. In general, people who meditate regularly experience less anxiety and depression. They also report more enjoyment and appreciation of life, as well as better social relationships. Meditation produces a state of deep relaxation and a sense of balance, or equanimity. According to Michael J. Baime in Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, meditation allows one to fully experience intense emotions without losing composure. The consequence of emotional balance is greater insight regarding one's thoughts, feelings, and actions. Insight, in turn, promotes confidence and awareness. Meditation also facilitates a greater sense of calmness, empathy, and acceptance of self and others. In 1995, the authors of a report to the National Institutes of Health on complementary or alternative medicine reviewed 30 years of research and reports of individuals and health care...

Alternativecomplimentary Treatment

Alternative medicine has been defined as the use of various treatment modalities that are not usually used in traditional medicine, taught in medical schools, or covered by insurance companies. Terminology, however, is changing and these treatments are being incorporated more and more into traditional therapies and hence the term complimentary medicine is now used more frequently (Complimentary-Alternative Medicine CAM ). In 1991, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the office for Alternative Medicine to address the growing use of these treatments. It has been estimated that two-thirds of the American population has used some form of CAM (59). Of importance, 70 ofthose patients using CAM did not disclose this use to their physician (60). In 1998 the Alternative Medicine office changed its name to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Alternative therapies include things such as imagery, biofeedback, acupuncture, reiki, dietary...


The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is conducting an ongoing series of clinical tests of alternative and complementary treatments for depression. Those that have been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and compare favorably with conventional treatments include acupuncture Ayurvedic medicine meditation and a therapeutic diet designed to be free of caffeine and refined sugar.

Health Care Systems

Several contemporary health reform initiatives have been introduced in North America and elsewhere for the purpose of increasing system effectiveness and efficiency. These initiatives include decentralization, restructuring or reengineering (Health and Welfare Canada, 1993 Joint Task Force, 1993), client patient-centered or consumer-driven care (Lathrop, 1991 Mang, 1995), continuous quality improvement and benchmarking (Helyar, Flett, Hundert, Fallon, Mosher, & Crawford, 1998), holistic care (including alternative medicine) and community-focused rather than bed-based care (Health & Welfare Canada, 1993 Kazarian, McCabe, & Joseph, 1997), and multiculturalization of health care (Masi et al., 1993).

Folk medicine

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Shamans (medicine men or women) in developing countries claim uncountable natural sources for curing myriad maladies and diseases, from common colds to cancers. The efficacy of these curatives is suspect, but ethnobotanists and ethno-biologists often at the behest of pharmaceutical companies travel to the most remote parts of the world in an attempt to assess such sources as well as identify previously unknown natural chemical compounds. For the most part folk remedies are derived from plants. Nevertheless, animal organs, often from endangered taxa, also find their way into folk prescriptions. The properties of snake venom have given it a place in folk remedies as far back as the seventeenth century, but it has been used in serious medical research only since the latter part of the twentieth century. Of the wide array of components (more than 100), a few enzymes have been singled out by molecular biologists as potentially having a great effect on many serious diseases. Research is...


Acupuncture's record of success has been sufficiently impressive to stimulate a number of research projects investigating its mechanisms as well as its efficacy. Research has been funded not only by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), but also by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute of Dental Research, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 1997 a consensus Pelletier, Kenneth R., MD. Acupuncture From the Yellow Emperor to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Chapter 5 in The Best Alternative Medicine. New York Simon and Schuster, 2002. Reid, Daniel P. Chinese Herbal Medicine. Boston, MA National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Clearinghouse. P.O. Box 7923, Gaithersburg, MD 20898. (888) 644-6226. TTY (866) 464-3615. Fax (866) 464-3616. <> . National Center for Complementary and...