Alternative Medicine

Dietary Supplement Use Examined Among US Children and Adolescents

By June 21, 2018

The authors reviewed 6 recent 2-year cycles (2003-2004 through 2013-2014) of NHANES data and restricted the sample to children and adolescents (aged 0-19 years) who responded to the dietary supplement questionnaire.

Acupuncture does not improve the rate of live births among in vitro fertilization

May 16, 2018

In this randomized controlled trial, administration of acupuncture at the time of ovarian stimulation and embryo transfer did not improve the rate of live births.

Acupuncture Doesn't Up Live Birth Rate for Women Having IVF

May 16, 2018

The researchers found that live births occurred in 18.3 and 17.8% of women receiving acupuncture and sham control, respectively (risk difference, 0.5% [95% confidence interval, −4.9 to 5.8%]; relative risk, 1.02 [95% confidence interval, 0.76 to 1.38]).

Crowdfunding Exaggerates Efficacy of Unproven Stem Cell Tx

May 09, 2018

Of the 408 campaigns, 43.6, 30.4, and 15.4% made statements that were definitive or certain about the intervention's efficacy, made statements that were optimistic or hopeful about efficacy, and made statements of both kinds, respectively; 10.5% did not make efficacy claims.

Yoga, Mindfulness Aid Anxiety in Elementary School Children

April 16, 2018

Improvements in emotional, psychosocial quality of life seen with eight-week classroom intervention

FDA Issues Mandatory Recall of Food Products Containing Powdered Kratom

By April 03, 2018

The recall is due to samples of the product testing positive for Salmonella.

Acupuncture for Treating Pain: Should It Be Recommended?

March 12, 2018

The reasons for and against recommending acupuncture for treating pain are discussed in a head-to-head article.

Multistate <i>Salmonella</i> Outbreak Linked to Controversial Supplement

By February 21, 2018

A total of 28 people from 20 states have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella.

Treatment With Homemade Enema Leads to Colitis in Two Children

By February 14, 2018

A national survey showed that only about 7% of consumers read warning labeling on over-the-counter products.

FDA Analysis Shows Kratom Not "Just a Plant"

By February 07, 2018

Kratom should not be used to treat medical conditions, nor should it be used as an alternative to prescription opioids.

Herb-Drug Interactions Can Lead to Severe Adverse Reactions

By January 24, 2018

For this review, researchers performed an extensive literature search for studies and cases where an adverse drug reaction occurred likely due to an interaction between an herbal and a prescribed medicine.

Heat Not Needed for Bikram Yoga to Confer Vascular Benefits

January 23, 2018

In both yoga groups there was an increase in brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (P<0.05). In the time-control group there were no significant changes in any outcome variables.

FDA: New Risk-Based Approach to Regulate Homeopathic Products

By December 18, 2017

FDA is proposing a new, risk-based enforcement approach to homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential to cause risk to patients.

FDA Cracks Down on Companies Selling Street Drug Alternatives

By December 12, 2017

The warning letter explains how the claims made in the promotional materials for Legal Lean Syrup and Coco Loko demonstrate that the products are intended to be used as alternatives to illicit street drugs and that the products, as labeled and marketed, may pose safety concerns.

Acupuncture May Relieve Aromatase Inhibitor-Linked Joint Pain

December 08, 2017

The researchers found that the 6-week mean BPI worst pain scores were 0.92 points lower in the true acupuncture versus sham acupuncture arm, and 0.96 points lower in the true acupuncture versus waitlist control arm.

Concerns About Kratom Prompt Statement from FDA Commissioner

By November 14, 2017

Kratom is plant that grows naturally in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has gained popularity in the U.S., with some marketers touting it as a "safe" treatment with broad healing properties.

Intrahepatic Cholestasis Following Regular Consumption of Herbal Tea

By October 17, 2017

The case involved a 30-year-old female with a history of anxiety and migraine who presented with complaints of malaise, right upper quadrant pain, worsening jaundice, dark colored urine, and itching; these symptoms had been going on for a few weeks.

Daily Consumption of 'Cancer Preventative' Leads to Cyanide Poisoning

By September 13, 2017

The patient admitted to taking 2 teaspoons of self-prepared apricot kernel extract along with 3 tablets of Novodalin, an herbal fruit kernel supplement, every day for the past 5 years.

Pediatricians Can Bridge Knowledge Gap in CAM Use for Children

August 30, 2017

"Pediatricians should seek continued and updated knowledge about therapeutic options available to their patients (whether they are mainstream or complementary) and about the specific services used by individual patients to promote discussion about the safety, appropriateness, and advisability of complementary therapies," write the authors.

FDA: Herbal Remedy Linked to High Lead Levels, Developmental Delay in Child

By August 07, 2017

The risk of lead poisoning was initially communicated by the North Carolina Division of Public Health who tested the product and found high levels of lead.

FDA: Severe Hypersensitivity, Death Following Curcumin Injection

By August 04, 2017

In March and May 2017, two patients given intravenous (IV) infusions of curcumin emulsion compounded with polyethylene glycol (PEG) 40 castor oil reported having immediate hypersensitivity reactions.

CAM Use Among Migraine/Headache Sufferers Investigated

By August 02, 2017

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) specifically for the treatment of migraine and headache is "relatively low" in the U.S.

Acupuncture Examined in Incontinence, Infertility

June 28, 2017

"The use of acupuncture with or without clomiphene, compared with control acupuncture and placebo, did not increase live births," the authors write.

Yoga Found to Alter Gene Expression for the Better

June 20, 2017

The researchers suggest MBI practices may lead to a reduced risk of inflammation-related diseases.

Could Acupuncture Be an Effective Alternative to Pain Meds in the ER?

June 20, 2017

The study - billed as the world's largest randomized, controlled trial of acupuncture in the emergency department - included 528 patients.

Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine Examined for CVD Prevention

June 13, 2017

For patients who can't tolerate or afford hypertension medications, the research suggested some herbal alternatives: tiankuijiangya, zhongfujiangya, jiangyabao, and jiangya.

Music Therapy Relieves Post-Op Pain in Spinal Surgery Patients

April 10, 2017

Researchers provided 30 patients who'd had spinal fusion surgery with a 30-minute music therapy session within 72 hours of their operation, while another group received only standard care after their procedure.

Heart Failure Patients Benefit from Omega-3 Supplementation

March 14, 2017

And supplements still deemed useful for patients who have had a recent myocardial infarction

Massage Improves Pain, Lymphedema in Female CA Patients

March 10, 2017

The researchers found that all participants reported a positive experience with aromatherapy massage.

Holy Basil: Health Benefits of 'The Elixir of Life'

February 22, 2017

Holy basil is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers or young children. It should also be used with caution in patients with diabetes.