Alternative Medicine

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.

Controversial Kratom Growing in Popularity

January 31, 2017

Due to a huge public response, the DEA retracted its notice of intent to classify kratom as a schedule I drug, pending further review.

Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain: Is it Effective?

By January 12, 2017

Findings from a systematic review showed low- to moderate-certainty evidence that yoga vs. non-exercise controls resulted in small to moderate improvements in back-related function at Months 3 and 6.

Varying Levels of Belladonna Extract Prompt Recall of Homeopathic Products

By November 28, 2016

Raritan Pharmaceuticals announced a voluntary recall of several homeopathic products due to the potential for variation in the content of belladonna extract.

Yoga May Be a Safe Adjunctive Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

November 23, 2016

Significantly decreased bowel symptoms, disease severity, anxiety versus conventional treatment

FDA: Stop Using Homeopathic Teething Tablets, Gels

By October 03, 2016

After the FDA's safety alert regarding homeopathic teething tablets in 2010, the Agency has been evaluating reported adverse events related to use of these products such as seizures.

Can Daily Probiotics Reduce Antibiotic Use in Asthma Patients?

September 16, 2016

Advice to take probiotics has no effect for patients with asthma in U.K. primary care setting

Can Cinnamon Supplements Help with Glycemic Control in T2DM?

By September 13, 2016

A literature search identified 11 randomized controlled trials.

Popular Alternative Therapies Effective for Certain Pain Conditions

By September 01, 2016

The pain conditions included back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, severe headaches and migraine.

Constipation and CAM: Why Patients Seek Alternatives

By August 18, 2016

Patients with less severe constipation were more likely to report satisfaction with complementary and alternative treatments.

Is This Old Therapy Worth Its Weight in Gold?

August 16, 2016

There are significant side effects associated with long-term use.

Aquatic Ai Chi Program May Benefit in Fibromyalgia

August 11, 2016

Improvements in almost all variables under study, including pain perception, vitality, mental health

A Different Kind of 'Ring' Spotted at the Olympics

By August 08, 2016

The Olympic games have brought the traditional Chinese medicine therapy of cupping into the spotlight.