It is important not to be annoyed or dismiss celebrity-recommended remedies, as this can weaken the physician-patient relationship, especially "in cases of strong celebrity adoration."
Holy basil is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers or young children. It should also be used with caution in patients with diabetes.
Patrice Harris, MD, Chair, AMA Board of Trustees, discusses how clinicians can help patients stay on track and keep their New Year's Resolutions.
Although use of dietary supplements is not always recommended, it is best for clinicians to be knowledgeable about the safety and efficacy data surrounding them in order to assist patients who choose to use them.
Areas of potential medical use of THC include the relief of spasticity in neurodegenerative diseases, for pain reduction, and for seizure control.
Only 19% of those who identify themselves as homeopathy users reported seeing a homeopathic practitioner in the preceding year, a new report has revealed.
Often included in probiotic products, L acidophilus has been studied for its possible impact on a multitude of human ailments.
Aside from being rich in antioxidants and medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), coconut oil also possesses some unique constituents that offer insight into the way brain cells function and perform their own self-repair and maintenance.
Today marks the release of the 8th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015-2020). The report is published by the Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Agriculture (USDA), under the advisement of an independent group of experts that make up the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).
To many, marshmallows are white, puffy confections that people enjoy eating and roasting over a campfire and melting into s'mores. The origin of these spongy edibles is Althea officinalis, a plant that has been used in alternative medicine for more than 2,000 years.
A recent study found that an estimated 23,000 annual emergency department visits in the United States were attributable to adverse events related to dietary supplements.
It turns out that pumpkin seeds can act as a potent medicine. Specifically, Cucurbita pepo, a member of the gourd family, has some significant medicinal uses.
An increasingly robust body of research points to the detrimental effect of unhealthy diets and nutrient deficiencies, and to the protective value of healthy diets - along with select nutritional supplements as required - for maintaining and promoting mental health.
Yoga and acupuncture are two modalities commonly used by patients with MS. This article examines the potential benefits and risks of each.
The essential role that Vitamin D (usually defined as 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D) plays in skeletal health is well established. An emerging body of research suggests that Vitamin D may play an important role in other conditions as well, although controversy continues regarding Vitamin D supplementation as a way of addressing or preventing these conditions.