- Andrei Gonzales I. added an answer:Are you familiar with the notion of complementary and alternative medicine more than conventional primary care?Conventional medicine prides itself on being science-based, and shuns alternative medicine for being "unproven," however, many of the non-communicable diseases have been taken care of successfully by alternative medicine. Conventional medicine is still behind and it will send your health into a downward spiral.
Thanks Dr. Partha Pratim Dhar, yes I tried to mean that a lot of traditional knowledge are inside of alternative medicine, so they are a lot of applications like Dr Partha mentioned; they are very useful, the problem is that a lot of people dont like this type of medicine because they are not proved scientifically, how ever they are a lot of new publications that are proving this facts, we scientists must try to help in this topics.
I am aware that in many cases the knowledge of alternative medicine have been misrepresented, used only for trade and deceit and also for illegal things. It is a difficult task trying to keep the original knowledge that many cultures that left, most of this knowledge is dying with their carriers ancestors who had 80-100 years old.
At this point I dare say that it is possible to mention that many people when they hear about alternative medicine only comes to their minds facts unconvincing, because the most part of the information is already infected, to the point that people believe in such superstitions.
Another reason why many of knowledge of alternative medicine is not demonstrated is by the difficulty you have when making experiments or controlling the confounding factors in the observations.
Then the task is to separate objectively all knowledge that show significant solutions and their real applications, but often involves taking a multivariate analysis and even a lot of protocols sustain that the essence of the expression of the fact it is on non physical (touchable) variables (subjective) and non counting this facts could affect the experiment (or observation) (For example the problem with the Masaru Emoto experiments ). To the other hand we must to correct the distorted knowledge.
There are already people working on this topic, even objectively trying to improve the reputation of alternative medicine.
A strong example in the application of alternative medicine is the effect of the moon on living organisms through its gravitational field, as this example there are others.Following
- Lala Behari Sukla added an answer:Are there any scientific published data and references regarding Urotherapy?
Urotherapy is an established practice. Urotherapy has been practiced for treating piles, Atheletics foot, prevention from wetting the bed and skin care. The safety of urotherapy has not been established by scientific studies.
The urotherapy can have serious medical consequences if the microorganisms and certain medications are present in the urine. There may be complications with people having urinary tract infections ,transmitted diseases(sexually) or patients taking medications which are excreted to urine. The safety of urotherapy needs to be established for person to person.Following
- J Perriot added an answer:Can anyone tell me how much is the efficacy of alternative medicine treatment modes in tobacco cessation?Alternative medicine like Siddha, Ayurvedha, has treatment modes for tobacco cessation. I am interested to know what is the comparative efficacy with other modes.
I am in complete agreement with Renee BittounFollowing
- Raveendra Nath Yasarapu added an answer:If all Yoga texts show Yoga as a purely mental procedure, how is the american consumer continuously duped into believing it to be a physical exercise?
Yoga, or what passes off as Yoga in the western world, is a $30 billion industry in the United States.. People of all ages contort themselves into positions like 'downward dog' and believe that they are doing Yoga. Due to the limitations and failures of modern allopathic health systems, increasingly people are turning to alternative and complementary eastern health systems in the hope of a cure for their mental and physical ailments. Capitalist tendencies are quick to capitalize on this ignorance/demand and quick to offer a number of services and goods(gadgets) to fool the consumer even further.
All the Yoga texts state that Yoga is a mental process to achieve equanimity, mental poise, stillness of the mind, 'Chitta vriddhi nirodaha'. 'Asana' is mental balance and stability in whatever you do in life, not a physical pose to hold for a convenient time, or at a convenient place(studio). How come its so far away from the truth when it comes to western understanding & practice of Yoga? What has been "Lost in Translation"? If individuals continue to choose the 'juicier' parts of Yoga philosophy(for example the health benefits) and twist it to suit their own convenience in the name of 'freedom' (due to the munificence of the original seers who sought no exclusive rights and patents) and ignore the ethical, spiritual, human, environmental and disciplinary parts, is there a danger of Yoga losing its meaning? By only taking the parts we want, isn't the very purpose of Yoga lost? Why bother calling it Yoga at all and add to the deepening confusion everywhere? Should the charade of the emperor's new clothes continue or an attempt made to define the science for what it actually is?
A facet of the drawbacks faced when the physical part is over-emphasized instead of the spiritual:
- B.R. Rajeswara Rao added an answer:What is the proportional relation between intake of juice and production or frequency of human urine?Juice therapy is effective in curing many gastrointestinal disorders but the body metabolism and functioning certainly gets affected by the same. Hence the question.
Dear Dr. Sudhakar
My personal experience is that while fruit and vegetable juices are nutritious and have beneficial health effects, normal intake of juices with limited water content may not have any significant effect on the quantity or frequency of urine in normal human beings. I do not know whether any of these juices have marked diuretic effects.
On the other hand, consumption of water frequently may increase the frequency of urination and urine output. Therefore, I feel frequent consumption of juices may indirectly influence urine output through their water content. These effects may depend on season also. In rainy season frequent urination even with consumption of small amount of water is not uncommon. Frequent urination is also common in elderly people and diabetics.
- Singh Shivakumar added an answer:Does magnet therapy help in fracture and bone healing?Currently, there are many modalities in the market. Is it true that magnet therapy has no side effect for the consumer?
Dear Panayot Tanchev,
I have placed my article under dataset on our experience with Pulsed Magnetic Field therapy in Chennai , which you could view under my contributions in RG . The references we have cited will be useful to you . Thanks for your interest .
Our experience has revealed that Extremely Low Frequency ( 1 - 10 Hz ) & low amplitude ( 1500 nano Tesla ) along with Sine / Square wave was adequate for eliciting very good biological response in various tissues . This was one of the major contribution of our Institute . This has been our protocol to treat various diseases . There was good therapeutic effects on Osteoarthritis of knee & spine , Polyarthritis ( Rheumatoid & Sero - negative ) , fracture healing , Lepritic & Diabetic ulcers .Following
- Yves Van Assche added an answer:What are antioxidants and what should they really be?Having difficulty understanding why most "antioxidants" are named this way. Most of them are acids and, by definition, an acid is an oxidizer. This looks like a huge contradiction "per se" as they simply convert oxidants to a different one, not neutralizing them.
To my understanding an antioxidant needs to neutralize oxidative stressors completely with no negative side effects.
Well to my knowledge the only "real" antioxidant is hydrogen ... is the only one that when finished it becomes H2O ....
For more info read all the scientific research done in this field...
Symposium Molecular Hydrogen therapy is a nice search....Following
- Sharon Primerano added an answer:Is there a data base of supplements like Boswellia or Curcumin for pain?
I am making a list of supplements that can help for inflammation. There are many different kinds and they are produced differently. I need to find some that are organic and Constantin no dyes, or gluten. I want to learn how these ingredients work. I am trying to find good product to buys and to recommend to my friends. I have an autoimmune disease. Many people find supplements but how do you know they are produced good.?
Thanks for all the answers. I did try just taking standardized to 67% boswellic acid extract tablets 307 mg. 3 times a day to see if it had any effects. The kind I tried did not help.Following
- Han Pengyong added an answer:Can we comprehend the mechanism of action of Traditional chinese medicine with system-system interaction and systems biology?
The body is a complicated system. The hormone have quick effect which just work for a small while and have opposite effect. Traditional chinese medicine(TCM) have a good efftct on this disease, the molecular mechanism is a little hard to comprehend . Maybe the system network biology may solve this .
Thank you for your good suggestions . I think the TCM is a system science field . It work s according to different people according to different atmosphere . The human body is also a complicated system . The personalized medicine backuped by omics data seems to deal with the different situation of genes upregulated and downregulated . Using what drug can balance this abnormal situation seems have long way to go . The network biology does support a better way to explore this at a system level although it seems vague . I think I should learn the network biology by omics data analysis . Thank s again my friends .Following
- Kamakhya Kumar added an answer:What is the Yoga based treatment for having a cough & cold?
The season has came for colds. Several people suffer repeatedly with cough & cold. What may be the treatment in Yoga Therapy?
Thank you friends for showing your interest in this question. There is a number of studies in this area to prove the effect of Yoga on respiratory functioning.
B.P.Desai & M.L.Ghatore (1986) have seen the effect of one attempt and five attempt of Kapalbhati on plasma fibrinogen level in normal subjects and observed that Plasma fibrinogen level was significantly increased after single and five consecutive attempts of Kapalbhati of one minute duration each in normal subjects.
In another study, M. M. Gore, M. L. Ghatore, and M. V. Rajpurkar (1989) observed in the effect of ten minutes Kapalbhati on some physiological functions that the heart rate and Eye movements increase and the finger pulse volume decreases significantly. The respiration rate decreased immediately after Kapalbhati.
J. P. Oak & R. S. Bhogal (1997) states on the basis of their study ‘Treatment of Coxalgia through Yoga’ that practice of Yoga, including Nadi Sodhan having a positive impact in the treatment of a case of coxalgia.
Hereby an article is attached for the further reference.Following
- William Mayor added an answer:Why isn't there more research focused on measuring frequency specifics in the human bio-field?
Yang, Yin, and Qi concepts are simple yet profound explanations of fundamental polarity concepts (+/-) and the resulting magnetic fields that are created when these opposing forces are brought together.
Traditional medical systems had many diverse ways to talk and discuss these phenomena, but had no way to measure the subtle and diverse changes.
Is the lack of research and general inquiry into establishing a dataset on the human bio-field mostly due to poor technological means? Lack of interest?
Are there any researchers currently engaged in these types of measurements?
Many, many thanks Margaret/Following
- Lynn Lafferty added an answer:Is it possible that Natural Growth Promoters can fill the gap of Antibotic growth promoters?
Due to ban in antibiotics, people are now utlising the natural resources to combat virus, mycoplasma and bacteria. Is it possible to utilise natural in place of antibiotics in terms of potency and effectivity.
Garlic and oregano oil work incredibly well for certain types of bacteria. And most of the Natural antibiotics, work well and some are even prebiotics so they help the microbiomeFollowing
- Johannes Fleckenstein added an answer:How could the cupping therapy improve COPD treatment?I am researching about cupping therapy and COPD to acupuncture degree final paper. It seems cupping therapy is becoming unusual, just aesthetic treatment and pain. Any information will be useful.
Cupping is supposed to diminish the muscle tone of extrathoracic muscles and therefore facilitate breathing (e.g. detonisation of myofascial triggerpoints of the pectoralis muscle).
There is no reference directly related to COPD, but at least to the myofascial system (PMID: 25219130).Following
- Max Stanley Chartrand added an answer:Are there any medical professionals in the NY or AZ area that would be willing to help with a study about asthma treatments?
I'm working with a former NY Paramedic who wants to test a supplemental non-pharmaceutical treatment to see if asthma attacks can be reduced in frequency and intensity by adding a treatment in addition to their medication. He has the treatment and medical experience for the project, and I have the project plan and analysis experience. We're looking for a medical provider or two who treats asthma patients who would like to help us co-author this study.
Something we have learned, Peter, is that asthma can be overcome through more indirect means in some individuals if the conditions of health are aligned. You mentioned vitamin therapy with minerals, trace minerals, essential amino acids, etc. and this is precisely the combination of elements that allow the body to produce corrective action. The MItochondria of each cell, for instance, is the true healer of the body if given the right things to do its job. We need a great deal more research to back up and explain these observable phenomena. But there will be no money to be had in doing so, so we can be in for a long wait for the big money to come running to this long standing need. In the meantime, we know healing exists and robust healing can be attained and repeated if we at the clinical level will do it.Following
- Salvatore Chirumbolo added an answer:Why does dilution of homoeopathic medicines enhance their potency? Is this not against scientific phenomena?I have been told by homoeopathic practitioners that dilution and potency of homoeopathic medicines is inversely proportional. This means the higher the dilution the more potent the medicine will be and vice versa. I have doubts which may be due to my bias because personally I did not find any experience of homoeopathic medicine effective.
My Dearest all! Follow my blog on critical comments in homeopathy at
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- Kumara V R Dayananda added an answer:What are the components of Cinnamon ?
Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine, so what are components, types, origins and uses ?
Cinnamon - there are two major varieties of cinnmaon in trade largely it is Cinnamomum aromaticum known as Cassia,and the other is Cinnamomum zeylinicum Ceylon Cinnamon. Bark of the tree is in use as common cinnmaon and the volatile oil contains Cinnamic aldehyde as major compound in both , however Ceylon cinnmaon total flavour is sweet and pungent mixed while cassia is somewhat harsh flavour. In addition to volatile oil poly phenolic subatances procyanadines are responsible for its medicinal aspect. Coumarin is presant in high content in cassia while in Ceylon cinnamon it is present only in trace amounts.
The processing method of the bark is much different for Ceylon Cinnamon where several steps are followed where its true flavour development takes place which makes more precise flavour copmapre to cassia
However in the Ceylon cinnamon leaves where its essential oil composition is differant rich in Eugenol > 75%Following
- Dr. Nizar Matar added an answer:Does anyone have any insight into the intriguing story of DMSO?The story of DMSO always fascinates my scientific quest. The more I search about this ‘persecuted drug’, the more it captivates my attention. I heard that there was lot of controversy about DMSO in late 60s and 70s. Is it an example for the ‘dark side of human nature’? Could someone from that age comment on this? Or what is your view on the whole story?
To anyone who has patience to read 13 pages winword doc. , this is the story of the amazing (?) DMSO :Following
- Rupa Lavanya Kaskurthy added an answer:Is Glucosamine an NSAID?Glucosamine is a chitin-derived mucopolysaccharide and putative disease modifying agent; anti-rheumatic agent.
yes, the NSAID effect of Glucosamine sulfate is there, but it is of other class/chondroprotective when we see it as a NUETRACEUTICAL promotion....But i would like to ask why plain glucosamine sulfate with 1500 mg is not acceptable by the doctors in Grade I osteoarthritis..Following
- Godwin Anywar added an answer:I am looking for plant species used in traditional phytotherapies for Trypanosoma brucei / African Sleeping Sickness. Does anyone have any leads?African Sleeping Sickness (Western) is caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma brucei gambiense and is transmitted by the tsetse fly (genus Glossina). It constitutes 98% of all cases (WHO). African Sleeping Sickness (Eastern) is caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense. I am looking for traditional plant based therapies for this disease.
I recommend Anonna senegalensis, Aflzelia africana and Nicotiana tobaccumFollowing
- Walter E Rudzinski added an answer:Can we produce nanoparticles of organic origin from microalgae?We know that microalgae can produce nanoparticles of inorganic origin e.g. silver and gold nanoparticles. But, can microalgae themselves produce nanoparticles under some specific culture conditions? It could be a revolution in alternative medicine since inorganic nanoparticles are toxic to the body as well.
He is at NCL Pune India.Following
- Barry Turner added an answer:Is research in traditional, alternative & complementary medicine needed?I am looking at the bench marks for T-CAMYes alternative medicine needs thoroughly and objectively researching for two particular reasons. Some of it is pure nonsense and is duping patients into expensive and possibly dangerous behaviour. Some of it is highly effective and works by pharmacological processes just as proprietary manufactured drugs do. Since pharmaceutical products can be dangerous because of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic mechanisms alternative medicines will also carry risks.
All herbal medications for instance should be subjected to the yellow card adverse reaction reporting scheme so that a better database of the nasty side effects and adverse reactions can be properly catalogued. Many of the herbal medications can interfere with the metabolism of proprietary medicines or have serious toxic interactions. Those dispensing herbal medications need better training on pharmacology and human physiology so they can avoid this serious risk.Following
- Chithan C Kandaswami added an answer:Does anyone know why ozone therapy is not approved as a cancer treatment in the USA?I'm working on a book about ozone therapy and would like to hear any opinions on this topic.Thank you very much for the clarification with your reply. Altruism! Big profits!! Yes there is no intellectual property benefit for natural substances. .Following
- Jeffrey D White added an answer:Protocell, alternative treatment for cancer?I have yet to find any substantiated scientific research on this type of treatment. A patient is foregoing conventional treatment and I would like to find some evidence of how this attacks and "lyse" the tumor (this is what advocates state).The only research on the anticancer activity of this product that I know of was done by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) and is summarized in a document produced for NCI's Physician's Data Query (PDQ) program. You can access it at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cancell/HealthProfessionalFollowing
- Michał Sowa added an answer:Does anyone have Solanum nigrum (Black Nightshade)? Dosage forms are required.Does anyone know any dosage form (tablet, syrup, oral drop) which contains solanum nigrum (Black Nightshade) or Solanum dulcamara extract, or their phytochemicals as active ingredients?Sure, some of the products from heel.de:
Try using google translate, and by clicking "Produktinformation" you will get the a composition of their products. I'm not an expert in German, so I guess it would be best to ask them directly for information in English - email@example.comFollowing
- David Spector added an answer:Is colloidal gold the same as monoatomic gold?I was reading up on the significance of the substance, used a lot in the past for medicinal and spiritual purposes. I'm very interested in this substance, I hope someone can tell me more about it.
The obvious answer is that they are very different. In a colloid, there is no requirement that the dispersed gold be in the form of isolated atoms. Colloidal gold is in the form of nanoparticles, each having many atoms of gold (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colloidal_gold).
Note that gold is naturally monoatomic, and does not bind to itself chemically, unlike oxygen, which binds in pairs to achieve energetic stability.Following
- Miranda Yeoh added an answer:Why do some patients refuse to comply with prescribed (western) medication while they are willing to seek treatments?Has anyone carried out any research in this?
Some of my friends go to medical doctors, but they do not seem to have confidence in the medicine/s prescribed. They prefer their traditional herbal (alternative) medication.Dear friends, this link gives info on herbal medicine in my country :)
"The Herbal Medicine Research Centre (HMRC) was established in 2001 to provide scientific evidence for the efficacy and safety of herbal products. Since a variety of plant species has been reported to have medicinal values, it is appropriate that the HMRC be the repository for information on such species in the country."
- Rupa Lavanya Kaskurthy added an answer:"MORINGA is the only perfect food plant on the Globe" Please comment with relevant evidence"Moringa" is an important food source since it can be grown cheaply, has high nutritional value and grows in most tropical countries. Also called as "green super food". Konso people of Ethiopia believe that "There is no life without Moringa"
It is rich in all essential > 90 amino acid constituents, omega oils, proteins, calcium, iron, Vitamin C and E, Beta-carotene and 64 food nutrients thus acting as a rich nutritional supplement and increasing body immunity. It has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, anti-fungal properties thus curing arthritis, cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory disorders, paralysis, etc.
Extensive worldwide research on the plant urges me to study "MORINGA" in-depth for its various applications for human benefit. Do contribute to the study.With a beneficial superfood properties:Following few topics are interesting and clinically proven - Moringa species
The superfood known as Moringa (pods, leaves & leaf powder) is a powerful anti-aging nutrient zeatin & it also has two compounds that prevent cancer and stop tumor growth. A proven tool in the fight against hunger.
Researchers at the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) showed that levels of four Moringa species (oleifera, peregrine, stenopetala and drouhardii) all contained high levels of nutrients and antioxidants.
The leaves have a strong source of vitamin A and, when raw, vitamin C & B vitamins. Calcium content is very high, Phosphorous is low, as it should be. The content of iron is very good (it is reportedly prescribed for anemia in the Philippines). They are an excellent source of protein and a very low source of fat and carbohydrates. Thus the leaves are one of the best plant foods that can be found." Leaves are incomparable as a source of the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine, which are often in short supply. It is called "mother's best friend" and "malunggay.
In a Canadian study, Moringa oleifera (M. oleifera) is an angiosperm plant, native of the Indian subcontinent. It is now cultivated in all tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. It is recommended as medication in the prevention or treatment of diabetes and CVD.
AVRDC says that "For a child aged 1-3, a 100 g (same weight as 1/10 of a liter of water) serving of fresh leaves would provide all his daily requirements of calcium, about 75% of his iron and half his protein needs, as well as important supplies of potassium, B complex vitamins, copper and all the essential amino acids. As little as 20 grams of fresh leaves would provide a child with all the vitamins A and C he needs."
"For pregnant and breast-feeding women, Moringa leaves and pods can do much to preserve the mother's health and pass on strength to the fetus or nursing child. One 100 g portion of leaves could provide a woman with over a third of her daily need of calcium and give her important quantities of iron, protein, copper, sulfur and B-vitamins."
Laboratory of Herbal Medicine and Cancer Research, Israel with fewer than 6% patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas.
Chemotherapy is currently the standard treatment; however, these tumors often develop drug resistance over time. Agents for increasing the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapy or reducing the cancer cells’ chemo-resistance to the drugs are required to improve treatment outcome. Nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB), a pro-inflammatory transcription factor, reportedly plays a significant role in the resistance of pancreatic cancer cells to apoptosis-based chemotherapy. This study investigated the effect of aqueous Moringa Oleifera leaf extract on cultured human pancreatic cancer cells - Panc-1, p34, and COLO 357, and whether it can potentiates the effect of cisplatin chemotherapy on these cells. With a conclusion the leaf extract inhibits the growth of pancreatic cancer cells, the cells NF-κB signaling pathway, and increases the efficacy of chemotherapy in human pancreatic cancer cells.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK study describes that the plant can be used for different properties, mainly as a nutritional supplement and as a water purifier. Its antibacterial activity against different pathogens has been described
Moringa oleifera powder in dried and wet application had the same effect as non-medicated soap when used for hand washing. Efficacious and available hand washing products could be useful in developing countries in controlling pathogenic organisms that are transmitted through contaminated hands.Following
- Nelson Elias added an answer:Do you know the authors of : Advances in Mind-Body Medicine & Imagery (2004)?Need names of authors...Dear Maureen
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- Jecinta Ndiombueze Anowu added an answer:What to order for plant purified compounds for animal and in vitro studies?I am trying to screen ellagic acid, punicalagin and some other purified compounds in animal and in-vitro models. Since I have never ordered these things from company like sigma, I see there are many forms of the same compound available (like from tree bark, technical grade, analytical grade, etc). I wasn't sure what should I order for my assay.Analytical grade will be better since it is the purest; you are sure you are testing that particular compound. From tree bark is from many sources and may contain various impurities. Technical grade is not as pure as analytical grade.Following
- Mahmoud Youssef added an answer:What are regulations associated with medicinal foods?Does anyone know what sort of regulatory pathway is needed for claims around medicinal foods for Canada, USA or Europe?Can see the attached file and this web site