Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine

  • 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.?

    Sharon Primerano · University of Phoenix

    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.

  • 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 .

    Han Pengyong · Inner Mongolia University

    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 .

  • Amy Crittenden added an answer:
    If all Yoga texts show that Yoga is a purely mental procedure, how come the american consumer is 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?

    Amy Crittenden · Guilford Technical Community College

    Well, Raveendra brings up a good point.  If there is no spiritual aspect to what you are doing, then it is not religion and has no First Amendment protections and does not qualify for a tax exemption.  The purveyors of a yoga form that is strictly about the exercise doesn't qualify, even if they claim to include meditation . . . because meditation by itself is not religion (it is a tool used by religions, which is not the same thing).

  • 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?

    Kamakhya Kumar · Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya

    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.

  • 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/

  • 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.

    Lynn Lafferty · Nova Southeastern University

    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 microbiome

  • 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.
    Johannes Fleckenstein · Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

    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).

  • 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.  

    Max Stanley Chartrand · Northcentral University

    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.

  • 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.
    Salvatore Chirumbolo · University of Verona

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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 ?

    Kumara V R Dayananda · Industrial Technology Institute

    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%

  • Dr J-F . 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.
    Dr J-F . · University of Tasmania

    You will also need to clearly articulate "efficacy" in cessation - for this will further be a confound. Does quit imply - never to smoke again after being a "hard-core" smoker or does it imply to cease to do so relative to time. As mentioned above - treatment in terms of a medical paradigm in terms of medical treatment  - should not be mistaken for other modes of treatment - as alternative treatment are not conceptualized within the same paradigm as what constitute medical treatment or a behavioural intervention - needles and smoking in terms of what it does to chemistry of the brain - are two different arguments -

  • 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?
    Dr. Nizar Matar · An-Najah National University

    To anyone who has patience to read 13 pages winword doc. , this is the story of the amazing (?) DMSO :

  • Rupa Lavanya Kaskurthy added an answer:
    Is Glucosamine an NSAID?
    Glucosamine is a chitin-derived mucopolysaccharide and putative disease modifying agent; anti-rheumatic agent.
    Rupa Lavanya Kaskurthy · BioPlus Life Science

    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.. 

  • 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.
    Godwin Anywar · Makerere University

    I recommend Anonna senegalensis, Aflzelia africana and Nicotiana tobaccum

  • 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.
    Walter E Rudzinski · Texas State University

    He is at NCL Pune India.

  • Barry Turner added an answer:
    Is research in traditional, alternative & complementary medicine needed?
    I am looking at the bench marks for T-CAM
    Barry Turner · University of Lincoln
    Yes 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.
  • 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.
    Chithan C Kandaswami · University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
    Thank you very much for the clarification with your reply. Altruism! Big profits!! Yes there is no intellectual property benefit for natural substances. .
  • 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).
    Jeffrey D White · National Cancer Institute (USA)
    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/HealthProfessional
  • 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?
    Michał Sowa · Bayer
    Sure, some of the products from heel.de:

    http://www.heel.de/Heel-de-F-d-M-Zeel-Creme.html
    http://www.heel.de/Heel-de-F-d-M-Rhododendroneel-Tropfen.html
    http://www.heel.de/Heel-de-Komp-LK-HM-Lithiumbenzoat.html
    http://www.heel.de/Heel-de-Komp-LK-HM-aus-Siambenzoe-sublimierte-Benzoesaeure.html

    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 - info@heel.de
  • 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.
    David Spector · Natural Stress Relief, Inc.

    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.

  • Tim Noonan 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.
    Tim Noonan · STAT Medical Transport
    "Eg desferrioxamine has been around for about 48 years as an iron chelator, I would consider that safe and effective (not withstanding, as with all drugs there can be side effects)."

    That is not evidence of safety or efficacy.

    Please provide some valid evidence.

    The macrolide antibiotics have been around for decades, which would be evidence of safety and efficacy according to your earlier mentioned standard.

    I have been critical of the rampant use of antibiotics, but they remain popular. The side effects are not really new.

    This is why we need to have high standards for evidence. Too many treatments are used without good evidence that the treatment is better than a similar drug with a better safety profile.

    Again, we need to raise our standards, not lower them.

    "I could go on, but I think it is incumbent upon all of us to be open minded and not follow slavishly."

    Why should we open our minds - if that means endangering our patients with treatments that are not safe and do not work?

    "We need to use what works, and saying a treatment does not work because it is a CAM is not an accurate statement."

    Here is what I wrote. If you want to quote me, go ahead, but do not make up statements that I did not make.

    "I include everything that does not have evidence of safety and efficacy - efficacy of improved outcomes that matter, not just surrogate endpoint outcomes.

    I hold alternative medicine to the same standard, but there does not appear to be anything of benefit to patients from alternative medicine."

    CAM is not useless because it is CAM, it is useless because there is no evidence that it works. Provide valid evidence and I will change my mind about any particular treatment that has valid evidence that it improves outcomes.

    If we cannot have an honest discussion among ourselves, how can our patients expect us to be honest with them?

    :-)
  • 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.
    Miranda Yeoh · Kolej Matrikulasi Selangor, MALAYSIA (Selangor Matriculation College)
    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."
    Good reading.
  • 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.
    Rupa Lavanya Kaskurthy · BioPlus Life Science
    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.
  • Nelson Elias added an answer:
    Do you know the authors of : Advances in Mind-Body Medicine & Imagery (2004)?
    Need names of authors...
    Nelson Elias · Rio de Janeiro State University
    Dear Maureen
    It was a pleasure
    Regards
  • 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.
    Jecinta Ndiombueze Anowu · Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi
    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.
  • 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?
    Mahmoud Youssef · Al-Azhar University
    Can see the attached file and this web site
    http://www.ift.org/Knowledge-Center/Focus-Areas/Food-Health-and-Nutrition/Medical-Foods/Medical-Foods-Policy-and-Regulatory-Developments.aspx
  • Mahesh Kumar added an answer:
    Is there any unpublished or ongoing study on effective medicinal plants for arthritis treatment?
    Our current study is about traditional herbal medicine on this topic and we encourage your experience and cooperation in this study.
  • Nelson Elias added an answer:
    Does tapping work for insomnia?
    Tapping is an alternative healing method, similar to acupuncture and some studies show that it might help. No randomized studies, please!
    Nelson Elias · Rio de Janeiro State University
    Dear Imran

    Linda Ledwidgec-
    email: linda@lindaledwidge.com
    Holistic Health Practitioner

    Qualifications
    Qualified General Nurse
    Qualified Midwife
    Naturopath
    FasterEFT Certified Advanced Practitioner (Level IV)
    Quantum Touch Healing Therapist
    Certified Hypnotist

    So why does tapping work?
    Our body is an amazing machine, it is constantly regenerating, self-healing, self medicating and working to ensure the continual flow of blood and oxygen to all the organs and to maintain a balance of all the hormones and chemicals produced within.
    Our body does this naturally............until we get in the way.
    Are you aware that at least 95% of all illness and disease is caused by......
    OUR PERCEPTION OF STRESS...
    Stress is a natural reaction to challenges and anything that makes us feel unsafe. Stress occurs when your mind believes that you are in some kind of danger – whether emotional or physical.
    Your body pumps adrenaline into your system to give you a boost.
    This is called the “fight or flight” response
    The ideal scenario is that only life threatening situations trigger the stress response in our body which allows us to act quickly with less thought and faster reflexes.
    In our society the stress response is often triggered by a ringing phone, a deadline, a boss, a family member, watching television or any number of other non-life-threatening situations.
    The long-term effects of continual stress are dangerous – even deadly – to our health and happiness, and, as you can see, stress is everywhere.
    Some common effects of excessive stress:
    Insomnia , Tension and anxiety etc.
  • Nelson Elias added an answer:
    Does anyone know about some literature looking at tapping or EFT as treatment of insomnia?
    Thanks in advance.
    Nelson Elias · Rio de Janeiro State University
    Dear Imran
    I hope these articles may be useful for you

    Med J Aust. 2013 Oct 21;199(8):S36-40.
    Insomnia: prevalence, consequences and effective treatment.
    Cunnington D1, Junge MF, Fernando AT.


    Effect of the emotional freedom technique on perceived stress, quality of life, and cortisol salivary levels in tension-type headache sufferers: a randomized controlled trial.
    Bougea AM, Spandideas N, Alexopoulos EC, Thomaides T, Chrousos GP, Darviri C.
    Explore (NY). 2013 Mar-Apr;9(2):91-9.

    The effect of emotional freedom techniques on stress biochemistry: a randomized controlled trial.
    Church D, Yount G, Brooks AJ.
    J Nerv Ment Dis. 2012 Oct;200(10):891-6

    PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e57394.
    Susceptibility to declarative memory interference is pronounced in primary insomnia.
    Griessenberger H1, Heib DP, Lechinger J, Luketina N, Petzka M, Moeckel T, Hoedlmoser K, Schabus M
  • Heinz Spranger added an answer:
    I need information / status of "Medicinal plants found in China and Japan" Can you enlighten me in this regard?
    Numerous plants in Asia have high medicinal properties and thus used for healing many diseases. I am doing research on plants found in India but I have less references related to plants in China and Japan.

    To read about Indian medicinal plants you can go through my presentation on the same topic posted in publications.
    Heinz Spranger · Interuniversitäres Kolleg für Gesundheit und Entwicklung
    Dear Doctor Sudhakar Kokate,
    We work for alternative medicine, phytotherapy. Our task is to make recommendations for the cultivation of medicinal plants . We share our information in their own evidence groups. We have taken our cue from " Effectiviness and efficiency" of Cochrane A (1972). Our list includes the following plants as to typical from China and Japon:
    Gynostemma pentaphyllum - Refreshment,
    Inula helenium - bitters antispasmodic joint pain,
    Arnica montana – rheumatics and skin disease
    Valeriana officinalis - calming,
    Ocimum basilicum - Intestinal discomfort,
    Artemisia vulgaris - Intestinal discomfort,
    Angelica archangelica - Bitter substances digestion,
    Foeniculum vulgare dulce - cough,
    Hypericum perforatum - wounds,
    Matricaria recutita - skin irritation,
    Anthriscus cerefolium - diuresis ,
    Allium sativum - vascular effect ,
    Allaria petiolata - inflammation,
    Coriandrum sativum - digestion,
    Lavandula angustifolia - calming ,
    Cochlearia officinalis - vitamin deficiency,
    Perilla frutescens - mucosus ,
    Sanguisorba minor - vitamin deficiency,
    Calendula officinalis - wound healing,
    Salvia officinalis - sore throat,
    Allium tuberosum - digestion,
    Hyssopus officinalis - cough,
    Cymbopogon citratus - headache,
    Melissa officinalis - Woman suffering.
    I believe and hope that this representation can find your interest.

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