Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine

  • Steingrimur Stefansson 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.
    Steingrimur Stefansson · HeMemics Biotechnologies Inc.

    Hi Prem I might be surprised and impressed if you could spell my name correctly.

    Extra credits: Use Icelandic characters.

  • 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?

    Raveendra Nath Yasarapu · Technische Universität München

    A new study examining the practice of Yoga in the USA:

  • Does anybody know of any pulse measurement data sets for TCM?


    I am looking for data sets generated by pulse measuring devices that are suitable for TCM diagnosis. Does anyone know of any such data available online or of any hospital / practitioner that could provide such data?

    Thank you.

    Gandhidas Sonajirao Lavekar · Central Council for Research in Ayurveda & Siddha

    Yes, it will be my pleasure.

  • 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

    What is the best way to buy Pukatea is it a oil or power?

  • Avni Sali added an answer:
    Can anyone provide articles on guided imagery effectiveness in surgical outcomes?

    I am interested in knowing the effect of guided imagery on surgical outcomes. Kindly share articles on this topic

    Avni Sali · National Institute of Integrative Medicine

    This article could be of benefit ,it is available as full paper on internet

    Guided imagery in Cardiac Surgery ;Outcomes Management ,2002,vol 6,No 3,P 132-137

  • Max Stanley Chartrand 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.
    Max Stanley Chartrand · DigiCare Behavioral Research

    Miranda, I'm glad you brought up traction, as it is one of the most misunderstood tools in spinal adjustment. If the disc is slipped or herniated or in any way torn the last thing one needs is traction, yet we see that terribly debilitating procedure done by other clinics and almost always results in even more debilitating back surgeries. Traction when needed should always be gentle, coaxing, and never bullying. Focus on decompression is as much muscular as it is spinal. We have seen so much unnecessary suffering from overly aggressive decompression techniques.  

  • B.R. Rajeswara Rao added an answer:
    Is research in traditional, alternative & complementary medicine needed?
    I am looking at the bench marks for T-CAM
    B.R. Rajeswara Rao · Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

    Ms. Amina Ather 

    Research is a continuous activity both in traditional and conventional medicine and in all other fields of science and technology. Though India is known for centuries for its traditional therapies and traditional medicines, several Universities and Institutes are actively engaged in R&D on CAM. Indian government established separate councils for different traditional systems of medicine and each council has research institutes actively researching on the therapies and medicines in their respective systems. WHO has several publications on CAM and recognized the importance of CAM for the health security of human beings. CAM is becoming popular in the west also.

    Interesting question and equally fascinating discussions.

  • 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.
    Andrei Gonzales I. · Universidad Mayor de San Andres

    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.

  • 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.

    Lala Behari Sukla · Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi

    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.

  • 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.
    J Perriot · Conseil Départemental du puy de Dôme

    I am in complete agreement with Renee Bittoun

  • 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.
    B.R. Rajeswara Rao · Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

    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.

    Best wishes.

  • 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?
    Singh Shivakumar · Stanley Medical College

    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 .

  • 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.
    Yves Van Assche · TEW - First Hydrogen treatment center

    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.... 

  • 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 .

  • 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 · DigiCare Behavioral Research

    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.

  • 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?
    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.

  • 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:
  • 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

    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 -
  • 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

    Note that gold is naturally monoatomic, and does not bind to itself chemically, unlike oxygen, which binds in pairs to achieve energetic stability.

  • 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

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