Questions related to Complementary & Alternative Medicine
There are many energy based modes of therapies that exist globally and cater to many illness. It would be great to know about them in order to explore avenues where they can be used for treating medical ailmnts. .
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.
Hi,I have done some post doc research on an instrument I developed for my PhD. The research has not been published and is now really old as it was done in 2006. I had submitted it to Psychology and Health, Patient Education and Counselling, BMC Health Services Research and Complementary and Alternative Medicine, but it's been always rejected so far. The feedback made it stronger though - I still believe the data works out rather well (i.e. in line with the model) and the conclusions are ok, but probably more of interest to a particular niche group of people in my field.
Would you recommend I give up on the idea of publishing it in a peer reviewed journal or just keep going? I put the article on my page for public review - let me know if you think it is worthwhile to keep pushing. If you think there is value, which journal do you think would take it and not charge me any money for processing it? Thank you for your time!
It would be a small-scale pilot study using myself as the provider and volunteers as clients. I'm fascinated by reflexology and it's charted indications of active health conditions in clients upon subjective palpation review. I believe the mechanisms of reflexology are similar to that of acupuncture. I'd like to research even elementary connections between the two disciplines. Any constructive advice appreciated.
There have been controlled studies on yoga for adolescents, but I am not aware of comparable studies for younger children.
I am looking for freely available research tools to measure burnout among health care workers and teachers
Phytoconstituents and herbal extracts are known to act through multiple complex pathways, there may be some phytoconstituents which can act through HPA axis leading to down-regulation of corresponding gene/protein.
Ayurveda has concept of Rasa, Vipaka, & Virya which may be correlated with Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. And here I want to know how can we correlate the AVASTHHA -PAK, NISTHAA-PAK (A stages of Ayurvedic pharmacokinetics) with phases of metabolism.
Phase -I & II are the stages of metabolism in which body try to make the xenobiotic more polar so that it can get eliminated as soon as possible. Since the product of these phases of metabolism may also acts a active pharmaceutical moiety (e.g. in case of prodrug).
What is your experience with the ketogenic diet (or other dietary treatments), VNS, DBS or "other" treatments (complementary/alternative treatments that your patients might have used) ?
Does anyone would like to contribute a chapter on treatments used in CAM for the 38th ed of SEDA?
In Traditional Persian Medicine, venesection, enema, nasal application of aroma and some herbal medicines such as Zataria multiflora are recommended by Avicenna in Canon of medicine.
Could anyone share if you have heard of articles on my question:
Is there any alternative therapy that inhibits Phosphodiesterase-4?
Here at the University of Bristol we are conducting a DH funded scoping study of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) for multimorbid patients with mental health and musculoskeletal problems in primary care in the UK. By CAM we mean approaches where a practitioner is involved in providing a treatment complementary to conventional care, for example acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, Pilates, mindfulness etc.
We are looking for services in the UK where an integrated approach - CAM alongside conventional NHS treatment - is currently provided or has recently been provided. These services need to:
· Be in the UK
· Target patients with musculoskeletal and/or mental health issues
· Provide the CAM through primary care e.g. GP referral to CAM, GP practising CAM
· Offer CAM which is at least partially funded by the NHS or charitable funds etc i.e. the patient pays nothing/very little
We are interested in places where this is currently happening, but also where it has been attempted but been unsuccessful.
Considering that drug's odor has therapeutic effects in aromatherapy, how is possible to blind the patients on the odor of the study drugs.
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?
Is infrared rays can be used after oil massage? If used what precautions should be taken?
what will be the duration and course?
Water holding ability of basil seeds has been used by the Akamba community of Kenya for removing foreign objects from eyes. The process involves introducing a small amount of dry basil seeds into the affected eye and then removing a 'ball' that forms. The ball comprises the foreign bodies and basil seeds and is formed when the seeds attract water in the eye the stream of which carries the foreign bodies.
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?
Some drugs are recommended for androgenic alopecia but these may carry certain risks. In certain parts of the world bizarre natural remedies are used like camel's urine! Are they a myth?
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?
I am looking to investigate the effects of an intervention (alternative medicine) on lactic acid clearance in a healthy (non-athlete) population . Any suggestions as to the best method af analysis?
I want to set up a holistic health clinic for low-income or fixed income individuals. Setting up the clinic as a non-profit has many shortcomings and limitations, therefore I am looking for a financial model to subsidize discounted services.
Practice of yoga improves the physical health. There are a number of studies available that prove the efficacy of yoga as therapy. Can someone practice it during spinal cord injury?
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.
It is common that WSR is suggested as an alternative to classical clinical research methodology in the field of CAM, which does not have many limitations of classic RCT designs? Can anyone explain what the exact difference between these research methodologies is?
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.
I am an undergraduate and writing my first research paper using BMC format,
Being a Physician Scientist, I have always observed a significant improvement in the patients with relation to their overall metabolism, signs and symptoms and disease severity if done in a scientific way. The sad thing about this is no strong comprehensive trial is observed to my knowledge. What do you people from varied expertise think about all these procedures from your personal and scientific experience. Can you suggest a probable study which would justify and validate their use?
(Comment on an article - see below link).
Pistacia is a genus of the family Anacardiaceae. The plant has played an important role in traditional medicine and has been used in treatment of several diseases. In some countries the resin of Pistacia is used as wound dressing. As herbal medicine is usually safe and not expensive and also according to voluble traditional experiences, researchers have tried to assess the real effect of this part of medicine .
In our previous study  we have cited an article done by Djerrou et al that is a survey on the effect of Pistacia lentiscus virgin fatty oil on the burning wound healing. They have reported that the oil promotes wound contraction and reduces epithelization period in rabbit model . They have created burn wounds on the back of rabbits (four burn wound for each animal) and divided them into four groups. The groups were treated by Pistacia lentiscus virgin fatty oil (PLVFO), Madecassol (MAD), Vaseline (VAS) and nothing (CRL) as a control group and finally wound contraction and epithelization were assessed. They have reported that “both PLVFO and Madecassol significantly accelerated wound healing activity compared to wounds dressed with Vaseline and the untreated wounds. Also the level of wound contraction was significantly higher and the healing time was faster in PLVFO group than those of the MAD group, VAS group and CRL group”. In our article  we have reported that “Djerrou et al. revealed that Pistacia lentiscus virgin fatty oil significantly promotes wound contraction and reduces epithelialization period in rabbit model”. According to their results mean±SD of wound contraction (%) in the final day of the study were 96.93±4.95, 93.78±10.98, 87.49±13.76 and 83.40±12.85 for PLVFO, MAD, VAS and CRL groups respectively (P‹0.05) and they have reported that PLVFO has higher wound contraction so it has better effect of burn wound healing.
According to table 1 and also figure 1 of the mentioned paper , from the 4th day of the study PLVFO had a better wound contraction. From the beginning of the study there was a significant difference between groups and the difference is remained till the end of the study. Interestingly there is a pattern for wound contraction in all four groups and they all have the same shape. I think for better analysis, the wound size in the first day and analysis of the differences is important. If wound size of PLVFO be significantly smaller in the first day than other groups, with the same decreasing in the wound size in the four groups, wound contraction of PLVFO will be higher than the others. In addition when we calculate the increasing of wound contraction within the study (28th day-4th day), the results will be 60.44 (96.93-36.49), 61.42 (93.78-32.36), 75.20 (87.49-12.29) and 54.03 (83.4-29.37) for PLVFO, MAD, VAS and CRL groups respectively. According to this analysis, VAS group has a better improvement of wound contraction and CRL is the worst.
In conclusion I recommend the authors to re-analyze the data and report them for better conclusion.
1. Haghdoost F, Baradaran Mahdavi MM, Zandifar A, Sanei MH, Zolfaghari B, Javanmard SH. “Pistacia atlantica Resin Has a Dose-Dependent Effect on Angiogenesis and Skin Burn Wound Healing in Rat,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2013, Article ID 893425, 8 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/893425.
2. Djerrou Z, Maameri Z, Hamdi-Pacha Y, Serakta M, Riachi F, Djaalab H, et al. Effect of virgin fatty oil of Pistacia lentiscus on experimental burn wound's healing in rabbits. Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2010;7:258-263.
Overt hostility sometimes arises between physicians and non-allopathic health providers, with caustic diatribes emanating from both sides of the divide – particularly relating to the scientific credibility of various interventions. In an era of evidence-based medicine, should modern clinical care be based on credible untainted research and favorable outcomes for patients and populations rather than what is considered conventional or alternative?
It is shown that some techniques (yoga, meditation, tai-chi, relaxation, conscious breathing, etc.) improve immune system, cardiovascular performance, pain management, quality of life, and other aspects of well-being. It is reasonable that these changes would have positive outcome on cancer supression. Does anyone have experience, considerations or explanations on the mechanisms and efficiency of such interactions?
I mean based on which criteria we can find out a given herbal thing is appropriate for a pharmacology research. Can you introduce some references?