CAM Research

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Relationship between smoking and the clinical severity of psoriasis. CONCLUSION: Smoking is associated with the clinical severity of psoriasis and highlights the importance of smoking cessation in patients with psoriasis.   OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between different components of smoking history and the clinical severity of psoriasis. DESIGN: A...
Alcohol as a risk factor for plaque-type psoriasis. We recommend that clinicians discourage patients with psoriasis from consuming alcohol, especially during periods of disease exacerbation.   The association between alcohol and the development of plaque-type psoriasis is complex and confusing because many of the initial studies did not control...
Stress impairs the immune response to mucosal herpes simplex (HSV-1) infection.  We conclude that the increased viral titers observed in mice experiencing psychological stress are the consequence of a glucocorticoid-mediated reduction in the numbers of lymphocytes responsible for resolving the initial infection.   Psychological stress and its associated increases in...
Study: Can acupuncture ease the symptoms of menopause? In a randomized, 2-group clinical study, acupuncture was used for the relief of menopausal hot flushes, sleep disturbances, and mood changes. The experimental acupuncture treatment consisted of specific acupuncture body points related to menopausal symptoms. The comparison acupuncture treatment...
A comparison of acupuncture and oral estradiol treatment of vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women CONCLUSION: We suggest that acupuncture is a viable alternative treatment of vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women and cannot recommend superficial needle insertion as an inactive control treatment. Wyon Y, Wijma K, Nedstrand E, Hammar M. Faculty of Health Sciences, University Hospital,...
HRT - Postmenopausal hormone replacement: historical perspectives and current concerns Despite continuing evidence of its value, hormone replacement (HR) therapy is used by only a minority of postmenopausal women. Some of this reluctance may stem from concerns about the medicalization of menopause and the labeling of menopause as a state of failure or disease that needs to be treated...
Complementary and alternative medicine for menopausal symptoms: a review of randomized, controlled trials CONLUSONS: Black cohosh and foods that contain phytoestrogens show promise for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Clinical trials do not support the use of other herbs or CAM therapies. Long-term safety data on individual isoflavones or isoflavone concentrates are not available. Kronenberg F,...
Relationship between memory quotient, estrogen and Chinese nourishing kidney herbs in perimenopausal women CONCLUSION: The decrease of memory is related to the lowering of estrogen level, CNKH could improve the brain function and enhance memory. Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 2002 Jul;22(7):494-5. Clinical study on relationship between memory quotient, estrogen and Chinese nourishing kidney herbs...
Herbal treatments in Menopause CONCLUSIONS: Primary care patients experiencing common menopausal symptoms are likely to use herbal products that are purported to provide menopause symptom relief, and many believe that these products improve their menopausal symptoms. Healthcare providers should be aware of patient's positive...
Chinese meidicine herbs help with weight loss and obesity Chinese medicine has been proposed as a novel strategy for the prevention of metabolic disorders such as obesity. The present study tested 17 Chinese medicinal herbs were tested for their potential anti-obesity effects. Ava Jiangyang Guo email, Roy Chi-yan Choi email, Anna Wing-han Cheung email...