Need for Oncologists to Ask about Herbs and Supplements
March 26, 2015
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in November 2014 explored oncologists’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice patterns regarding the use of herbs and supplements by their patients, and found that while a large percentage of cancer patients utilize CAM, fewer than half of U.S. oncologists ever initiate discussions about the use of these products.
Integrative Therapies Mitigate Pain and Anxiety in Allina Health Study
March 20, 2015
According to physicians at Allina Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota, therapies such as medical massages and acupuncture ease anxiety and pain among cancer patients. This optimizes the outlook for minimizing the harmful side effects of prescription drugs that are commonly administered in the United States.
National Institute of Health’s NCCAM Renamed the NCCIH
February 27, 2015
In December 2014, the National Institute of Health (NIH) changed the name of its complementary and integrative health agency from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) to better align with the organization’s strategic plan for public education and research.
Introduction to Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
January 28, 2015
This is a brief introduction to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). This article explores the history, basic function, uses, and safety aspects of the TENS unit, a small battery-operated device that uses low-voltage current to relieve pain.
Cellphone Use May Cause Stress to the Neck and Cervical Spine
January 28, 2015
A study by Kenneth K. Hansraj, MD, Chief of Spine Surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, reveals that looking down at cellphones in poor posture increases the gravitational pull on the cervical spine, causing harmful stress to the neck.
Self-Applied Acupressure May Improve Constipation Symptoms
December 22, 2014
A recent study conducted by Ryan Abbott, JD, MD, MTOM, and his colleagues at UCLA assessed the efficacy of applying external pressure to the perineum to alleviate constipation symptoms. The study, published in The Journal of General Internal Medicine on November 18, 2014, was featured in both UCLA Newsroom and Medscape.
A Push to Back Traditional Chinese Medicine with More Data
December 19, 2014
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal illustrates the movement embarked upon by researchers in China, Europe, and the U.S. to research centuries-old theories from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) on what makes people sick using modern analytical techniques.
NIH and VA address pain and related conditions in U.S. military personnel
November 24, 2014
Over the next 5 years, the National Institute of Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research and Development Division will fund thirteen research projects to address pain and related conditions in U.S. which affect military personnel, veterans, and their families, with a focus on nondrug approaches.
Common Herbal-Based Anti-Malarial Drug for Asthma Control
October 20, 2014
A new pharmacological discovery by researchers from the National University of Singapore has discovered that artesunate, a common herbal-based anti-malarial drug, may be a more effective way to control asthma than current drugs.
Acupuncture Improves Quality of Life for Breast Cancer Patients
October 20, 2014
A recent study from the Perelman School of Medicine in Pennsylvania shows that electroacupuncture (EA) provides significant quality of life improvements among breast cancer patients taking drugs to prevent recurrence.