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"First, it is critical that policy-makers and public health personnel gain an understanding of the extent to which complementary and alternative health care forms an integral, albeit often margined or marginalized, part of the public health apparatus at the disposal of any society CAM may represent a substantial and largely untapped resource base. The World Health Organization estimates that most people in developing nations receive the bulk of their health care from traditional or indigenous health systems…there is one physician for every 50,000 people, there is a traditional healer for every 200.

Alternative medical systems are complete systems of theory and practice that have evolved wholly or largely independently of conventional biomedicine. These include Indian ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and naturopathy. Mind-body interventions are 'designed to facilitate the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and system. These include conventional approaches such as patient education as well as approaches considered complementary or alternative such as hypnosis or prayer. Biological-based therapies include herbal therapies, dietary supplements, dietary approaches, and the use of other biologically active substance. Manipulative and body-based methods include manipulation, movement, massage, or similar approaches, often within the context of physical or anatomic theories of illness. Finally, energy therapies focus on the role or from other sources in the production of disease and the process of healing." What is the role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Oct. 2002, Vol. 92, No. 10


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A healthy Brain Doesn't need to much Stress

Stress is a normal part of taking a test or dealing with traffic on your way to work. But too much stress, doctors say, can have detrimental effects on your health and wreak havoc with normal brain function.



Alternative Health care practices by persons with serious medical problems

Perceived benefit has been identified as an important fact influencing the decision to use alternative medicine for various health problems

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Alternatives to Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus

No complementary medicine or alternative medicine therapies have been scientifically proven to cure or even ease symptoms of hepatitis C. However, some people are turning to herbs for relief.


Attack on Americans and the Chronically Ill

The Washington Post recently reported that the attacks on America have resulted in an increase in chronic pain from patients who already live daily with illness and pain. It comes as no surprise to those of us who are chronically ill. Pain, depression, financial struggles and a lack of control of our future are daily parts of our everyday life; but when national devastating events occur it can exasperate the painful chronic conditions.


Balancing Act-drugs that can help and hurt

Many common over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs can cause liver damage, even when taken as directed. There are few drugs more commonly used than Tylenol® and Advil®, yet even these drugs have the potential to harm your liver.


Caution-That dose may be too high

Study finds that 21 percent of 354 prescription drugs released from 1980 to 1999 had their recommended doses corrected at later date, almost always to lower dose; finds that drugs released in last five years are even more likely to have instructions changed than older ones


Chinese Herbal Cure for Hepatitis-B A randomized control trial led by the University of California, Berkeley, discovered a new Chinese-herbal treatment for chronic hepatitis B. Researchers analyzed 27 clinical trials in which chronic hepatitis B patients using Chinese herbal medicine alone or with interferon alfa, were compared with a control group of patients that were taking only interferon alfa. The results found were very encouraging from the patients who used a combination of Chinese herbal treatments with interferon alfa.  
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), previously known as Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus Syndrome, and also currently called Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, is a systemic disorder consisting of a complex of variable signs and symptoms which may vary in duration and severity. The etiology and pathology of the disorder have not been established.  
Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Hepatitis C There are three types of review articles referenced here: 1) In a general review a broad picture of the scientific studies and evidence available on a particular topic is presented, 2) In a systematic review, data from a set of studies on a particular question or topic are collected, analyzed, and critically reviewed, and 3) A meta-analysis uses statistical techniques to analyze results from a collection of individual studies.  


Complications of Cirrhosis  Listing of the many different problems associated with Hepatitis C  
Connection between Hepatitis C Virus and Anger  I don't know about you, but I've never run into a group of "unreasonably" angry people in my life like some of those I have encountered in Hep C support groups, both "live" and on the internet.  
Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue-check for Sinusitis  A new study published in the August 11 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrates a possible link between unexplained chronic fatigue and sinusitis, two conditions previously not associated with each other.  

Chinese herbal medications implicated in Liver Failure

Another case of acute hepatitis and liver failure linked to consumption of the Chinese herbal medication, ma-huang


Chinese study Herb vs HBV

Traditional Chinese medicine is an established segment of the health care delivery system in China

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Medical Education

Diversity, the individual, and proof of efficacy-complementary and Alternative Medicine in Medical Education

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Don't Worry, stay well

Study shows immune systems are weaker in neurotic types


Drugs that may cause liver dysfunction or damage

Given the diversity in use today and the complex burden they impose upon the liver, it is not surprising that a broad spectrum of adverse drugs effects on liver functions and structures has been documented.




The drug, called Gundamiti, has been developed from herbs after 14 years of research. UZ scientists claim that it is potent enough to increase disease-fighting CD4 blood cells in the range 400-to-1500/ml in two months.  
Herbal relief for hepatitis sufferers? Chinese herbal treatments, combined with standard therapy, may be more effective than standard therapy alone for treatment of chronic hepatitis B, according to an analysis of randomized, controlled trials led by Berkeley researchers.  

Interferon may endanger asthmatic patients

Patients who have had their asthma under control, but have been taking interferon for the suppression of hepatitis C, have suffered enough to be hospitalized for the return of asthma symptoms. Hepatitis C therapy with interferon-alpha can lead to severe asthma exacerbation in patients with previously mild asthma.


List of hazardous herbs

Nine herbs that the Food and Drug Administration has said are associated with serious adverse reactions or possible hazards.


Living on the dog Track

Overcoming chronic illness often requires us to slow down and save some energy for healing. In this society, most of us are moving way beyond our healthy speed,


MATRINE AND OXYMATRINE An intensive investigation into the pharmacology and clinical applications of these alkaloids has gone on for the past decade and remains one of the focal points of Chinese medical research. The main clinical applications are treatment of people with cancer, viral hepatitis, cardiac diseases (such as viral myocarditis), and skin diseases (such as psoriasis and eczema).  

Medical Intuition

Medical Intuition is a science, where the practitioner, using a highly developed sense of intuition, "looks" into the body, evaluating it on energetic levels. According to Medical Intuitives, we, as humans, are more than just a physical body.


need energy-Guided imagery for Fatigue Japanese medicine also studies the chakras or energy centers within the body  

Other Chinese Herb Therapies for Hepatitis C Virus

Hepatitis B is treated by herbs for the traditional categories of pathological disturbance labeled as damp-heat, qi and blood stasis, and for qi, blood, and yin deficiency.


Pneumonitis during Interferon/Herbal treatment

We report four cases of acute pneumonitis due either to interferon, or a herbal drug, 'Sho-saikoto', or both in combination, in patients with chronic active hepatitis, focusing on its pathogenesis and response to prednisolone therapy.


Prognostic features in Patients with Chronic Liver Failure

To evaluate the clinical findings associated with perioperative mortality in patients with chronic liver failure undergoing nonhepatic surgery.


Protection from acetaminophen damage

An array of therapeutically used analgetic and antirheumatic drugs cause severe liver damage,


Quinine induced heptaotoxicity

To report a case of quinine-induced hepatotoxicity presenting within 24 hours following the ingestion of the first dose.


Retinoids exacerbate rat liver fibrosis

The present study is aimed to understand the mechanism by which retinoic acid (RA, an active metabolite of retinol) enhances hepatic fibrosis in rats.


Self healing basics

I would like to explore some very basic methods that can be used to relieve tension, stress, and depression, as well as sharpen intuition, clear the mind, & increase energy. These methods can be used by anyone to help restore a general sense of well-being.


Severe Hepatitis attributed to paroxetine

The liver function should be monitored and administration of the drug should be discontinued when functional disturbances are noticed.


Spring Cleaning your Body

It happens every spring. You fling open the windows, shed your winter coat, and suddenly get the urge to clean your house. But do you ever think about "spring cleaning" the toxins from your body?


Strengthening mind and body against daily Stress

The power of relaxation was first brought to the forefront of medicine in 1974


The hospice-Hypnosis connections

Social hypnosis goes on all the time. We are constantly bombarded with information and messages targeted for our subconscious minds


The Vocabulary of wellness

After I became ill it became apparent to me that, if I wanted to live at all peacefully, I needed to learn the difference between wants and needs. Because if I lived in a state of unmet wants, I would be not only chronically ill, but chronically miserable, too.


What is the role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine i

Although long an integral part of the health systems of societies all around the globe, the relationship between public health and traditional or indigenous health practices has not often been a congenial or collegial one.

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