Scientists have taken another important step toward understanding just how sticking needles into the body can ease pain. In a paper published online May 30 in Nature Neuroscience, a team at the University of Rochester Medical Center identifies the molecule adenosine as a central player in parlaying some of the effects of acupuncture in the body. Building on that knowledge, scientists were able to triple the beneficial effects of acupuncture in mice by adding a medication approved to treat people with leukemia.
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Doctors at Rush University Medical Center are offering pediatric patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses acupuncture therapy to help ease the pain and negative side effects like nausea, fatigue, and vomiting caused by chronic health conditions and intensive treatments. The confluence of Chinese and Western medicine at Rush Children’s Hospital is part of a study to [...]
Feeling stressed? Researchers suggest that you try chamomile! This ‘traditional’ remedy has been around for years, but how much truth is there behind this old wives’ tale? In an evaluation for Faculty of 1000, Michael Van Ameringen and Beth Patterson draw attention to the first randomized controlled trial of chamomile for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The study, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, reports that “chamomile extract therapy was found to be efficacious for mild-moderate GAD.”
Older adults who used the herbal supplement Ginkgo biloba for several years did not have a slower rate of cognitive decline compared to adults who received placebo, according to a study in the December 23/30 issue of JAMA. “Ginkgo biloba is marketed widely and used with the hope of improving, preventing, or delaying cognitive impairment [...]
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Center for Health Statistics (part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released ﬁndings on Americans’ use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The ﬁndings are from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an annual in-person survey of Americans regarding their health and illness related experiences. The CAM section gathered information on 23,393 adults aged 18 years or older and 9,417 children aged 17 years and under. Of interest to many of our readers, treatments such as biofeedback, diaphragmatic breathing, hypnosis, meditation, guided imagery, and progressive relaxation are included in the analysis.