Alternative Medicine Topics


Meditation Plus Exercise May Relieve Depression

Combining meditation and moderate-intensity aerobic exercise can significantly reduce symptoms of depression, research shows.

By Jeff Bauer

Trouble Sleeping? Nondrug Option May Help

New guidelines for treating insomnia recommend a type of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia before considering medication.

By HealthAfter50

Tai Chi and Qigong Can Help Your Heart

Growing evidence shows that traditional Chinese exercise, such as tai chi and qigong, may benefit heart disease patients, both physically and mentally.

By Amy Norton

How to Pay for Alternative Medicine Treatments

Medicare and some private health insurers may offer partial coverage for certain alternative and complementary treatments. Here’s what you need to know.

By HealthAfter50

The Truth About Detox Diets

A “detox” diet is supposed to cleanse your body and give it a radical reboot. But is this trend all it claims to be?

By Berkeley Wellness

Aromatherapy: Can Essential Oils Heal You?

Research suggests essential oils could help with certain health problems. Here’s what you need to know about these oils and how to use them.

By Heather LaBruna

8 Safety Tips for Using Essential Oils

Just because they’re “natural” doesn’t mean they’re always safe. Here’s what you need to know to avoid skin reactions and other essential-oil pitfalls.

By HealthAfter50

The Scoop on Probiotics

What research says they can—and cannot—do for you.

By HealthAfter50

Is the Paleo Diet Safe?

Thinking of going “caveman”? Here’s a doctor’s take on the latest diet fad.

By HealthAfter50

What Can Jeopardize Cancer Therapy

“Natural” products can make chemotherapy less effective or even toxic, but many patients aren’t telling their doctors, a new study says.

By HealthAfter50