Alternative Medicine

Alternative treatments for chronic illness, such as supplements, acupuncture, and homeopathy.

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Vitamin D May Cut Asthma Attacks

High-quality evidence suggests that taking vitamin D along with standard asthma medication can reduce the number of severe asthma exacerbations.

By Deborah Kaplan

Meditation Plus Exercise May Relieve Depression

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

By Jeff Bauer

Risks of Red Yeast Rice Supplements

You may be risking your health if you take red yeast rice supplements to lower your cholesterol. Here’s why.

By Laurie Saloman, M.S.

Will Acupuncture Help Migraine?

Have you considered acupuncture to treat Migraine? So far, the evidence has been inconclusive, and more research is needed to determine its effectiveness.

By Tammy Rome

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

The Safe Way to Use a Neti Pot

A neti pot can provide relief from nasal congestion by clearing out clogged sinuses. Here’s how to use one safely.

By Deborah Kaplan

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

Acupuncture: When It's Worth a Try

More than 3 million Americans a year seek out acupuncture as a treatment for what ails them. But does it really work?

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