Alternative Medicine

Complementary Medicine

Complementary medicine and treatment options to accompany traditonal treatments for your chronic illness, such as diet, exercise, naturopathy, and more.

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The Lowdown on Alternative Medicines?

So many terms are used to describe non-traditional medicine, but what do they all mean? There is scientific evidence to support traditional “Western” therapies, but what about the so-called “alternative” medicines? Nearly 40 percent of adults report ...

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Does The Oncologist Want You To Do More Yoga?

Doctors have new guidelines for using yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and other complementary approaches for alleviating breast cancer symptoms and side effects.

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Treating Cancer With Complementary Medicine Raises Death Risk

People who get complementary therapy for curable cancers are more likely to refuse at least one element of conventional cancer treatment and are more likely to die as a result, say researchers at Yale School of Medicine.

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Can Acupuncture Help MS Patients Walk Better?

A recent study found that acupuncture improved walking speed in 85 percent of people with MS.

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Alternative and Complementary Medicine

If you live with chronic pain, learn how alternative and complementary medicines could help ease your pain.

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Acupuncture For Cancer Side Effects?

Women who have hot flashes as a result of breast cancer treatment may benefit from regular acupuncture treatments, according to this study.

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What to Know About Alternative Therapy

A new study looks at why some people embrace complementary and alternative medicine for cancer, while others shun it. Here are the main takeaways. Read more.

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6 Complementary and Alternative Treatment Options for MS

Sometimes people with MS are interested in therapies that fall outside of conventional or mainstream medicine – this is referred to as complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM. Complementary therapies usually refer to those that are used in con...

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Beyond the Drugs: Complementary Therapies for Osteoporosis

While bisphosphonates and other similar drugs remain the medically proven gold standard for treatment of osteoporosis, there are other things you can do to strengthen your bones. Especially if you’ve been diagnosed with osteopenia, and are on the fen...

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Complementary Therapies and MS: Aromatherapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy

Hopefully, disease-modifying drugs or alternative therapies result in improved physical health for the MSer. Complementary therapies are used along with these therapies to enhance quality of life. According to the World Health Organization, Quality o...

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): What Is It, and Should I Be Interested?

Yoga. Acupuncture. Meditation. If you’ve been treated for breast cancer, you’ve probably heard words like these mentioned. Maybe your local hospital offers therapeutic massage to chemo patients, or Reiki treatments to women heading into surgery. All ...

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Is Your ‘Diverse’ Diet Really Healthy?

A scientific statement from the American Heart Association suggests eating a wide variety of foods to meet nutritional requirements can lead to overeating.

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Want to Feel a Lot Better? Try a Sauna

Want to cut your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, dementia, etc., and boost your quality of life? Frequent saunas can do just that.

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Can a Mediterranean Diet Lessen Psoriasis Symptoms?

A study conducted in France and published in JAMA Dermatology suggests that an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean diet may diminish symptoms in people with psoriasis.