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Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain Conditions - POEMs - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2018 - Acupuncture, with its meridians, chi, and other concepts that do not seem to line up with anything physiologic, is vexing to most of us who trained in Western medicine. However, this meta-analysis, based on data from almost 21,000 patients, found it to be more effective than no ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/od2.html

Acupuncture for Frequent Tension-Type Headaches - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

Aug 1, 2016 - Studies show an NNT of 3 to have at least a 50% reduction of headache frequency compared with routine care. Want to know more?

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0801/od1.html

Acupuncture for Pain - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2009 - Acupuncture is increasingly used as an alternative or complementary therapy for the treatment of pain. It is well tolerated, with a low risk of serious adverse effects. Traditional and modern acupuncture techniques may result in reported improvement in pain patterns. Research on ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0901/p481.html

Alternative Therapies for Traditional Disease States: Menopause - American Family ...

Jul 1, 2002 - With growing concern about the use of hormone replacement therapy, some women are looking for alternative treatments for menopausal symptoms and preventing postmenopausal cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. In observational trials, exercise has been associated with decreased ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0701/p129.html

Alternative Therapies: Part 1. Depresssion, Diabetes, Obesity - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2000 - Natural supplements are widely used in the United States and, while claims of their therapeutic effects abound, medical research does not always support their effectiveness. St. John's wort acts as a weak selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor with fewer side effects. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0901/p1051.html

Alternative Therapies: Part II. Congestive Heart Failure and Hypercholesterolemia - ...

Sep 15, 2000 - Natural supplements are widely used by the American public but, while claims of their therapeutic effects abound, medical research does not always support their effectiveness. Clinical trials using Q10 for the management of congestive heart failure have had conflicting results; hawthorn...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0915/p1325.html

Are You Talking to Your Patients About CAM? - Editorials - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2009 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Aug 1, 2009 Issue Editorials Are You Talking to Your Patients About CAM? SUMI SEXTON, MD, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC Am Fam Physician. 2009 Aug 1;80(3):228-230. In June 2008, the National Center for...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0801/p228.html

Chasteberry - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2005 - For centuries, chasteberry has been used to treat many hormone-related gynecologic conditions. The current literature supports the use of chasteberry for cyclical breast discomfort and premenstrual syndrome; data on its use for menstrual irregularities and fertility disorders are weak. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0901/p821.html

Clinical Use of Probiotics: What Physicians Need to Know - Editorials - American Family...

Nov 1, 2008 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Nov 1, 2008 Issue Editorials Clinical Use of Probiotics: What Physicians Need to Know MARY ELLEN SANDERS, PhD, International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, Dairy and Food Culture Technologies, Centennial,...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1101/p1026.html

Coenzyme Q10 - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2005 - Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance used in the treatment of a variety of disorders primarily related to suboptimal cellular energy metabolism and oxidative injury. Studies supporting the efficacy of coenzyme Q10 appear most promising for neurodegenerative disorders such as ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0915/p1065.html

Common Herbal Dietary Supplement—Drug Interactions - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2017 - Nearly 25% of U.S. adults report concurrently taking a prescription medication with a dietary supplement. Some supplements, such as St. John’s wort and goldenseal, are known to cause clinically important drug interactions and should be avoided by most patients receiving any ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p101.html

Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Jul 1, 2003 - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2003 - The herb black cohosh, or Actaea racemosa (formerly named Cimicifuga racemosa), is native to North America. The roots and rhizomes of this herb are widely used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms and menstrual dysfunction. Studies have demonstrated that this botanic medicine, when ...

American Family Physician : Complementary and Alternative Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0701/p114.html

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Examining the Evidence - Editorials - American ...

Jan 1, 2003 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jan 1, 2003 Issue Editorials Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Examining the Evidence SUMI M. SEXTON, M.D. Georgetown University Medical Center Washington, D.C. Am Fam Physician. 2003 Jan 1;67(1):36-38. Related Article The...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0101/p36.html

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Atopic Dermatitis - FPIN's Clinical ...

Apr 15, 2012 - Evening primrose oil may be effective for the treatment of atopic dermatitis.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0415/p817.html

Complementary and Integrative Treatments for Pain Management in Labor - Cochrane for ...

Feb 1, 2019 - There is evidence that all of the studied interventions have some benefit in labor, but the evidence is of low to very low quality. Massage, thermal interventions (warm and cold packs), relaxation techniques, yoga, and music reduce pain during latent labor, but not during active labor.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p154.html

Complementary/Integrative Therapies That Work: A Review of the Evidence - American ...

Sep 1, 2016 - Significant evidence supports the effectiveness and safety of several complementary or integrative treatment approaches to common primary care problems. Acupuncture is effective in the management of chronic low back pain. Mind-body interventions such as cognitive behavior therapy, yoga,...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p369.html

Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Benefits of Exercise, Yoga, and Meditation - American...

May 15, 2019 - Many people with depression or anxiety turn to nonpharmacologic and nonconventional interventions, including exercise, yoga, meditation, tai chi, or qi gong. Meta-analyses and systematic reviews have shown that these interventions can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/p620.html

Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2008 - A large number of dietary supplements are promoted to patients with osteoarthritis and as many as one third of those patients have used a supplement to treat their condition. Glucosamine-containing supplements are among the most commonly used products for osteoarthritis. Although the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0115/p177.html

Echinacea - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2003 - Echinacea is the name of a genus of native North American plants, commonly known as the purple coneflower. The most widely used herbal product in the United States is a liquid extract made from the root of Echinacea purpurea. Because the active component of the plant has not been ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0101/p77.html

Evening Primrose Oil - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2009 - Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) is a commonly used alternative therapy and a rich source of omega-6 essential fatty acids. It is best known for its use in the treatment of systemic diseases marked by chronic inflammation, such as atopic dermatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. It ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1215/p1405.html

Exercise, Yoga, and Meditation for Depressive and Anxiety Disorders - American Family ...

Apr 15, 2010 - Anxiety and depression are among the most common conditions cited by those seeking treatment with complementary and alternative therapies, such as exercise, meditation, tai chi, qigong, and yoga. The use of these therapies is increasing. Several studies of exercise and yoga have ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0415/p981.html

Ginger: An Overview - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2007 - Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is one of the more commonly used herbal supplements. Although often consumed for culinary purposes, it is taken by many patients to treat a variety of conditions. Ginger has been shown to be effective for pregnancy-induced and postoperative nausea and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0601/p1689.html

Gingko Biloba - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2003 - Ginkgo biloba is commonly used in the treatment of early-stage Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, peripheral claudication, and tinnitus of vascular origin. Multiple trials investigating the efficacy of ginkgo for treating cerebrovascular disease and dementia have been performed, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0901/p923.html

Glucosamine - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2008 - Glucosamine is one of the most popular dietary supplements sold in the United States. Most clinical trials have focused on its use in osteoarthritis of the knee. The reported adverse effects have been relatively well studied and are generally uncommon and minor. No significant ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0815/p471.html

Health Effects of Garlic - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2005 - Garlic has long been used medicinally, most recently for its cardiovascular, antineoplastic, and antimicrobial properties. Sulfur compounds, including allicin, appear to be the active components in the root bulb of the garlic plant. Studies show significant but modest lipid-lowering ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0701/p103.html

Herbal 'Health' Products: What Family Physicians Need to Know - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 1998 - Patients who self-medicate with herbs for preventive and therapeutic purposes may assume that these products are safe because they are

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1001/p1133.html

Herbal and Dietary Supplements for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders - American Family ...

Aug 15, 2007 - Use of complementary and alternative medicine has increased over the past decade. A variety of studies have suggested that this use is greater in persons with symptoms or diagnoses of anxiety and depression. Data support the effectiveness of some popular herbal remedies and dietary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0815/p549.html

Herbal Medicines and the Family Physician - Editorials - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 1998 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Oct 1, 1998 Issue Editorials Herbal Medicines and the Family Physician BENJAMIN KLIGLER, M.D., M.P.H., Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York Am Fam Physician. 1998 Oct 1;58(5):1064-1066. Related Article Why should we as...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1001/p1064.html

Herbal Remedies: Adverse Effects and Drug Interactions - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 1999 - A growing number of Americans are using herbal products for preventive and therapeutic purposes. The manufacturers of these products are not required to submit proof of safety and efficacy to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before marketing. For this reason, the adverse effects ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0301/p1239.html

Identifying Effective Alternative Therapies for Common Conditions - Editorials - ...

Feb 1, 2006 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Feb 1, 2006 Issue Editorials Identifying Effective Alternative Therapies for Common Conditions JANE L. MURRAY, M.D. Sastun Center of Integrative Health Care, Mission, Kansas Am Fam Physician. 2006 Feb 1;73(3):396-398. Related Article...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0201/p396.html

Integrating Medical Acupuncture into Family Medicine Practice - Editorials - American ...

Jul 15, 2019 - Acupuncture is an evidence-based therapy to reduce pain that can meet patient demand for nonpharmacologic treatment. Now is the time to offer training in medical acupuncture to more family physicians.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p76.html

Milk Thistle - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2005 - Milk thistle has been used as a cytoprotectant for the treatment of liver disease, for the treatment and prevention of cancer, and as a supportive treatment of Amanita phalloides poisoning. Clinical studies are largely heterogeneous and contradictory. Aside from mild gastrointestinal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1001/p1285.html

Mind-Body Therapies for Headache - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2007 - Headache is one of the most common and enigmatic problems encountered by family physicians. Headache is not a singular entity, and different pathologic mechanisms are involved in distinct types of headache. Most types of headache involve dysfunction of peripheral or central nociceptive ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1115/p1518.html

N-Acetylcysteine: Multiple Clinical Applications - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2009 - N-acetylcysteine is the acetylated variant of the amino acid L-cysteine and is widely used as the specific antidote for acetaminophen overdose. Other applications for N-acetylcysteine supplementation supported by scientific evidence include prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0801/p265.html

Panax ginseng - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2003 - The herbal remedies referred to as ginseng are derived from the roots of several plants. One of the most commonly used and researched of the ginsengs is Panax ginseng, also called Asian or Korean ginseng. The main active components of Panax ginseng are ginsenosides, which have been ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1015/p1539.html

Peppermint Oil - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2007 - Peppermint leaf and peppermint oil have a long history of use for digestive disorders. Recent evidence suggests that enteric-coated peppermint oil may be effective in relieving some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. A combination product including peppermint oil and caraway ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0401/p1027.html

Probiotics - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2008 - Probiotics are microorganisms with potential health benefits. They may be used to prevent and treat antibiotic-associated diarrhea and acute infectious diarrhea. They may also be effective in relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and in treating atopic dermatitis in children. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1101/p1073.html

Probiotics for Gastrointestinal Conditions: A Summary of the Evidence - American Family...

Aug 1, 2017 - Probiotics contain microorganisms, most of which are bacteria similar to the beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in the human gut. Probiotics have been widely studied in a variety of gastrointestinal diseases. The most-studied species include Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p170.html

Saw Palmetto for Prostate Disorders - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2003 - Saw palmetto is an herbal product used in the treatment of symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia. The active component is found in the fruit of the American dwarf palm tree. Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of saw palmetto in reducing symptoms associated with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0315/p1281.html

Soy: A Complete Source of Protein - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2009 - Soybeans contain all of the essential amino acids necessary for human nutrition and have been grown and harvested for thousands of years. Populations with diets high in soy protein and low in animal protein have lower risks of prostate and breast cancers than other populations. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0101/p43.html

Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Low Back Pain - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Feb 1, 2005 - In the short term, manipulative therapy is as effective for acute or chronic low back pain as other treatments such as analgesics, physical therapy, exercises, back school, and routine care from a primary care physician. Radiation of pain, type of manipulation, and use of multiple ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0201/p464.html

St. John's Wort - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2005 - St. John's wort has been used to treat a variety of conditions. Several brands are standardized for content of hypericin and hyperforin, which are among the most researched active components of St. John's wort. St. John's wort has been found to be superior to placebo and equivalent to ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1201/p2249.html

St. John's Wort for Depression - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2005 - St. John’s wort is safe and effective for short-term (six to eight weeks) relief of mild to moderate depression in adults.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0401/p1375.html

Therapeutic Uses of Magnesium - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2009 - Magnesium is an essential mineral for optimal metabolic function. Research has shown that the mineral content of magnesium in food sources is declining, and that magnesium depletion has been detected in persons with some chronic diseases. This has led to an increased awareness of proper...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0715/p157.html

Valerian - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2003 - Valerian is a traditional herbal sleep remedy that has been studied with a variety of methodologic designs using multiple dosages and preparations. Research has focused on subjective evaluations of sleep patterns, particularly sleep latency, and study populations have primarily ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0415/p1755.html

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