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  1. Complementary and Alternative Medicine use and how it impacts health care utilization in the United States Military is not well documented. Using data from the Millennium Cohort Study we describe the character...

    Authors: Martin R White, Isabel G Jacobson, Besa Smith, Timothy S Wells, Gary D Gackstetter, Edward J Boyko and Tyler C Smith

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:27

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  2. Most research on the impact of mind-body training does not ask about participants' baseline experience, expectations, or preferences for training. To better plan participant-centered mind-body intervention tri...

    Authors: Kathi Kemper, Sally Bulla, Deborah Krueger, Mary Jane Ott, Jane A McCool and Paula Gardiner

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:26

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  3. Arctium lappa, known as burdock, is widely used in popular medicine for hypertension, gout, hepatitis and other inflammatory disorders. Pharmacological studies indicated that burdock roots have hepatoprotective,...

    Authors: Fabricia S Predes, Ana LTG Ruiz, João E Carvalho, Mary A Foglio and Heidi Dolder

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:25

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  4. Acorus calamus (family: Araceae), is an indigenous plant, traditionally it is used as an ingredient of various cocktail preparations and for the management of severe inflammatory disorders in Indian system of me...

    Authors: Arunachalam Muthuraman and Nirmal Singh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:24

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight et Arn. (Mimosaceae) is largely used in ethno-medically across Africa, and mainly employed for the treatment of asthma in Ivory Coast and Gabon. The paper analyses the relaxation...

    Authors: Raissa RR Aworet-Samseny, Alain Souza, Fidele Kpahé, Kiessoun Konaté and Jacques Y Datté

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:23

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Acupuncture can be described as a complex intervention. In reports of clinical trials the mechanism of acupuncture (that is, the process by which change is effected) is often left unstated or not known. This i...

    Authors: Sarah Price, Andrew F Long, Mary Godfrey and Kate J Thomas

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:22

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Vitiligo is a common hypopigmentation disorder with significant psychological impact if occurring before adulthood. A pilot clinical trial to determine the feasibility of an RCT was conducted and is reported h...

    Authors: Orest Szczurko, Neil Shear, Anna Taddio and Heather Boon

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:21

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Preoperative anxiety and physical unfitness have been shown to have adverse effects on recovery from cardiac surgery. This study involving cardiac surgery patients was primarily aimed at assessing the feasibil...

    Authors: Franklin Rosenfeldt, Lesley Braun, Ondine Spitzer, Scott Bradley, Judy Shepherd, Michael Bailey, Juliana van der Merwe, Jee -Yoong Leong and Donald Esmore

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:20

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Attention and interest in the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has been reawakened globally. Evidence from studies carried out in different parts of the world has established that CAM use is...

    Authors: Jane-lovena E Onyiapat, Ijeoma L Okoronkwo and Ngozi P Ogbonnaya

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:19

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Vaginal candidiasis is a frequent and common distressing disease affecting up to 75% of the women of fertile age; most of these women have recurrent episodes. Essential oils from aromatic plants have been show...

    Authors: Donatella Pietrella, Letizia Angiolella, Elisabetta Vavala, Anna Rachini, Francesca Mondello, Rino Ragno, Francesco Bistoni and Anna Vecchiarelli

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:18

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  11. The present study was conducted to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo antioxidant properties of aqueous extract of Podophyllum hexandrum. The antioxidant potential of the plant extract under in vitro situations wa...

    Authors: Showkat Ahmad Ganie, Ehtishamul Haq, Abid Hamid, Yasrib Qurishi, Zahid Mahmood, Bilal Ahmad Zargar, Akbar Masood and Mohmmad Afzal Zargar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:17

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  12. Black elderberries (Sambucus nigra L.) are well known as supportive agents against common cold and influenza. It is further known that bacterial super-infection during an influenza virus (IV) infection can lead t...

    Authors: Christian Krawitz, Mobarak Abu Mraheil, Michael Stein, Can Imirzalioglu, Eugen Domann, Stephan Pleschka and Torsten Hain

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:16

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  13. Experimental studies have revealed that green tea catechins and theanine prevent influenza infection, while the clinical evidence has been inconclusive. This study was conducted to determine whether taking gre...

    Authors: Keiji Matsumoto, Hiroshi Yamada, Norikata Takuma, Hitoshi Niino and Yuko M Sagesaka

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:15

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  14. Several herbs are traditionally used in the treatment of a variety of ailments particularly in the rural areas of South Africa where herbal medicine is mainly the source of health care system. Many of these he...

    Authors: Mary A Bisi-Johnson, Chikwelu L Obi, Toshio Hattori, Yoshiteru Oshima, Shenwei Li, Learnmore Kambizi, Jacobus N Eloff and Sandeep D Vasaikar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:14

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  15. Food preservation is basically done to preserve the natural characteristics and appearance of the food and to increase the shelf life of food. Food preservatives in use are natural, chemical and artificial. Ke...

    Authors: Deepika Gupta and Rajinder K Gupta

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:13

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  16. Many medicinal plants from Leguminosae family can be found easily in Malaysia. These plants have been used as traditional medicines by local ethnic groups, where they are prepared as decoction, pastes for woun...

    Authors: Yik Ling Chew, Elaine Wan Ling Chan, Pei Ling Tan, Yau Yan Lim, Johnson Stanslas and Joo Kheng Goh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:12

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  17. Conventionally the active ingredients in herbal extracts are separated into individual components, by fractionation, desalting, and followed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). In this study we h...

    Authors: Annirudha J Chillar, Parastoo Karimi, Kathy Tang and Ke-He Ruan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:11

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  18. Cytokines play a key role in the immune response to developing tumors, and therefore modulating their levels and actions provides innovative strategies for enhancing the activity of antigen presenting cells an...

    Authors: Heba A Alshaker, Nidal A Qinna, Fadi Qadan, Mona Bustami and Khalid Z Matalka

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:9

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) in the intestines is an inflammatory condition which activates leukocytes and reactive oxygen species (ROS) and leads to lipid peroxidation and DNA damage. Bilberry and chokeberry fr...

    Authors: Maja Jakesevic, Kjersti Aaby, Grethe-Iren A Borge, Bengt Jeppsson, Siv Ahrné and Göran Molin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:8

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  20. Extracts of Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort) have been traditionally recommended for a wide range of medical conditions, in particular mild-to-moderate depression. The present study was designed to investig...

    Authors: Rosalia Crupi, Emanuela Mazzon, Angela Marino, Giuseppina La Spada, Placido Bramanti, Fortunato Battaglia, Salvatore Cuzzocrea and Edoardo Spina

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:7

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  21. Many plants of the family Moraceae are used in the treatment of infectious diseases. Ficus polita Vahl., an edible plant belonging to this family is used traditionally in case of dyspepsia, infectious diseases, a...

    Authors: Victor Kuete, Justin Kamga, Louis P Sandjo, Bathelemy Ngameni, Herve MP Poumale, Pantaleon Ambassa and Bonaventure T Ngadjui

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:6

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  22. Indian medicinal plants used in the Ayurvedic traditional system to treat diabetes are a valuable source of novel anti-diabetic agents. Pancreatic α-amylase inhibitors offer an effective strategy to lower the ...

    Authors: Sudha P, Smita S Zinjarde, Shobha Y Bhargava and Ameeta R Kumar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:5

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  23. Several studies have found that a high proportion of the population in western countries use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). However, little is known about whether CAM is offered in hospitals. Th...

    Authors: Laila J Salomonsen, Lasse Skovgaard, Søren la Cour, Lisbeth Nyborg, Laila Launsø and Vinjar Fønnebø

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:4

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  24. Studies have shown that the barks and roots of some Apocynaceae species have anticancer and antimalarial properties. In this study, leaf extracts of five selected species of Apocynaceae used in traditional med...

    Authors: Siu Kuin Wong, Yau Yan Lim, Noor Rain Abdullah and Fariza Juliana Nordin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:3

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  25. Research has identified women in rural and remote areas as higher users of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners than their urban counterparts. However, we currently know little about what...

    Authors: Jon Adams, David Sibbritt and Chi-Wai Lui

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:2

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  26. Both resveratrol and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) are frequently used in complementary and alternative medicine. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms for potential health benefits of resveratr...

    Authors: Anika E Wagner, Christine Boesch-Saadatmandi, Dorothea Breckwoldt, Charlotte Schrader, Constance Schmelzer, Frank Döring, Koji Hashida, Osamu Hori, Seiichi Matsugo and Gerald Rimbach

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:1

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  27. Honey is a highly nutritional natural product that has been widely used in folk medicine for a number of therapeutic purposes. We evaluated whether Malaysian Tualang honey (AgroMas, Malaysia) was effective in ...

    Authors: Siti SM Zaid, Siti A Sulaiman, Kuttulebbai NM Sirajudeen and Nor H Othman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:82

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  28. Deqi is defined in relation to acupuncture needling as a sensory perception of varying character. In a recently published sham laser validation study, we found that subjects in the verum and the sham laser gro...

    Authors: Norbert Salih, Petra I Bäumler, Michael Simang and Dominik Irnich

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:81

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  29. The Daming capsule (DMC) is a traditional Chinese medicine used to treat hyperlipoidemia. Both clinic trials and studies on animal models have demonstrated that DMC is beneficial against diabetic symptoms. Imp...

    Authors: Jing Ai, Li-Hong Wang, Rong Zhang, Guo-Fen Qiao, Ning Wang, Li-Hua Sun, Guan-Yi Lu, Chao Sun and Bao-Feng Yang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:80

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  30. Dozens of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formulas have been used for promotion of "blood production" for centuries, and we are interested in developing novel thrombopoietic medicines from these TCMs. Our p...

    Authors: Chang Liu, Jianqin Li, Fan Yi Meng, Simon X Liang, Ruixia Deng, Chi Kong Li, NH Pong, Ching Po Lau, Sau Wan Cheng, Jie Yu Ye, Jian L Chen, ST Yang, Haixia Yan, Shilin Chen, Beng H Chong and Mo Yang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:79

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  31. Corydalis cava Schweigg. & Koerte, the plant of numerous pharmacological activities, together with the studied earlier by our group Chelidonium majus L. (Greater Celandine), belong to the family Papaveraceae. Th...

    Authors: Robert Nawrot, Maria Wolun-Cholewa, Wojciech Bialas, Danuta Wyrzykowska, Stanislaw Balcerkiewicz and Anna Gozdzicka-Jozefiak

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:78

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  32. There is increasing recognition that many of today's diseases are due to the "oxidative stress" that results from an imbalance between the formation and neutralization of reactive molecules such as reactive ox...

    Authors: Mehar Darukhshan Kalim, Dipto Bhattacharyya, Anindita Banerjee and Sharmila Chattopadhyay

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:77

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  33. Evidence suggests that both green tea polyphenols (GTP) and Tai Chi (TC) exercise may benefit bone health in osteopenic women. However, their safety in this population has never been systematically investigate...

    Authors: Chwan-Li Shen, Ming-Chien Chyu, Barbara C Pence, James K Yeh, Yan Zhang, Carol K Felton, Susan Doctolero and Jia-Sheng Wang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:76

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  34. Approximately two thirds of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) respond well to hypnotherapy. However, it is time consuming as well as expensive to provide and therefore a way of predicting outcome wo...

    Authors: Helen R Carruthers, Julie Morris, Nicholas Tarrier and Peter J Whorwell

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:75

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  35. The collaborative treatment of acupuncture in addition to routine care as an approach for the management of low back pain (LBP) is receiving increasing recognition from both public and professional arenas. In ...

    Authors: Namkwen Kim, Bongmin Yang, Taejin Lee and Soonman Kwon

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:74

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  36. Hypericum perforatum is a medicinal plant species containing many polyphenolic compounds, namely flavonoids and phenolic acids. In this study we evaluate the effect of Hypericum perforatum in animal model of per...

    Authors: Irene Paterniti, Enrico Briguglio, Emanuela Mazzon, Maria Galuppo, Giacomo Oteri, Giancarlo Cordasco and Salvatore Cuzzocrea

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:73

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  37. With a traditional medical use for treatment of various ailments, herbal preparations of Echinacea are now popularly used to improve immune responses. One likely mode of action is that alkamides from Echinacea bi...

    Authors: Lankun Wu, Eric W Rowe, Ksenija Jeftinija, Srdija Jeftinija, Ludmila Rizshsky, Basil J Nikolau, Jodi McKay, Marian Kohut and Eve Syrkin Wurtele

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:72

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  38. The leaves of Dissotis rotundifolia are used ethnomedically across Africa without scientific basis or safety concerns. Determination of its phytochemical constituents, antimicrobial activity, effects on the gastr...

    Authors: Tavs A Abere, Pius E Okoto and Freddy O Agoreyo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:71

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  39. Influenza is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. The recent pandemic of a novel H1N1 influenza virus has stressed the importance of the search for effective treatments for this disease. Essential o...

    Authors: Shuhua Wu, Krupa B Patel, Leland J Booth, Jordan P Metcalf, Hsueh-Kung Lin and Wenxin Wu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:69

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  40. Agarwood (Aquilaria sinensis), well known as incense in Southeast Asia, has been used as a digestive in traditional medicine. We investigated the laxative effects of an ethanol extract of agarwood leaves (EEA) in...

    Authors: Mamoru Kakino, Shigemi Tazawa, Hiroe Maruyama, Kazuhiro Tsuruma, Yoko Araki, Masamitsu Shimazawa and Hideaki Hara

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:68

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  41. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-proliferative properties, and depending upon the experimental circumstances, may be pro- or anti-apoptotic. Many of these biological actions could amelior...

    Authors: Jun Ma, Lynetta Phillips, Ying Wang, Tiane Dai, Janine LaPage, Rama Natarajan and Sharon G Adler

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:67

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  42. For CAM to feature prominently in health care decision-making there is a need to expand the evidence-base and to further incorporate economic evaluation into research priorities.

    Authors: Emily Ford, Daniela Solomon, Jon Adams and Nicholas Graves

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:66

    Content type: Correspondence

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  43. Use of essential oils for controlling Candida albicans growth has gained significance due to the resistance acquired by pathogens towards a number of widely-used drugs. The aim of this study was to test the antif...

    Authors: Amit K Tyagi and Anushree Malik

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:65

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  44. The evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance, as well as the evolution of new strains of disease causing agents, is of great concern to the global health community. Our ability to effectively treat diseas...

    Authors: Frank M Frey and Ryan Meyers

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:64

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  45. The current treatment of onchocerciasis relies on the use of ivermectin which is only microfilaricidal and for which resistant parasite strains of veterinary importance are increasingly being detected. In the ...

    Authors: Fidelis Cho-Ngwa, Melanie Abongwa, Moses N Ngemenya and Kennedy D Nyongbela

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:62

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  46. Recently, proteins and peptides have become an added value to foodstuffs due to new knowledge about its structural analyses as related to antioxidant and anticancer activity. Our goal was to evaluate if protei...

    Authors: Ana M Preza, María E Jaramillo, Ana M Puebla, Juan C Mateos, Rodolfo Hernández and Eugenia Lugo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:61

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Abalone has long been used as a valuable food source in East Asian countries. Although the nutritional importance of abalone has been reported through in vitro and in vivo studies, there is little evidence about ...

    Authors: Choong-Gu Lee, Ho-Keun Kwon, Jae Ha Ryu, Sung Jin Kang, Chang-Rok Im, Jae II Kim and Sin-Hyeog Im

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:60

    Content type: Research article

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