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  1. Content type: Research article

    The use of complementary and alternative products including Biological Based Therapy (BBT) has increased among patients with various medical illnesses and conditions. The studies assessing the prevalence of BB...

    Authors: Larisa Chagan, Diane Bernstein, Judy WM Cheng, Harold L Kirschenbaum, Vitalina Rozenfeld, Gina C Caliendo, Joanne Meyer and Bernard Mehl

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:4

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    There is an increasing prevalence of asthma in the Caribbean and patients remain non-compliant to therapy despite the development of guidelines for management and prevention. Some patients may self-medicate wi...

    Authors: Yuri N Clement, Arlene F Williams, Derick Aranda, Ronald Chase, Nadya Watson, Rochelle Mohammed, Odia Stubbs and Deneil Williamson

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:3

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Johrei is an alternative healing practice which involves the channeling of a purported universal healing energy to influence the health of another person. Despite little evidence to support the efficacy of suc...

    Authors: Ryan Taft, Dan Moore and Garret Yount

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:2

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The aerial parts of Vitis vinifera (common grape or European grape) have been widely used in Ayurveda to treat a variety of common and stress related disorders. In the present investigation, the seed extract of V...

    Authors: Satyanarayana Sreemantula, Srinivas Nammi, Rajabhanu Kolanukonda, Sushruta Koppula and Krishna M Boini

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:1

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Duhuo Jisheng Wan (DJW) is perhaps the best known and most widely used Chinese herbal recipe for arthralgia, but the clinical study to verify its efficacy is lacking. The purpose of this study was to compare t...

    Authors: Supanimit Teekachunhatean, Puongtip Kunanusorn, Noppamas Rojanasthien, Kanit Sananpanich, Suwalee Pojchamarnwiputh, Sorasak Lhieochaiphunt and Sumalee Pruksakorn

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:19

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The use of herbal supplements in the United States has become increasingly popular. The prevalence of herbal use among primary care patients varies in previous studies; the pattern of herbal use among urban ra...

    Authors: Grace M Kuo, Sarah T Hawley, L Todd Weiss, Rajesh Balkrishnan and Robert J Volk

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:18

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The flower bud of Syzygium aromaticum (L.) Merr. & Perry. (clove) has been used in Unani medicine since ancient times for the treatment of male sexual disorders. The present study is aimed to investigate the effe...

    Authors: Tajuddin, Shamshad Ahmad, Abdul Latif and Iqbal Ahmad Qasmi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:17

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of aqueous extract of Scoparia dulcis on the occurrence of oxidative stress in the brain of rats during diabetes by measuring the extent of oxidative damage as w...

    Authors: Leelavinothan Pari and Muniappan Latha

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:16

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Despite the growing use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by consumers in the U.S., little is known about the practice of CAM providers. The objective of this study was to describe and compare th...

    Authors: Heather S Boon, Daniel C Cherkin, Janet Erro, Karen J Sherman, Bruce Milliman, Jennifer Booker, Elaine H Cramer, Michael J Smith, Richard A Deyo and David M Eisenberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:14

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this review is to determine the effectiveness of Harpagophytum procumbens preparations in the treatment of various forms of musculoskeletal pain.

    Authors: Joel J Gagnier, Sigrun Chrubasik and Eric Manheimer

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:13

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:7

  11. Content type: Research article

    The morbidity and mortality associated with depression are considerable and continue to increase. Depression currently ranks fourth among the major causes of disability worldwide, after lower respiratory infec...

    Authors: Shahin Akhondzadeh, Hasan Fallah-Pour, Khosro Afkham, Amir-Hossein Jamshidi and Farahnaz Khalighi-Cigaroudi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:12

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The major damaging factor during and after the ischemic/hypoxic insult is the generation of free radicals, which leads to apoptosis, necrosis and ultimately cell death. Rubia cordifolia (RC), Fagonia cretica l...

    Authors: Avinash K Rawal, Manohar G Muddeshwar and Saibal K Biswas

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:11

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  13. Content type: Case report

    Rates of estrogen-dependent cancers are among the highest in Western countries and lower in the East. These variations may be attributable to differences in dietary exposures such as higher seaweed consumption...

    Authors: Christine F Skibola

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:10

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Although back pain is the most common reason patients use complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies, little is known about the willingness of primary care back pain patients to try these therapies....

    Authors: Karen J Sherman, Daniel C Cherkin, Maureen T Connelly, Janet Erro, Jacqueline B Savetsky, Roger B Davis and David M Eisenberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:9

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Diarrhoea is a major health problem for children worldwide, accounting for 5–8 million deaths each year. Arque-Ajeeb (AA) is a compound formulation of Unani medicine. It is reputed for its beneficial effects in t...

    Authors: Mohd Aleem Khan, Naeem Ahmad Khan, Iqbal Ahmad Qasmi, Ghufran Ahmad and Shadab Zafar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:8

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Previous experiments have shown that a decoction of Bauhinia forficata leaves reduces the changes in carbohydrate and protein metabolism that occur in rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes. In the present inv...

    Authors: Maria Teresa Pepato, Amanda Martins Baviera, Regina Célia Vendramini and Iguatemy Lourenço Brunetti

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:7

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Controlled clinical trials produced contradictory results with respect to a specific analgesic effect of acupuncture. There is a lack of large multi-centre acupuncture trials. The German Acupuncture Trial repr...

    Authors: Konrad Streitberger, Steffen Witte, Ulrich Mansmann, Christine Knauer, Jürgen Krämer, Hanns-Peter Scharf and Norbert Victor

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:6

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Practitioners of the alternative medical practice 'external Qigong' generally claim the ability to emit or direct "healing energy" to treat patients. We investigated the ability of experienced Qigong practitio...

    Authors: Garret Yount, Jerry Solfvin, Dan Moore, Marilyn Schlitz, Melissa Reading, Ken Aldape and Yifang Qian

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:5

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Using a rat model we have found that the bioflavonoid silymarin (SY) ameliorates some of the negative consequences of in utero exposure to ethanol (EtOH). In the current study our aim was to determine if spati...

    Authors: Steven Neese, Linda La Grange, Elisharose Trujillo and David Romero

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:4

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to determine, among the Indian community of Chatsworth, South Africa, the prevalence and utilisation patterns of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), attitudes associated...

    Authors: Vimal Singh, Deshandra M Raidoo and Catherine S Harries

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:3

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Despite the substantive literature from survey research that has accumulated on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the United States and elsewhere, very little research has been done to assess con...

    Authors: Carol M Baldwin, Kendall Kroesen, William M Trochim and Iris R Bell

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:2

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Researchers are finding limitations of currently available disease-focused questionnaire tools for outcome studies in complementary and alternative medicine/integrative medicine (CAM/IM).

    Authors: Iris R Bell, Victoria Cunningham, Opher Caspi, Paula Meek and Lynn Ferro

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:1

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The use of CAM is at an all time high. There is very little research that compares the use of CAM in elders by ethnicity in rural settings. The purpose of the study was to determine if there was a difference b...

    Authors: Norma Cuellar, Teresa Aycock, Bridgett Cahill and Julie Ford

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003 3:8

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Arsenic in groundwater and its accumulation in plants and animals have assumed a menacing proportion in a large part of West Bengal, India and adjoining areas of Bangladesh. Because of the tremendous magnitude...

    Authors: P Mallick, J Chakrabarti Mallick, B Guha and AR Khuda-Bukhsh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003 3:7

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Spices are considered as sexual invigorators in the Unani System of Medicine. In order to explore the sexual function improving effect of Myristica fragrans Houtt. (nutmeg) and Syzygium aromaticum (L) Merr. & Per...

    Authors: Tajuddin, Shamshad Ahmad, Abdul Latif and Iqbal Ahmad Qasmi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003 3:6

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The bark of Terminalia arjuna L. (Combretaceae) is used in Ayurveda since ancient times for the treatment of cardiac disorders. Previous laboratory investigations have demonstrated the use of the bark in cardi...

    Authors: Srinivas Nammi, Rambabu Gudavalli, Behara S Ravindra Babu, Durga S Lodagala and Krishna M Boini

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003 3:5

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The leaf juice or water decoction of Catharanthus roseus L. (Apocyanaceae) is used as a folk medicine for the treatment of diabetes all over the world. In the present investigation, the leaf juice of C. roseus ha...

    Authors: Srinivas Nammi, Murthy K Boini, Srinivas D Lodagala and Ravindra Babu S Behara

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003 3:4

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The optimal retrieval of a literature search in biomedicine depends on the appropriate use of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), descriptors and keywords among authors and indexers. We hypothesized that authors,...

    Authors: Linda S Murphy, Sibylle Reinsch, Wadie I Najm, Vivian M Dickerson, Michael A Seffinger, Alan Adams and Shiraz I Mishra

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003 3:3

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  29. Content type: Case report

    Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate preparations are widely used as food supplements against osteoarthritis, but critics are skeptical about their efficacy, because of the lack of convincing clinical trials an...

    Authors: Wim J van Blitterswijk, Jos CM van de Nes and Paul IJM Wuisman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003 3:2

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Many health care professionals use spinal palpatory exams as a primary and well-accepted part of the evaluation of spinal pathology. However, few studies have explored the validity of spinal palpatory exams. T...

    Authors: Wadie I Najm, Michael A Seffinger, Shiraz I Mishra, Vivian M Dickerson, Alan Adams, Sibylle Reinsch, Linda S Murphy and Arnold F Goodman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003 3:1

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, accounting for 13-27% of cases. Kohl-Chikni Dawa (KCD) is reputed for its beneficial effects in the treatment of premature cataracts. However, its efficacy ...

    Authors: Tariq Akram Siddiqui, Shadab Zafar, Nishat Iqbal, Ayasha Nadeem, Zehra Zaidi and Shareef Haider Alavi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002 2:13

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Animal studies investigating the beneficial effects of Puerariae radix on cardiovascular disease have suggested this plant possesses anti-diabetic and lipid lowering properties. However, the exact mechanism by...

    Authors: Jeong-Sook Lee, John Mamo, Nerissa Ho and Sebely Pal

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002 2:12

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  33. Content type: Research article

    We sought to assess whether GFS, a proprietary preparation of Tasmanian Undaria pinnatifida, has effects on healing or re-emergence of Herpetic infections, and additionally, to assess effects of GFS in vitro. Und...

    Authors: Russell Cooper, Charles Dragar, Kate Elliot, JH Fitton, John Godwin and Ken Thompson

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002 2:11

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Using a rat model we have found that the bioflavonoid silymarin (SY) ameliorates some of the negative consequences of in utero exposure to ethanol (EtOH). In the current study our aim was to determine if later...

    Authors: Nicol Moreland, Linda La Grange and Rebecca Montoya

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002 2:10

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  35. Content type: Research article

    There is not enough evidence to support the efficacy of massage for muscle fatigue despite wide utilization of the modality in various clinical settings. This study investigated the influence of massage applic...

    Authors: Tim Hideaki Tanaka, Gerry Leisman, Hidetoshi Mori and Kazushi Nishijo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002 2:9

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  36. Content type: Research article

    This study sought to describe the pattern of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) use among a group of patients with advanced breast cancer, to examine the main reasons for their CAM use, to identify patie...

    Authors: Joannie Shen, Ronald Andersen, Paul S Albert, Neil Wenger, John Glaspy, Melissa Cole and Paul Shekelle

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002 2:8

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (NVP) affects two-thirds of pregnant women to varying degrees and over the years many modalities have been used to try to alleviate this often debilitating condition. There...

    Authors: Taras Hollyer, Heather Boon, Alexia Georgousis, Michael Smith and Adrienne Einarson

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002 2:5

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Crude extracts of Chelidonium majus, and also purified compounds derived from crude extracts of this plant, have been reported to exhibit anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-microbial properties bo...

    Authors: Surjyo Jyoti Biswas and Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002 2:4

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of electroacupuncture (EA), diclofenac and their combination in symptomatic treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.

    Authors: Chaichan Sangdee, Supanimit Teekachunhatean, Kanit Sananpanich, Nantawit Sugandhavesa, Siripong Chiewchantanakit, Suwalee Pojchamarnwiputh and Subhachai Jayasvasti

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002 2:3

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  40. Content type: Research article

    As part of a study aimed at developing new pharmaceutical products from natural resources, the purpose of this research was twofold: (1) to fractionate crude extracts from the bark of Mahonia aquifolium and (2) t...

    Authors: Marta Čerňáková, Daniela Košt'álová, Viktor Kettmann, Miriam Plodová, Jaroslav Tóth and Ján Dřímal

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002 2:2

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Fermented milk products have been shown to affect serum cholesterol concentrations in humans. Kefir, a fermented milk product, has been traditionally consumed for its potential health benefits but has to date ...

    Authors: Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Edward R Farnworth, Tony Savard, Denise Chabot, Akier Mafu and Peter JH Jones

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002 2:1

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  42. Content type: Research article

    While a number of reviews of homeopathic clinical trials have been done, all have used methods dependent on allopathic diagnostic classifications foreign to homeopathic practice. In addition, no review has use...

    Authors: Wayne B Jonas, Rachel L Anderson, Cindy C Crawford and John S Lyons

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2001 1:12

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Ethnomedicines are used by hunters for themselves and their hunting dogs in Trinidad. Plants are used for snakebites, scorpion stings, for injuries and mange of dogs and to facilitate hunting success.

    Authors: Cheryl Lans, Tisha Harper, Karla Georges and Elmo Bridgewater

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2001 1:10

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Cadmium poisoning in the environment has assumed an alarming problem in recent years. Effective antimutagenic agents which can reverse or combat cadmium induced genotoxicity in mice have not yet been reported....

    Authors: Swapna S Datta, Palash P Mallick and Anisur AR Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2001 1:9

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Fibromyalgia engulfs patients in a downward, reinforcing cycle of unrestorative sleep, chronic pain, fatigue, inactivity, and depression. In this study we tested whether a mostly raw vegetarian diet would sign...

    Authors: Michael S Donaldson, Neal Speight and Stephen Loomis

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2001 1:7

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