Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Complementary and alternative medicines are treatments and medicines that range from acupuncture and homeopathy to aromatherapy, meditation and yoga. There is a wide range of popular treatments that fall into this category, some of which are based on principles and evidence that are not recognized by scientists. Some treatments have been proven to work for certain health conditions - such as osteopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture effectively treating persistent low back pain.
  1. 19 natural remedies for a headache
    Headaches are a common complaint. Fortunately, there are many natural and home remedies a person can use to get relief. Learn about them here.
  2. How can alternative treatments help with HIV?
    Alternative treatments and natural therapies can complement usual HIV medications to improve a person’s mental and physical health. In this article, we look at the benefits, risks, and possible drug interactions related to alternative therapy in people with HIV.
  3. What to know about marijuana and multiple sclerosis
    Marijuana has many potential uses, which includes the treatment of specific symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Learn more about the possible benefits of marijuana for people with MS here.
  4. Can marijuana ease symptoms of Crohn's disease?
    In regions where it is legal, many doctors are prescribing medical marijuana to treat certain conditions. Some small studies suggest that marijuana may also have the potential to relieve symptoms of Crohn’s disease. However, more research is necessary to confirm these findings. Learn more here.
  5. Can D-mannose treat a UTI?
    D-mannose is a type of sugar that researchers believe may help treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). Learn more about the studies, conclusions, and possible dosage here.
  6. What are the benefits of glutathione?
    Glutathione is an antioxidant that helps make proteins in the body and may have a variety of other health benefits. Learn more about the effects of glutathione here.
  7. How safe are probiotics?
    Products that contain probiotics are more popular than ever. A recent article asks if they are safe and whether the evidence backs up their claims.
  8. Vitamin D deficiency increases schizophrenia risk
    New research confirms that there is a link between vitamin D deficiency in early life and an increased risk of developing schizophrenia later on.
  9. 5 natural ways to reduce breast size
    Breast tissue is largely made up of fatty materials. Losing body fat is one effective way to reduce breast size naturally. In this article, we look at five methods people can use to reduce breast size, or the appearance of breasts.
  10. 10 ways to boost libido
    Sex drive, or libido, naturally varies between people. If a person wants to boost their libido, there are many methods they can try, including lifestyle, diet, remedies, and sex tips. Here, we look at ways to boost libido in both males and females.
  11. How can you clear up sinus congestion?
    Sinus congestion occurs when fluid becomes trapped in the sinuses. Home remedies including hydration, steam inhalation, and using eucalyptus oil, among others. Learn more about clearing up sinus congestion here.
  12. Hypnotherapy can help manage IBS symptoms
    Irritable bowel syndrome affects many people's quality of life. New research now suggests, however, that hypnotherapy sessions can help relieve symptoms.
  13. Benefits of passionflower for anxiety and insomnia
    People have used passionflower for medicinal purposes for centuries. In this article, learn how it may help reduce anxiety and improve sleep. We also cover the possible risks.
  14. Foot massage techniques and benefits
    Massaging the feet is an easy way to relax and help reduce aches and pains. In this article, learn about simple foot massage techniques that a person can carry out on themselves or others.
  15. Does bromelain have any health benefits?
    Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes extracted from pineapples. People use bromelain as a health supplement. Learn about the benefits and risks of bromelain here.
  16. What are the best sleeping pills?
    The best sleeping pill will depend on a person’s sleep patterns and needs. People with insomnia and those with jet lag, for instance, may benefit from different medications. Learn about the types, effectiveness, and safety of several sleeping pills here.
  17. 6 uses of Tiger Balm
    Tiger Balm is a popular home remedy for pain. It contains several active ingredients that may reduce swelling and numb the skin. Learn more about how to use Tiger Balm here.
  18. Benefits of oil pulling with coconut oil
    Oil pulling is a method of cleansing the mouth by swishing oil around for up to 20 minutes. Learn about the possible benefits oil pulling with coconut oil here.
  19. Benefits of soaking your feet in vinegar
    Vinegar has antimicrobial properties that make it useful for a variety of conditions. Using vinegar on the feet may provide relief from foot odor, athlete's foot, and warts. It is simple to make and safe to use in moderate quantities for most people. Learn how to make and use a vinegar foot soak here.
  20. Natural colon cleanses: Everything you need to know
    A colon cleanse is an alternative remedy that some people claim removes waste and toxins from the colon. Learn about natural colon cleanses and whether they work here.
  21. How aspirin and omega-3 may reduce cancer risk
    A new clinical trial suggests that taking aspirin and an omega-3 fatty acid can decrease the number of precancerous growths in the colon.
  22. Alpha-lipoic acid: Everything you need to know
    Alpha-lipoic acid is a natural compound with antioxidant properties and other potential health benefits. In this article, learn about its uses and side effects.
  23. How do you make mosquito bites go away faster?
    Mosquito bites are a common occurrence that can cause inflammation and itching. The bites are usually not harmful themselves, but mosquitoes may carry disease. Potential home remedies include using ice, honey, and aloe vera. Prevention methods include using repellent and covering the skin when possible.
  24. Health benefits of apple cider vinegar
    Apple cider vinegar is a common ingredient in foods and dressings. Some small studies and case reports also suggest that apple cider vinegar has a range of health benefits. Learn more here.
  25. A simple type of daily meditation may alter the course of Alzheimer's
    Simple mind-body practices altered potential cell aging and Alzheimer's biomarkers. The changes linked directly to improved cognition and other functions.
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