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. Can essential oils reduce varicose veins?
    Varicose veins occur when blood pools in the veins as it tries to return to the heart to pick up fresh oxygen. They are common in people's legs as they age and can be irritating and often painful. We discuss some essential oils and other treatments that may ease symptoms and reduce the appearance of varicose veins.
  2. Eight benefits of avocado oil for the skin
    Cooking with avocado oil has many well-known advantages, but the oil can also benefit the skin. Here, we look at the research behind its many healing properties. Learn how avocado oil can soothe burns, reduce dandruff, moisturize the face, and reduce inflammation. We also describe the best ways to apply it to the skin.
  3. How to relieve fibromyalgia pain
    Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes chronic pain. The pain caused by fibromyalgia may be treated with specific pain relief drugs, or with natural methods, such as acupuncture and exercise. In this article, learn about scientifically proven methods to improve fibromyalgia pain symptoms.
  4. Can I get rid of a mole by myself?
    Some people use home remedies to get rid of their moles. However, these remedies have not been proven to be safe or effective. Instead, people are advised to see a dermatologist about any moles they are concerned about. In this article, we look at 14 home remedies that some say could lead to mole removal.
  5. COPD: Tai chi a 'viable alternative' to standard treatment
    Researchers conducted a randomized trial that examined the benefits of tai chi for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  6. Is meditation the answer to cognitive decline?
    Could meditation be a useful tool in the fight against cognitive decline? This week, the first study to investigate its long-term impact is released.
  7. How do you prevent pimples?
    Several factors can cause acne, but simple hygiene techniques and lifestyle changes can often prevent pimples from forming. Washing regularly and reducing stress are some of the best ways to ward off this common skin issue. Here, learn more about effective methods of prevention and treatment.
  8. Treating endometriosis symptoms at home
    Endometriosis is a common condition among women. During menstrual periods it can cause severe pain, cramping, and heavy bleeding. While there is currently no cure, several home remedies have been shown to alleviate symptoms. Here, learn more about home remedies, causes of endometriosis, and when to see a doctor.
  9. What essential oils are good for the flu?
    Essential oils have been used for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years. Research is beginning to confirm that many essential oils can help fight off the flu virus, including eucalyptus oil, bergamot oil, and lemon balm. In this article, learn about how to use six essential oils safely and if there are any risks.
  10. How to use a baking soda bath
    Baking soda baths are used for a variety of purposes, including as a skin detox and to relieve itching and irritation from eczema, yeast infections, UTIs, and more. Learn how to make a baking soda bath and whether there are any risks. We also look at additional remedies using baking soda and other types of detox baths.
  11. How to treat whiteheads on the nose
    Whiteheads are stubborn acne lesions that develop just under the skin. The nose is a common site for whiteheads to form, as this part of the face produces a lot of oil and is touched frequently throughout the day. We look at several ways to treat whiteheads on the nose, as well as how to prevent them in the future.
  12. Why do I have dark spots on my lips?
    Black spots on the lips can indicate many things, from vitamin deficiency and dehydration to a variety of skin conditions. Learn more about these causes, and when to see a doctor, here. In this article, we also explore home remedies and other treatment options, as well as ways to prevent black spots from forming.
  13. What does rice water do for your hair?
    Rice water has been used as a traditional beauty treatment for centuries. It is said to make the hair strong, smooth, and shiny. It may also help it grow longer without split ends. In this article, we look at the scientific evidence behind these claims to find out whether rice water is an effective beauty treatment.
  14. I tried leech therapy, and it was unpleasant
    Leech therapy has been around since the dawn of civilization, and it is still practiced today. I gave it a try and here's what it felt like.
  15. How long does a yeast infection take to go away?
    Vaginal yeast infections are common and the result of an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. How long vaginal yeast infections last can vary, depending on their severity and what treatment is used. Learn more about what to expect and home remedies that may be worth trying to treat the infection and ease the symptoms.
  16. How to get rid of burn scars
    Treating burn scars depends on the severity of the burn and how recently it occurred. The article examines the various types of burn scars, how to remove or reduce existing burn scars, and how to prevent new scars developing. Also, learn about how to treat a burn in the first instance and possible complications.
  17. Can baking soda treat a UTI?
    In this article, we take a closer look at how safe and effective baking soda is for treating urinary tract infections, otherwise known as UTIs. Also, we recommend other home remedies and treatments for the symptoms of UTIs, which can be uncomfortable and debilitating but are a common occurrence, especially for women.
  18. What to do when you can't stop sneezing
    Sometimes sneezing is a mild annoyance, other times it can impact everyday life. Fortunately, there is a range of things to try that might stop the sneezing. This article looks at some simple tips and tricks that may work, including pinching the nose or saying an unusual word before sneezing. Learn all about them here.
  19. Why self-love is important and how to cultivate it
    Moving from a self-criticizing inner voice — the hallmark of perfectionism — to a more compassionate one can be challenging. Here's our guide to help you.
  20. Are there natural ways to prevent cavities?
    Many home remedies can prevent cavities or stop them at a very early stage. Find out more about causes, preventive strategies, and when to see a dentist.
  21. Is clove oil effective for toothache?
    In this article, we look at the evidence for clove oil as a treatment for toothache, and investigate whether it has any possible side effects.
  22. Can yogurt treat a yeast infection?
    Yogurt is a popular home remedy for yeast infections, and research supports its use. Learn how it works, how to use it, and when to see a doctor here.
  23. How to get rid of blood-filled pimples
    Blood-filled pimples occur after someone picks, squeezes, or pops a regular pimple. Learn about how to treat and prevent them here.
  24. Is olive oil a good moisturizer for your face?
    Olive oil has many nutritional benefits when consumed, but it is also frequently applied to the skin and hair. Learn more about how to use it.
  25. How to shrink the prostate naturally
    Learn about natural remedies for an enlarged prostate, all of which encourage good prostate health. Included is detail on lifestyle tips and causes.
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