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 a vitamin combo prolong your life?
    A new review finds that 30 known vitamins and minerals, as well as 11 other compounds, are crucial to maintaining health and prolonging the lifespan.
  2. Can you take too much magnesium?
    Magnesium is essential for health, but taking too much can cause problems, including digestive issues, lethargy, and an irregular heartbeat. In rare cases, an overdose can be fatal. Learn more here.
  3. How to make a heating pad at home
    Heating pads can relieve muscle aches and cramps, and help injuries heal. In this article, learn three ways to make a homemade heating pad.
  4. Cancer: Alternative therapies are popular but risky
    Two new studies show that the use of complementary and alternative medicines is widespread among people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
  5. Vitamin A supplements could harm bone health
    Vitamin A is necessary in supporting your health, but can it jeopardize the strength of your bones, and if so, when? A new study answers these questions.
  6. Health benefits of elderberry
    Elderberry fruit is a traditional natural remedy for colds and flus. Some research backs up these claims, though more research is needed. In this article, we look at the possible health benefits and risks of medicinal elderberries.
  7. Top 5 natural antihistamines for allergies
    Certain plant extracts and natural products may have antihistamine properties, meaning they can reduce allergy symptoms. Learn about five natural antihistamines, and what the evidence says here.
  8. Some chiropractic treatments can harm eyesight
    A new case study warns that certain chiropractic techniques can lead to problems with vision due to their direct effect on the eye's retina.
  9. Can evening primrose oil help induce labor?
    Evening primrose oil is a popular natural remedy, and many people believe it can help to induce labor. But does it work, and is it safe? Learn more here.
  10. Home remedies and lifestyle tips for reducing acid reflux
    Acid reflux is very common and occurs when stomach acid flows back up into the food pipe, where it causes heartburn. Home remedies and lifestyle tips that can reduce or prevent acid reflux include losing weight, keeping a food diary, eating regular meals, and raising the head of the bed. Learn more here.
  11. Can apple cider vinegar help with eczema?
    Proponents believe that apple cider vinegar can reduce symptoms of eczema by balancing the skin’s pH level. However, the vinegar can also burn sensitive areas. Here, learn about the benefits and risks of using this natural remedy.
  12. How to use coconut oil for eczema
    Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer. It can soothe dry, itchy skin resulting from eczema and help prevent infection. In this article, we look at how to use coconut oil for eczema, other benefits, and risks.
  13. Does a foot detox work? What the research says
    Some people believe that a foot detox can remove toxins from the body and leave people feeling refreshed. While foot detox machines are available, people can also make their own footbaths at home. These footbaths can help remove dirt and dead skin, as well as aiding relaxation. Learn more about foot detoxes here.
  14. Do low vitamin D levels increase breast cancer risk?
    New research finds more evidence that low levels of vitamin D are linked to a heightened risk of breast cancer. Obesity is also a factor, authors confirm.
  15. What are the benefits of protein powder?
    People can use protein powder to supplement their protein intake, help build muscle, aid muscle recovery, and encourage healthy weight loss. In this article, learn about these and other health benefits of protein powder. We also cover the different types of protein powder and when and how to use them.
  16. Which essential oils can help with ear infections?
    Some essential oils have antimicrobial or antiviral properties, which makes them possible candidates for treating ear infections. Some people find that placing a small amount of diluted essential oil into or around the ear can help reduce the symptoms of ear infections, such as swelling and discharge. Learn more here.
  17. Can apple cider vinegar help with arthritis?
    Some people find that apple cider vinegar improves the symptoms of arthritis, including swelling, pain, and inflammation. But does it work, and is it safe? In this article, we look at the link between apple cider vinegar and arthritis, safety, and alternative home remedies, including cherry juice.
  18. Can apple cider vinegar help relieve constipation?
    Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy for various health issues. Some people believe that it can act as a laxative, helping to relieve constipation and bloating. In this article, we discuss how effective and safe it is to consume apple cider vinegar. We also cover other natural remedies for constipation.
  19. How to cope with COPD fatigue
    Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) makes breathing difficult, which can impact on a person's energy levels and lead to fatigue. People with COPD can improve how much energy they have and reduce fatigue with lifestyle changes, including breathing exercises, eating well, and exercising regularly. Learn more here.
  20. Natural ways to improve insulin sensitivity
    Low insulin sensitivity can cause blood sugar levels to become too high and may lead to type 2 diabetes. Natural ways of improving insulin sensitivity include exercising more, getting enough sleep, eating a diet rich in saturated fats and soluble fiber, and taking certain dietary supplements. Learn more here.
  21. Home remedies to clean your ears
    Earwax naturally keeps the ear clean, free of debris, and protected from infections. Most of the time, washing around the ears is enough to keep them clean. However, in some cases, a person may wish to clean their ears. In this article, we give examples of at-home methods to clean the ears safely plus what not to do.
  22. These supplements may actually harm your health
    A new study finds that numerous weight loss and fitness supplements contain unsafe amounts of a substance that may harm cardiovascular health.
  23. What is the best home treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
    Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection that causes skin lumps, which can be itchy. Home remedies, such as apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil, can relieve symptoms. Medical treatments are also an option. Learn about home remedies for molluscum contagiosum and how to prevent it from spreading here.
  24. What to eat if you have PCOS
    Research has consistently shown that people can reduce the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome by following a healthful diet. In this article, learn about the best diets for PCOS, including a low glycemic index diet, anti-inflammatory diet, and DASH diet. We also cover which foods to avoid.
  25. What causes itchy nipples while breastfeeding?
    Itchy nipples are a common complaint, especially in the initial weeks of breastfeeding. In this article, learn about the causes of itchy nipples and breasts while breastfeeding, including thrush, a bad latch, contact dermatitis, and the let-down reflex. We also cover how to get relief at home and when to see a doctor.
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