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. Acupuncture may reduce menopause symptoms
    A recent study investigated whether acupuncture might be a useful, nonpharmaceutical way to minimize some of the symptoms that occur during menopause.
  2. This Japanese plant could hold the key to extended youth
    New research finds that a compound in a traditional Japanese medicinal plant could boost cellular health and protect against the ill effects of aging.
  3. Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD
    New research suggests that practicing transcendental meditation over approximately 3 months can effectively fight symptoms of PTSD and improve depression.
  4. Home remedies for menstrual cramp relief
    Menstrual cramps are a common symptom of periods. They may cause mild discomfort in some people but severe pain in others. Learn about a variety of home remedies, such as heating pads and massage, here.
  5. Which essential oils can relieve anxiety?
    Some research has suggested that aromatherapy with essential oils may help promote relaxation and relieve anxiety. Learn about the best essential oils for anxiety, as well as how to use them, here.
  6. What to know about skin ulcers
    There are many types of skin ulcers, with different causes and treatments. In this article, we look at the symptoms of skin ulcers and common types, as well as treatments and home remedies.
  7. Hemp oil benefits list
    The potential benefits of hemp oil include improved heart, skin, and brain health. Research is ongoing, and it might uncover additional benefits. Learn more about the benefits of hemp oil here.
  8. The best home remedies for arthritis
    Many home remedies can help relieve arthritis symptoms, including yoga, massage, and omega-3 fatty acids. Learn more about these and other home remedies for arthritis here.
  9. How to use 4-7-8 breathing for anxiety
    The 4-7-8 breathing technique, or relaxation breath, is a method for reducing anxiety and promoting sleep. This article covers how to do it, its uses, and apps that can help people practice it.
  10. Just 8 weeks of yoga benefit rheumatoid arthritis
    A new randomized trial examined the effects of an intensive yoga regimen in people with rheumatoid arthritis and found that the practice aids remission.
  11. Chronic pain relief: Mindfulness may be just as good as CBT
    A new analysis compares the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy with those of mindfulness-based stress reduction for relieving chronic pain.
  12. Removing plaque and tartar from teeth
    The buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth can cause bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. However, several simple home remedies can help treat and prevent plaque and tartar. Learn more here.
  13. Dementia: The worrying 'rise of pseudomedicine'
    In a recent article, a team of neurologists attacks an ongoing increase in pseudomedicine that claims to protect brain health and treat dementia.
  14. Home remedies for calluses
    Calluses are hard, thickened areas of skin that result from excessive rubbing or pressure. Although they can be uncomfortable, calluses are rarely serious, and a person can usually treat them at home. Here, we discuss seven home remedies for getting rid of calluses.
  15. Menopause: Mindfulness may reduce symptoms
    A new study concludes that mindfulness might help menopausal women who struggle with symptoms that can include irritability, depression, and anxiety.
  16. Best 6 ways to relieve chapped lips
    Chapped lips are a common and uncomfortable problem. In this article, we look at ways to get rid of chapped lips, including home remedies and tips for prevention. We also describe the causes of chapped lips.
  17. Which herbs can help with psoriasis?
    Herbs have a long history in the treatment of skin conditions. Recent review studies suggest that certain herbs can help with the symptoms of psoriasis. In this article, we look at the effectiveness and side effects of herbs and other plant treatments for psoriasis.
  18. The health benefits of macadamia oil
    Macadamia oil is a healthful source of unsaturated fats, vitamins, and minerals. Its high smoke point makes it an ideal oil for cooking with, but some people also use the pure oil as a skin moisturizer or hair conditioner. Learn more about the health benefits of macadamia oil here.
  19. How much omega-3 should you get each day?
    The amount of omega-3 a person needs each day depends on their age and sex. People with certain health conditions, including heart disease, depression, and cancer, may benefit from taking extra omega-3. Learn more about how much omega-3 to take each day here.
  20. Top 12 natural remedies for eczema
    Many natural remedies can relieve the dry, itchy skin that eczema causes, including aloe vera, coconut oil, special baths, and essential oils. In this article, we discuss the best natural remedies for eczema and how to use them.
  21. Does biotin help with psoriasis?
    Some people use supplements of biotin, or vitamin B-7, to manage the symptoms of psoriasis. In this article, we look at the effectiveness, risks, and alternatives to biotin for psoriasis.
  22. Can tamanu oil help with psoriasis?
    Tamanu oil is a traditional remedy for various skin conditions. In this article, we look at the effectiveness of tamanu oil for treating psoriasis. We also consider the other uses and possible risks of this oil and provide alternative natural treatment options.
  23. Is Lactobacillus acidophilus good for health?
    Lactobacillus acidophilus is a common probiotic that is available as a dietary supplement and is an ingredient in yogurts and other fermented foods. Research suggests that consuming this probiotic can support digestion and prevent or treat a number of conditions. Learn more here.
  24. Can castor oil help with psoriasis?
    Many people with psoriasis use castor oil both to moisturize and to soothe flare-ups. In this article, we look at what the research says, how to use castor oil, and which types to try.
  25. Home remedies to ease a hangover
    A hangover can leave someone with fatigue, nausea, and muscle aches. Many people swear by certain hangover cures, but do home remedies really help? In this article, we look at five of the best hangover cures and the science behind them.
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