Category Archive for: ‘Alternative Treatments’

Duke Study: Acupuncture Offers Better Headache Relief Over Medication

By Duke Medicine, Press Release12/2/2008 DURHAM, N.C. – Acupuncture is more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches, according to a new analysis conducted by Duke University Medical Center researchers. The National Institutes of Health recommended acupuncture as a viable treatment for chronic headaches a decade ago and, while research in this field has increased, …

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‘Doing yoga saved my broken back’

9 November 2008By Jane ElliottHealth reporter, BBC News Yoga has long been considered beneficial to the body, but could it be a cure for lower-back pain? Yoga teacher John Aplin is certain that it can. After he broke his back in a walking accident 12 years ago he was impressed by the effect yoga had on his recovery. More… PainCareMD

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Hypnosis and Chronic Pain

BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL HEALTHNovember 05, 2008By Jennifer Gibson, PharmD Chronic pain is a widespread challenge, affecting as many as 50 million Americans, and lacks effective treatment options. The American College of Rheumatology defines chronic pain as pain occurring at least 4 days per week for at least 3 months. If there is pain at 11 or more of the 18 defined trigger …

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Laughter: A Fresh Take On An Old Idea

10/3/2008 1:56:00 AMJuliet BumahPunch On the Web Due to the pressure associated with trying to meet daily challenges, some people go through a whole day without laughing. Contrary to commonly-held beliefs, most laughter is not about humour – it is about relationships between people. A growing body of research supports the theory that laughter has a therapeutic value. A good …

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Alternative Medicine Under the Microscope

By Susan Okie,who is a physician and a national correspondent for the New England Journal of MedicineWashington PostThursday, October 2, 2008 TRICK OR TREATMENT The Undeniable Facts About Alternative Medicine By Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst Norton. 342 pp. $25.95 …Some forms of alternative medicine have been studied extensively, and the results (not surprisingly) are mixed. Homeopathy, the authors conclude, …

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Fish Oil’s Many Pluses

Tuesday, 26 August 2008, 03:00 CDT By Tweed, Vera Vukovic, Laurel …Fish Oil In 2002, the American Heart Association concluded that about 3 g offish oil daily was beneficial for maintaining a healthy heart, and higher doses, with the oversight of a physician, could be beneficial where disease exists. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil cool inflammation, protect the …

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