Alternative Medicines Corner

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  • April 1, 2003

    While the evidence supporting the effectiveness of homeopathy is inconclusive for most conditions, the practice deserves “an open-minded opportunity to demonstrate its value by using...

  • March 1, 2003

    A newly emboldened FDA moved in late February to caution the American public about the risks associated with use of dietary supplements containing ephedra and ephedrine. Acting in the wake of...

  • February 1, 2003

    The weight of evidence supports use of melatonin in helping people get to sleep and readjust the secretions of the pineal gland after jet travel, particularly when traveling from west to east...

  • January 1, 2003

    Clinicians should recommend only those herbal remedies that have well-established efficacy and safety information, according to the pharmacist–author of a review article in the December 19...

  • December 1, 2002

    Phytosterols improve the quality of life (QOL) in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), according to a review of available literature. However, since most studies have lasted for 6 months...