Alternative Medicines Corner

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  • May 2, 2001
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    Botanical products containing the plant Aristolochia damage patients’ renal and urinary systems, causing end-stage nephropathy and urothelial carcinoma. This can lead to a need...

  • May 1, 2001
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    Administration of Lactobacillus rhamnosus (Lactobacillus GG) to pregnant women and their babies reduced the frequency of atopic eczema in high-risk infants. This therapy may...

  • April 1, 2001
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    In a well-designed study, ipriflavone failed to prevent bone loss but produced lymphocytopenia among women at risk for osteoporosis. A review of published trials of garlic show that the agent...

  • March 1, 2001
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    Duration of symptoms of the common cold were reduced significantly when patients used a nasal gel containing zinc gluconate (Zicam—Gel Tech).

  • March 1, 2001
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    In a study conducted in France, powdered Harpagophytum procumbens (devil’s claw; Harpadol) proved effective in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and hip. In addition,...

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