Alternative Medicine

It seems alternative medicine is sweeping the country but alternative medical treatments have been around for centuries. Our extensive alternative medicine library covers acne to alcoholism and insomnia to lupus.


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Bromelain: What You Need to Know

Bromelain -- a protein-digesting enzyme that's found in pineapple juice and stems -- has many health benefits. Some of these include the ability to reduce swelling, aid in digestion and relieve mild pain associated with osteoarthritis.

CoQ10: What You Need to Know

What do beef hearts have to do with something that could potentially be used to treat cancer, AIDS, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and asthma?

Alpha Lipoic Acid: What You Need to Know

For 20 years, ALA supplements have been used to treat a variety of medical conditions including HIV, cancer, hepatitis, vascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's. Some doctors believe ALA can even help slow the aging process.

Fish Oil: What You Need to Know

There's something fishy about the American diet. Or rather, something not fishy enough. We need to increase our intake of beneficial essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fats, which can be found in salmon, sardines and fish oil supplement

Turmeric Overview

Beyond its abilities as a culinary spice and a coloring agent, turmeric has been used for hundreds of years in traditional and Ayurvedic medicine to treat a variety of medical conditions.

Whey Protein: What You Need to Know

Protein supplements are often advertised as an easy way to lose fat and gain lean muscle mass. But dieters should use caution -- there are some side effects you should know about.

Ayurveda Overview

According to Ayurveda, each person is born with a unique composition of the three doshas -- vata, pitta and kapha -- that determine our physical and psychological makeup.

Top 5 Complementary Medicines Used in Hospitals

Nowadays, your trip to a hospital might involve yoga, acupuncture or art therapy. How do complementary medicines work in tandem with traditional treatments, and what are the most common therapies?

Top 5 Pros (and Cons) of Alternative Therapies for Maintaining Heart Health

With alternative therapies becoming mainstream, it's important to know the benefits -- and dangers -- of stepping outside the traditional medicine arena. What are the pros and cons of expanding your heart-health regimen beyond prescriptions?

How can a foot rub help you recover from surgery?

Reflexology is a complementary therapy that has some people putting down their painkillers. Is the key to reducing postoperative pain on the soles of your feet?

Could meditating before or during surgery decrease your pain?

Surgery is tough on a body, and postsurgical pain can be all-encompassing. It's no surprise people are turning meditation as a way to manipulate their brains and manage their pain.

Can prayer heal people?

Praying may help you be healthier, but what happens when someone prays for you? Is it possible to quantify the power of prayer?

Alternative Medicines for a Yeast Infection

Alternative medicines for a yeast infection include nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, and homeopathy.

Alternative Medicines for Varicose Veins

Alternative medicines for varicose veins include hydrotherapy and nutritional therapy. Learn to treat varicose veins with alternative medicines.

Alternative Medicines for Ulcers

Alternative medicines for ulcers include nutritional therapy and herbal medicine. Learn to treat ulcers with alternative medicines in your own home.

Alternative Medicines for Uterine Fibroids

Alternative medicines for uterine fibroids include mind/body medicine, hydrotherapy, and nutritional therapy.

Alternative Medicines for Premenstrual Syndrome

Alternative medicines for premenstrual syndrome include nutritional therapy, homeopathy, yoga, and aromatherapy. Learn alternative ways to treat PMS.

Alternative Medicines for Enlarged Prostate

Alternative medicines for enlarged prostate include herbal medicine and nutritional therapy. Learn alternative ways to treat enlarged prostate.

Alternative Medicines for Psoriasis

Alternative medicines for psoriasis include nutritional therapy, hydrotherapy, and detoxification, fasting, and colon therapy.

Alternative Medicines for Sinusitis

Alternative medicines for sinusitis include chiropractic medicine, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. Learn alternative ways to treat sinusitis.

Alternative Medicines for a Sore Throat

Alternative medicines for a sore throat include herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, and aromatherapy. Learn alternative ways to treat a sore throat.

Alternative Medicines for Temporomandibular Disorder

Alternative medicines for temporomandibular disorder include biofeedback training, acupressure, and craniosacral therapy. Learn more about treatments.

Alternative Medicines for Kidney Stones

Alternative medicines for kidney stones include nutritional therapy and herbal medicine. Learn to treat kidney stones with alternative medicine.

Alternative Medicines for Lupus Erythematosus

Alternative medicines for lupus erythematosus include nutritional therapy and environmental medicine. Learn to treat lupus with alternative medicine.

Alternative Medicines for Menopause

Alternative medicines for menopause include herbal medicine, yoga, nutritional therapy, and traditional Chinese medicine. Learn more about treatments.