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Popularity of alternative medicine

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Article reads: Your doctor or nurse might be more likely than you to turn to dietary supplements and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic care, according to a recent study in the journal Health Services Research. It found that 76 percent of health-care workers reported using alternative or complementary therapy in the preceding year compared with 63 percent of the general population.

Homeopathy

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Article reads: Homeopathy isn’t new. It was named in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, but has been practiced for hundreds of years in civilizations throughout the world. Treatment is based on the idea that a substance that produces symptoms of an illness in healthy people can be used to cure people who are suffering from that condition. This is referred to as “like cures like.”

Power of empathy

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Article reads: Even if the positive effects of homoeopathy are a result of the therapist’s empathy and time, this shouldn’t be dismissed. Such soft skills can have hard outcomes.

Positive activity interventions

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Article reads: Experts are proposing a new, lower cost method to treat depression— teaching people to practice positive activities. The naturopathic technique is an extension of decades of social psychology research.

Alternative therapy wins favor

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Article reads: The cancer has stabilised and the 39-year-old Willeton woman believes a complementary therapies program offered by the Cancer Council WA has helped ease the anxiety and stress of medical treatments.

Ayurveda medicines treat rheumatoid arthritis

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http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2236351.ece

Article reads: Personalised Ayurvedic interventions have demonstrated clinically significant improvement in rheumatoid arthritis on a par with allopathy treatment with the added advantage of lesser side-effects, according to a study. The study was conducted by the University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of Los Angeles, California, with funding from the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. and the Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (AVP), Coimbatore.

Placebo treats the common cold

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http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/746042

Article reads: Placebo effects are modest in treating patients with the common cold, according to the results of a parallel-group, randomized controlled trial reported in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Holistic healing

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http://www2.hernandotoday.com/content/2011/jul/07/071356/holistic-approach/

Article reads: CAM focuses on the whole person as a unique individual as well as the energy of the body and its influence on health and disease, the healing power of nature combined with the mobilization of the body’s own resources to heal itself, and on the treatment of the underlying causes, rather than symptoms, of disease.

Massage beats meds for lower back pain

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Article reads: Those who received a series of either relaxation massage or structural massage were better able to work and be active for up to a year than those getting “usual medical care,” which included painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants or physical therapy, the researchers found.

Benefits of massage therapy

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Article reads: Massage clients seek sessions for pain relief, relaxation, stress reduction and additional factors that can vary with physical condition and age. New research indicates massage therapy is associated with a variety of positive outcomes ranging from decreased pain to improved emotional health for adults aged 60 and older who self-reported on quality-of-life measures.