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Johns Hopkins Opens Alternative-Medicine Center

Johns Hopkins Opens Alternative-Medicine Center In another sign of the slow but steady integration in the United States of the mutually suspicious fields of Western and alternative medicine, a center recently opened called the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center. "We conventional doctors need to acknowledge that some of... Read More

St. John's Wort and Depression

St. John's Wort and Depression Some studies show St. Johns wort helps alleviate depression, and some don't. But one government agency, one educational institution and a nonprofit biomedical group recently gave it a something of a thumbs-up. "There is some scientific evidence that St. John's wort is useful for treating mild... Read More

Avoiding Colds and the Flu

Avoiding Colds and the Flu While there's no sure-fire way of protecting yourself against colds or the flu, or of cutting them short, there are a number of herbs and supplements that could be of some use, according to Amanda Ursell, a nutritionist with The Times of London. Washing your hands often, especially when near ... Read More

Pentagon Researches Acupuncture, Etc. for Service Members

Pentagon Researches Acupuncture, Etc. for Service Members The Pentagon is sinking about $5 million this year into studying the effect of acupuncture on relieving brain-damage headaches among soldiers caught in battlefield explosions, of animal therapy on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and of meditation and yoga on increasing emotional buoyan... Read More

Alternatives to Antidepressant Drugs

Alternatives to Antidepressant Drugs Even though the movement is still small, psychiatrists are increasingly shying away from pharmaceuticals in the treatment of depression. There is a subtle shift toward supplementing drug antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, with treatments like herbs, nutritional supplements, med... Read More

The Healing Influence of Religiousness

The Healing Influence of Religiousness Study after study over the years has shown that practicing one's religion - with all of the persistence and sincerity that demands - inevitably leads to improved health and ability to recover from illness. For example, a 1987-95 research investigation of 21,000 Americans found that those who ... Read More

Can Acupuncture Reverse Wrinkles and Sags?

Can Acupuncture Reverse Wrinkles and Sags? For centuries, when China's rich and famous started to grow wrinkled and saggy with age, they fought back with a form of acupuncture known as mei zen, which means "beautiful person." Not long ago, this technique arrived in the United States, giving Americans an alternative to Botox, fillers a... Read More

Tai Chi Increases Seniors' Immunity

Tai Chi Increases Seniors' Immunity A Chinese form of martial art that's also a meditation and exercise discipline shows a remarkable ability to boost immunity in older people, according to recent research. This is on top of studies that have already demonstrated that the martial art, known as tai chi, lowers blood pressure, im... Read More

Anti-Arthritis Benefits of Ancient China's Qigong

Anti-Arthritis Benefits of Ancient China's Qigong An old Chinese healing-energy practice has potential for helping patients with knee arthritis, recent research suggests. The Chinese technique, known as qigong (pronounced chee-gong), utilizes the supposed flows of chi (qi), or energy, in practitioner and patient to bring healing to a variety... Read More

Happiness Promotes Health

Happiness Promotes Health Paul Hershberger, a professor at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, found the most impressive aspect of his study to be how the researchers isolated the happiness and contentment variables from all of the other elements that affect future health. Read More

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