Complementary Medicine

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  • 714-X (PDQ®): Integrative, alternative, and complementary therapies - Patient Information [NCI]

    NOTE: The information in this summary is no longer being updated and is provided for reference purposes only. The main ingredient of 714-X is camphor, which comes from the wood and bark of the camphor tree (see Question 1). It is claimed that 714-X helps the immune system fight cancer...

  • Acupressure for Morning Sickness

  • Acupuncture (PDQ®): Integrative, alternative, and complementary therapies - Patient Information [NCI]

    Acupuncture applies needles, heat, pressure, and other treatments to one or more places on the skin known as acupuncture points (see Question 1). Clinical trials report the use of acupuncture relieves nausea and vomiting from anticancer therapies (see Question 5). Other trials have studied the use of acupuncture in...

  • Acupuncture and Massage for Back Pain

    Learn about acupuncture and massage for low back pain.

  • Acupuncture

    Discusses a traditional Chinese therapy that uses very thin needles placed in the skin to influence energy flow (called chi or qi). Explains its complementary medicine use for pain and conditions such as headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Covers safety issues.

  • Antineoplastons (PDQ®): Integrative, alternative, and complementary therapies - Patient Information [NCI]

    NOTE: The information in this summary is no longer being updated and is provided for reference purposes only. Antineoplastons are chemical compounds found in urine and blood. Antineoplastons are made in a laboratory when used for research. (See Question 1.) No randomized, controlled trials of antineoplastons have been...

  • Arnica

    What is arnica? Arnica, also called Arnica montana, is a plant that is native to the mountainous regions of Europe and southern Russia. The flowers and leaves of this plant have many traditional medicinal uses. Arnica is available as an ointment or gel and can be found in most health...

  • Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy)

    Discusses aromatherapy (essential oils therapy) to treat disease. Includes oils that are put on the skin or in bath water, sprayed, inhaled, or massaged. Looks at uses to relax, relieve stress, and treat illness. Covers safety.

  • Aromatherapy With Essential Oils (PDQ®): Integrative, alternative, and complementary therapies - Patient Information [NCI]

    Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants (flowers, herbs, or trees) as therapy to improve physical, mental, and spiritual well-being (see Question 1). Aromatherapy may be used with other complementary treatments, such as massage or acupuncture, as well as with standard medical treatments to manage symptoms...

  • Ayurveda

    Covers ayurveda (ayurvedic medicine) from India. Discusses good health and prevention of illness with practices like massage, meditation, yoga, diet, and use of herbal remedies. Looks at three body components (doshas) known as Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha.


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