MONDAY, June 12, 2017 -- Traditional Chinese herbal medications might have a role to play in treating or preventing heart disease in the West, a research review suggests.
Heart disease and stroke remain major killers worldwide, accounting for 17.3 million deaths a year, according to the World Heart Federation. This unrelenting death toll has prompted scientists to look to the ancient East for inspiration.
MONDAY, June 19, 2017 -- Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to pain medications for some emergency room patients, a new study reports.
"While acupuncture is widely used by practitioners in community settings for treating pain, it is rarely used in hospital emergency departments," said study lead investigator Marc Cohen. He is a professor in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 -- The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can come with a lot of anxiety, depression and other symptoms that affect quality of life. But mind-body therapies, such as yoga or meditation, may help ease these troubling concerns, a new study suggests.
The researchers reviewed previous studies done on 80 integrative therapies.
FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 -- For breast cancer survivors who struggle with sleep, a new study suggests that tai chi might calm their restless nights.
Researchers found this slow-moving form of meditation was as good as talk therapy and more effective than medication in treating insomnia and reducing the risk for sleep loss-related health issues, including depression, fatigue and a weakened immune system.
TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 -- Proponents of mindfulness-based stress reduction claim it can improve relationships, mental health, weight and more. But, one complaint it's unlikely to fix is lower back pain, researchers now say.
Lower back pain doesn't respond to the programs, which embrace meditation, heightened self-awareness and exercise, according to a review of seven prior studies.