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Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine

Aida Mekhoukhe, Houda Kicher, Adidi Ladjouzi, Lamia Medouni-Haroune, Fatiha Brahmi, Sonia Medouni-Adrar, Khodir Madani
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August 15, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Ayokunle O Ademosun, Adeniyi A Adebayo, Ganiyu Oboh
Background Citrus peels have been reported useful in folk medicine for the management of cardiovascular diseases, but there is dearth of information on the possible mechanisms for their therapeutic action. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of methanolic extracts from some citrus [lime (Citrus limon), tangerine (Citrus reticulata), shaddock (Citrus maxima)] peels on some enzymes relevant to the management of cardiovascular diseases [monoamine oxidase (MAO), phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) and angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE)]...
August 11, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Meysam Zarezadeh, Ahmad Saedisomeolia, Masoud Khorshidi, Hamed Kord Varkane, Motahareh Makhdoomi Arzati, Mina Abdollahi, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad, Rezvan Hashemi, Mohammad Effatpanah, Niyaz Mohammadzadeh Honarvar
Aims Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are prone to cardiovascular disease (CVD) due to inflammation process and oxidative stress. ADMA (Asymmetric dimethylarginine) and ICAM-1 (inter-cellular adhesion molecule-1) play an important role in CVD pathogenesis. Ginger as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammation can effect on these biomarkers. The aim of present study was to characterize the effect of ginger supplementation on ADMA and ICAM-1 serum levels in patients with T2DM. Methods The present study is a randomized double-blind clinical trial which is conducted among 45 diabetic patients (nginger=23, nplacebo=22)...
August 11, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Zahi Arnon, Asnat Dor, Hadar Bazak, Samuel Attias, Shlomi Sagi, Shoshana Balachsan, Elad Schiff
Background Despite pharmacological interventions, labor pain and anxiety still remain a challenge, and can carry long-term psychological complications. The goal of this study was to assess the effect of reflexology on these symptoms and to explore the physical and psychological components of women's experience associated with this treatment. Methods This qualitative study was conducted in an Israeli university hospital that offers integrative medicine services. Reflexology was offered to laboring women in the hospital, by the medical staff...
July 19, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Shreya S Revadi, V Kavitha, A Mooventhan
A 39-year-old, married man was diagnosed with hepatic cirrhosis with portal hypertension and ascites in February 2016. His symptoms as described by him began with generalized body weakness, breathlessness and sudden weight gain of 16 kg within 3 weeks. History of regular intake of alcohol since 7 years and tremendous family stress were present. Patient underwent conventional medication for 6 months and ayurvedic medications for 4 months. In January 2017, he visited our hospital with the same complaints and underwent integrated naturopathy and yoga therapies (INYTs) for 4 weeks along with Ayurveda and conventional medications...
July 19, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Mathew P Varghese, Ragavendrasamy Balakrishnan, Subramanya Pailoor
Background Type 2 diabetes mellitus [T2DM] is one of the leading causes for mortality. This study examined the role of an self-awareness based guided meditation practice, Cyclic Meditation [CM] on perceived stress, anxiety, depression, sleep and quality of life in T2DM patients. Design A single arm pre-post design was used for the study. Setting The study was conducted in an auditorium for general public diagnosed with T2DM in Ernakulam, Kerala, India. Subjects Subjects were 30 T2DM patients, both male and female of age 50...
July 19, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Oyewusi J Adeoye, Oridupa A Olayinka, Saba A Bernard, Olurode A Sikiru, Oyewusi I Kofoworola, Olukunle J Olufemi, Adebiyi A Adekunle
Background In both human and animals, especially in food and companion animal breeding farms, infertility is normally a challenge of great concern. Males have been found to be solely responsible for about 20-30% of infertility cases. Allium cepa (Onion), being one of the highly consumed spices worldwide, is usually overlooked as a possible reproductive toxicant. Most research on A. cepa document its medicinal effects. This study focused on toxicity potential of A. cepa to the male reproductive system. Spermatozoa morphological characteristics and testicular histopathology of male Wistar rats were accessed following administration of A...
July 18, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Ganiyu Oboh, Ayokunle O Ademosun, Opeyemi B Ogunsuyi, Esther T Oyedola, Tosin A Olasehinde, Sunday I Oyeleye
Background The development of cholinesterase (ChE) and monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors for management of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) has come with their undesirable side effects. Hence, research for potent but natural ChE and MAO inhibitors with little or no side effects is essential. This study investigated the potentials of alkaloid extracts from two Cola species as nutraceuticals for prevention and management of AD. Methods Alkaloid extracts were obtained from two Cola species (Cola nitida [KN] and Cola acuminata [KA]) by solvent extraction method...
July 18, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Reshma Jogdand, A Mooventhan, N K Manjunath
Background Mud pack is one of the fundamental therapeutic procedures used in naturopathy to treat various diseases. There is a lack of scientific evidence for the use of mud-pack application in psychological variables. The present study aims at evaluating the effect of mud pack to eyes on psychological variables in healthy volunteers. Materials and methods Sixty healthy individuals with the age varied from 18 to 21 years were recruited and randomly divided into either mud-pack group (n=30) or wet-pack group (n=30)...
July 18, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Meghnath Verma, Hemant Bhargav, Shivarama Varambally, Nagarathna Raghuram, Gangadhar Bn
Background Twenty one (12 females) subjects, diagnosed with schizophrenia by a psychiatrist using ICD-10, in the ages 52.87 + 9.5 years and suffering since 24.0 ± 3.05 years were recruited into the study from a schizophrenia rehabilitation center in Bengaluru. Methods All subjects were taking anti-psychotic medications and were in stable state for more than a month. Psychiatric medications were kept constant during the study period. Assessments were done at three points of time: (1) baseline, (2) after one month of usual routine (pre) and (3) after five months of validated Integrated Yoga (IY) intervention (post)...
June 26, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Imran Mahmud, Naznin Shahria, Sabina Yeasmin, Asif Iqbal, Emdadul Hasan Mukul, Sudipta Gain, Jamil Ahmad Shilpi, Md Khirul Islam
Ceriops decandra is a mangrove tree species, reputed for its folkloric uses in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, infection, snakebites, inflammation, and cancer. Different parts of the plant are rich with various phytoconstituents which include diterpenoids (ceriopsin A-G), triterpenoids (lupeol, α-amyrin, oleanolic acid, ursolic acid), and phenolics (catechin, procyanidins).These phytoconstituents and their derivatives could form a new basis for developing new drugs against various diseases. The objective of the present study is to compile the phytochemical, ethnobotanical, biological, and pharmacological significance of the plant to provide directions for future research to find out therapeutically active lead compounds for developing new drugs against diseases of current interest including diabetes, inflammation, and cancer...
June 22, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Sanjay Mohan Gupta, Kamal Kumar, Sanjai Kumar Dwivedi, Madhu Bala
Background & methods We investigated the in vitro antioxidant and antifungal activity by agar disc diffusion assay of leaf extract of some stinging plants namely, Urtica dioica L., Tragia involucrate L., Carduus nutans L. and Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC., against pathogenic fungi causing infections/diseases. Results M. pruriens (Disc 4), T. involucrate (Disc 2), U. dioica (Disc 1) showed significant antifungal activity against all tested pathogens, while C. nutans (Disc 3) showed intermediate activity against only Chaetomium globosum (Cg)...
June 21, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Busisani W Lembede, Kennedy H Erlwanger, Pilani Nkomozepi, Eliton Chivandi
Background Terminalia sericea (T. sericea) is traditionally used to treat stomach ailments, infections, hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Previous in vitro studies have reported that T. sericea has lipolytic properties. This study interrogated the effects of T. sericea on linear growth, development of fatty liver disease, viscera morphometry and health of growing rats fed a 12% fructose solution (FS). Methods Thirty 21-day old male Wistar rat pups were randomly allocated to five treatments: group I - plain gelatine cubes (PGC) + plain tap water (PW), group II - 12% FS + PGC, group III - gelatine cubes containing fenofibrate (Feno) at a dose of 100 mg/kg body + FS, group IV - gelatine cubes containing the low dose (100 mg/kg body mass per day) of the T...
June 21, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Fayiz F El-Shamy, Sanad S El-Kholy, Mahmoud Labib, Ahmed M Kabel
Background and aim Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) poses a threat to the mother and child. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of acupressure on the glycemic control and insulin requirement of GDM females. Materials and methods Thirty GDM female patients were randomized to either the study group (SG; n=15), which was treated with acupressure and the standard antenatal care, or the control group (CG; n=15), which was treated with the standard antenatal care. Fasting and 2-h post-prandial blood glucose levels, requirement for insulin and insulin resistance were measured at 24 and 36 weeks' gestation (WG)...
June 21, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Ginpreet Kaur, Baban Thawkar, Shivangi Dubey, Priyanka Jadhav
Betalains are water soluble plant pigments in plants of the order Caryophyllales, which are widely used as colorants. Several preclinical studies reported that betanin reveals antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, anticancer, anti-diabetes, anti-lipid emic, antimicrobial activity, radio protective and anti-proliferative activity. They are isolated from sources such as red beetroot, amaranth, prickly pear, red pitahaya, etc. Betalains are divided into two groups based on the colour and confer either the betacyanins (purple reddish) or betaxanthins (yellowish orange)...
June 6, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Tom Hendriks
Objectives To determine the efficacy of Sahaja Yoga (SY) meditation on mental health among clinical and healthy populations. Methods All publications on SY were eligible. Databases were searched up to November 2017, namely PubMed, MEDLINE (NLM), PsychINFO, and Scopus. An internet search (Google Scholar) was also conducted. The quality of the randomized controlled trails was assessed using the Cochrane Risk Assessment for Bias. The quality of cross-sectional studies, a non-randomized controlled trial and a cohort study was assessed with the Newcastle-Ottawa Quality Assessment Scale...
May 30, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Imane Lakkab, Hanane El Hajaji, Nadya Lachkar, Brahim El Bali, Mohammed Lachkar, Alin Ciobica
Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua L.) is one of the most widespread medicinal plants in the Mediterranean area. Traditionally, it was cultivated for its ethnopharmacological benefits and, more especially, for the seeds, which served as unit of measurement of jewelers "carat." Hence, in the last half-century, numerous studies reported a wide range of phytoconstituents contained in all parts of Ceratonia siliqua such as phenolic compounds, flavonoids, tannins, anthocyanins, alkaloids, glycosides, proteins and minerals...
May 29, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Ayman Shehata Dawood, Mohamed Ahmed El-Sharawy, Doaa Waseem Nada, Mohamed Fadel El-Sheikh
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of live bee stings at fertility points and acupuncture in treating symptoms and managing infertility in premature ovarian failure (POF) of autoimmune etiology. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with primary POF were allocated randomly into two groups: group I: subjected to acupuncture at specific fertility points and group II: subjected to live bee stings at sites of fertility points. RESULTS: A total of 24 cases show significant reduction of Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) level to normal range with gradual decline over the study duration: 13 cases in group I and 11 cases in group II...
May 25, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Nabyla Khaled Khodja, Lila Boulekbache, Fatima Chegdani, Karima Dahmani, Faiza Bennis, Khodir Madani
Background Essential oils, infusion and decoction extracts of Calamintha nepeta L. were evaluated for their bioactive substances (polyphenols and essential oils) and antioxidant activities. Methods The amounts of phenolic compounds were determined by colorimetric assays and identified by high performance and liquid chromatography coupled with ultraviolet detector (HPLC-UV) method. The chemical composition of essential oils was determined by gas-chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC/MS) method. For the evaluation of the antioxidant activity of essential oils and extracts, two different assays (reducing power and DPPH radical scavenging activity) were used...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Mbiantcha Marius, Tsafack Eric Gonzal, Ateufack Gilbert, Nana Yousseu William, Bomba Tatsinkou Francis Désiré, Djuichou Nguemnang Stephanie Flore, Mbankou Ngassam Sorelle, Wego Kamgaing Marius Tresor
Background Nauclea pobeguinii is a plant species found in the centre region of Cameroon. The stem bark of this plant is traditionally used to ease pain and cure inflammation. Method This study was undertaken to evaluate the effects of doses 150 and 300 mg/kg of the aqueous and methanolic stem bark extracts from Nauclea pobeguinii on acute pain, acute and chronic inflammation induced by formalin and arthritis induced by zymosan A in rats. Oxidative stress parameters such as catalase, malondialdehyde and nitric oxide were measured in rats subjected to chronic inflammation...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
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