Alternative & Complementary Medicine

Alternative & Complementary Medicine Articles

Mindfulness: Not just for stress reduction

More doctors are beginning to embrace mindfulness as a complementary therapy. The practice that trains the mind to focus on the present moment is being used to help manage high blood pressure, bronchitis, gastrointestinal distress, headaches, sleep disturbances, and sexual dysfunction, among other conditions. Mindfulness is effective in several ways. It can reduce stress, which may relieve symptoms and possibly resolve some disorders. Mindfulness also helps people cope better with disease by helping them accept discomfort and thereby suffer less.  (Locked) More »

Sleep and magnesium supplements

Some initial studies have shown that an increase in magnesium may help with insomnia. However, the evidence is limited. Still, magnesium supports many nerve and bone functions, and older men should ensure they get enough by eating more green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds. (Locked) More »

Dietary supplements can be hard to swallow

A study found that 23,000 Americans visit the emergency room every year with bad reactions to dietary supplements, and that older people frequently report choking or difficulty swallowing vitamin and mineral supplements, especially those with calcium. More »

Boot camp for better sleep

Being worried about not being able to sleep can itself become the primary cause of insomnia. People with this problem begin to dread trying to sleep and develop negative feelings and beliefs about sleep. A counseling technique called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help. It is more effective than sleeping pills in the long term. Many insurance providers cover this service.  (Locked) More »