A couple of years ago I discovered that certain types of white teas, which are free of leaves and contain only tea buds, make a huge difference in my ability to concentrate. I've become sort of dependent on them to do my job, and so I'm constantly making tea throughout the day (and thus constantly running to the bathroom). All of the tea/catechin (tea antioxidant) extracts I've purchased don't seem to have the same effect on me, regardless of whether or not they contain caffeine. In researching the best way to make my own, I found this 2013 study comparing various methods of making antioxidant-rich extracts from tea, which concluded "the optimal extraction conditions were determined using 40% ethanol with ultrasound-assisted extraction method for 2 h at 40 °C." [more inside]
I'm interested in the theories of how cupping therapy might work using western science type explanations. A local increase in blood flow? The gate control theory of pain? Also, has anyone found it effective for chronically tense muscles? I realize the long-term solution is to change the way I recruit my muscles so that the affected ones are no longer "locked up." However, I'm wondering if cupping could give me a jump-start in the short term.
I would like to donate money to an organization that opposes government funding/government subsidies/insurance mandates for "alternative"/"complimentary" medicine or non-evidence-based medicine. I am finding this particularly hard to Google. Does such an organization exist, and, if so, what is it? [more inside]
I have persistent headaches, backaches, depression, and anxiety. I take Tylenol to alleviate both physical and emotional pain, but now it has become so habitual that I can't stop. I'm scared of what I'm doing to my health at this point and need advice on how to stop, and other alternatives I can take to relax enough to be able to function throughout my day. [more inside]
I'd like to give a naturopath a try for my ulcerative colitis. I'm in San Francisco, and could potentially go elsewhere in the Bay Area but only if it's BARTable. [more inside]
I'm looking for links to pithy and readily engaging videos and/or infographics that present positive, optimistic, even inspiring, pro-science perspectives on any topic or area of controversy in which otherwise intelligent, well-meaning people might find themselves unwittingly supporting unscientific, pseudo-scientific, anti-scientific or technophobic viewpoints -- e.g. defenses of GMOs, vaccines, and "conventional" medicine, and educating against the naturalism fallacy and scare-mongering against "artificial chemicals," and psychiatric medication, etc. [more inside]
I am exhausted, a bit depressed/anxious, and in general just feel completely drained. I know the root cause (12 month old baby who wakes up a couple times a night to nurse) but can't night wean right now due to his health issues. I'm interested in trying out alternative medicine to see if it can help me deal with the fatigue and depression, but I'm not sure what to pursue: acupuncture, massage (what kind?), or other? [more inside]
What the heck are these CBD/Hemp Oil products? A scam? Illegal? [more inside]
Have you or anyone you know ever tried leech or maggot therapy? What was it like--did it work?
I am looking for alternatives for the standard "doctor sees you for five minutes and prescribes drugs for whatever ails you." [more inside]
A family friend went to a medicine man in South America and received an herbal medicine to heal her son's Aspergers. I am skeptical about such things, and feel she should not give him the medication without knowing what plants are actually in it. [more inside]
Has anybody seen credible evidence that cinnamon capsules are a weight loss miracle? [more inside]
Does anyone have any experience with/can anyone point me towards information about using polyporus umbellatus extract to treat/prevent recurrent UTIs? More/relevant info inside. [more inside]
ControversialFilter: is acupuncture a load of bunk? [more inside]
I'm new to Detroit - can anyone recommend some good internists or ob/gyns on the east side or maybe ferndale/royal oak areas? Indian village, eastpointe, grosse pointe, st. clair shores, roseville would be most ideal. I have a HAP HMO, not that I expect you to know what your doctor accepts, but just in case anyone answering happens to have it. [more inside]
Please share advice for non-dental treatments for TMJ. I've been dealing with this for about a decade, and had a custom made night guard, that I wore religiously, for all this time. Maybe it's slowing down the rate at at which the TMJ is getting worse, but it's still getting worse and I hate it. [more inside]
Please help me convince my in-laws not to take colloidal silver (silver water). [more inside]
Have any of you had any experience with biorhythm readings, or any other such quackery where you were hooked up to a "computer" and completely diagnosed? [more inside]
HolisticRemedyFilter: Any suggestions/home remedies/herbal solutions/voodoo rituals for acute neck and shoulder pain? [more inside]
My boyfriend's mother has suffered from a variety of chronic pain issues for roughly 15 years and is in the process of trying to find a facility that is best suited to her needs. [more inside]
Crohn's Disease and Mangosteen - snake oil or success? [more inside]
Is homeopathy good for society? How should it be regulated? Are there any good studies to this effect? [more inside]
Where in NYC can I buy coptis detoxifying formula? What are some other alternative treatments for colitis?
Experiences with transpersonal / meditative therapy? [more inside]