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Herbal medicine

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Herbal medicine - myDr.com.au

Herbal medicine - use of plants or plant parts for healing - is part of many traditional systems of medicine and has influenced conventional medicine, but differs in its underlying philosophy.

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Herbal and dietary supplements

The use of herbal medicines is common. Herbal medicine is defined as a plant-derived product used for medicinal and health purposes; commonly used herbal supplements include echinacea, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St John’s wort and valerian.

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Ayurveda

Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to India, which uses a range of treatments, including panchakarma (‘five actions’), yoga, massage, acupuncture and herbal medicine, to encourage health and wellbeing.

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The role of complementary therapies and medicines to improve fertility and emotional well-being

There is some evidence of benefit from acupuncture and herbal medicine in improving fertility outcomes for women with specific clinical infertility diagnoses and of acupuncture in improving sperm quality in infertile men. Acupuncture, spirituality and art therapy may reduce infertility-related distress

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Chinese medicinal herbs for sore throat | Cochrane

Sore throat is a widespread acute respiratory tract illness which affects all age groups. In China, many Chinese herbal medicines are used to treat this illness. Because the majority of clinical research into traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as a treatment for sore throat failed to meet world standards of clinical research reporting, the authors could not recommend any preparation or formulation for clinical use in the previous published version.

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Breastfeeding and herbal preparations | Australian Breastfeeding Association

Herbal preparations and breastfeedingWhile we often assume that herbal or natural remedies are harmless, this is not always true. Herbal preparations are not required to have the same level of testing and proof that they work as do prescription medicines. As a result, we know less about their side effects during breastfeeding. Some are known to be quite safe. Others have been shown to contain components that may not be safe.

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Herbal Remedies and sleep

About 40% of people use alternative or complementary medicines at least occasionally. This can be for many reasons, including problems with sleep.

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Complementary medicines | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

Complementary medicines (also known as 'traditional' or 'alternative' medicines) include vitamin, mineral, herbal, aromatherapy and homoe

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Complementary Health

Complementary Health has grown in popularity in Australia both in terms of complementary medicines and visits to complementary health practitioners.

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Illness & complementary medicine

Illness and complementary medicine Caring for yourself when you are unwell When youre unwell, you need to take extra care As a person with diabetes when you are sick, your bodys increased production of stress hormones will cause your blood glucose levels to rise Make sure you keep a list of contact numbers for your doctor, credentialled diabetes educator, hospital and ambulance by the phone

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