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Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Using a comprehensive methodology and reproducible grading scales, Natural Standard generates unbiased consensus-based systematic reviews that are peer-reviewed by a multidisciplinary Editorial Board. Our mission is to provide objective, reliable information that helps clinicians, patients, and healthcare institutions make more informed and safer therapeutic decisions.

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    What is Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT)?

    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), also called hereditary motor sensory neuropathy and peroneal muscular atrophy, is an inherited disorder that causes nerve damage, or neuropathy. This nerve damage worsens over time.
    The disease affects the myelin sheath, which is the fatty substance that insulates...Read More
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    How is diabetes diagnosed?

    Fasting blood glucose test: Fasting blood glucose testing checks blood glucose levels after fasting for between 12-14 hours. The individual can drink water during this time, but should strictly avoid any other beverage. Individuals with diabetes may be asked to delay their diabetes medication or...Read More
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    What herbs and supplements can interact with gossypol?

    Cotton may interact with antibacterials, antifungals, contraceptives, herbs and supplements for cancer, herbs and supplements for inflammation or pain relief, herbs and supplements that increase urination, herbs and supplements with potassium, and iron.

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    What medications can interact with para-aminobenzoic acid supplements?

    Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with drugs that increase the risk of bleeding. Some examples include aspirin, anticoagulants (blood thinners) such as warfarin (Coumadin®) or heparin, antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel (Plavix®), and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs...Read More
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    What are the symptoms of colon cancer?

    There may be no symptoms in the early stages of colon cancer. When symptoms appear, they'll likely vary, depending on the cancer's size and location in the large intestine. In some cases, symptoms may result from a condition other than cancer, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel...Read More
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    What is an adaptogen?

    Natural herb products that supplement the body's ability to deal with stressors such as anxiety, fatigue, or trauma are called adaptogens. Although herbs identified as adaptogens may have their origin in various medicinal traditions, the concept of using an herb as an adaptogen has its origin in...Read More
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    What are peppermint supplements?

    Peppermint is a flowering plant that grows throughout Europe and North America and is widely cultivated for its fragrant oil. Peppermint oil has been used historically for numerous health conditions, including common cold symptoms, cramps, headache, indigestion, joint pain, and nausea. Peppermint...Read More
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    What is peppermint oil used for?

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) - Based on human studies, the use of peppermint to improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms is currently supported.
     
    Antispasmodic (colonic, esophageal, gastric spasm) - Peppermint oil may be beneficial in reducing intestinal spasm during and after endoscopic...Read More
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    What herbs and supplements can interact with PABA supplements?

    Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with herbs and supplements that are believed to increase the risk of bleeding. Multiple cases of bleeding have been reported with the use of Ginkgo biloba, and fewer cases with garlic and saw palmetto. Numerous other agents...Read More
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    Do PABA supplements help with recurrent herpes labialis infection?

    Sun exposure has been shown to stimulate the reactivation of a herpes simplex virus infection on the lips, as well as in the mouth or gums. Limited research suggests that PABA in sunscreen may be effective in preventing recurrent herpes labialis. Further studies will provide additional useful inf...Read More
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    Do PABA supplements help with recurrent herpes labialis infection?

    Sun exposure has been shown to stimulate the reactivation of a herpes simplex virus infection on the lips, as well as in the mouth or gums. Limited research suggests that PABA in sunscreen may be effective in preventing recurrent herpes labialis. Further studies will provide additional useful inf...Read More
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    Does moxibustion help with treatment of upper respiratory tract infections?

    Moxibustion is widely used in China for respiratory tract infections in children. However, at this time evidence is insufficient for making concrete recommendations.

    You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. Natural Standard information does...Read More
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    Does moxibustion help treat peripheral facial paralysis?

    Preliminary evidence suggests an integrated protocol of herbs, acupuncture, moxibustion and Western medicine may benefit peripheral facial paralysis. However, there is insufficient evidence on which to base concrete recommendations at this time.

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    Is valerian safe for my child?

    There is not enough scientific evidence to recommend the use of valerian in children.

    You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. Natural Standard information does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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    What are the possible benefits of nail treatments?

    Living skin cells within the fingers and toes produce nails, which are primarily composed of keratin, a hardened protein also found in skin and hair. The nail consists of several different parts, including the nail plate, nail bed, matrix (hidden area under the cuticle), lunula (part of the matrix...Read More