The use of CAM by women suffering from nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.


BACKGROUND:Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (NVP) affects two-thirds of pregnant women to varying degrees and over the years many modalities have been used to try to alleviate this often debilitating condition. There is a paucity of information in the literature about the use or efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for the treatment of this condition that affects so many women. Our primary objective was to examine the prevalence of CAM usage by women suffering from NVP. Our secondary objective was to ascertain if women had any supervision in the use of these treatments. METHODS:Women who called The Motherisk NVP helpline, were asked after the counseling session to complete a questionnaire, which included demographic data as well as information about their CAM use. RESULTS:Seventy women completed the questionnaire. 61% reported using CAM therapies, of which the three most popular were: ginger, vitamin B6 and acupressure. 21% of those who reported using CAM, had consulted CAM practitioners, 8% their physicians or pharmacists and 71% discussed the usage with family, friends and other allied health professionals. Women who did not use CAM stated they would probably use these modalities if there was more information about the safety in pregnancy. CONCLUSION:Pregnant women with NVP are mirroring the trend in the general population of the use of CAM. They are also using CAM therapies with little supervision from practitioners experienced in the use of these modalities.


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  • Antioxidant, anti-adipocyte differentiation, antitumor activity and anthelmintic activities against Anisakis simplex and Hymenolepis nana of yakuchinone A from Alpinia oxyphylla.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Alpinia oxyphylla is a common remedy in traditional Chinese medicine. Yakuchinone A is a major constituent of A. oxyphylla and exhibits anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antibacterial, and gastric protective activities. METHODS:Antioxidant and antitumor characteristics of yakuchinone A in skin cancer cells as w...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Lin RJ,Yen CM,Chou TH,Chiang FY,Wang GH,Tseng YP,Wang L,Huang TW,Wang HC,Chan LP,Ding HY,Liang CH

    更新日期:2013-09-26 00:00:00

  • DanQi Pill protects against heart failure through the arachidonic acid metabolism pathway by attenuating different cyclooxygenases and leukotrienes B4.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Chinese herbal formulae are composed of complex components and produce comprehensive pharmacological effects. Unlike chemical drugs that have only one clear single target, the components of Chinese herbal formulae have multiple channels and targets. How to discover the pharmacological targets of Chinese herb...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Wang Y,Li C,Liu Z,Shi T,Wang Q,Li D,Wu Y,Han J,Guo S,Tang B,Wang W

    更新日期:2014-02-20 00:00:00

  • Induction of mitochondrial dependent apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in human promyelocytic leukemia HL-60 cells by an extract from Dorstenia psilurus: a spice from Cameroon.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:The use of edible plants is an integral part of dietary behavior in the West region of Cameroon. Dorstenia psilurus (Moraceae) is widely used as spice and as medicinal plant for the treatment of several diseases in Cameroon. The aim of this study is to investigate the cytotoxic and apoptotic potential of met...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


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    更新日期:2013-09-10 00:00:00

  • Anti-hyperglycemic activity of Centella asiatica is partly mediated by carbohydrase inhibition and glucose-fiber binding.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Centella asiatica (C. asiatica) was previously reported to have anti-hyperglycemic effects in animal diabetic model rats. However, its activity on organ and tissue level remains unstudied. Our study aims at exploring the possible effects, C. asiatica extract and insoluble fiber has on carbohydrate absorption...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Kabir AU,Samad MB,D'Costa NM,Akhter F,Ahmed A,Hannan JM

    更新日期:2014-01-18 00:00:00

  • Development and implementation of an herbal and natural product elective in undergraduate medical education.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Medical students have consistently expressed interest in learning about alternative healing modalities, especially herbal and natural products. To fill this void in medical education at our institution, a novel elective was developed and implemented for fourth year medical students. This herbal/natural produ...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Karpa K

    更新日期:2012-05-22 00:00:00

  • Chemical analysis, inhibition of biofilm formation and biofilm eradication potential of Euphorbia hirta L. against clinical isolates and standard strains.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:The frequent occurrences of antibiotic-resistant biofilm forming pathogens have become global issue since various measures that had been taken to curb the situation led to failure. Euphorbia hirta, is a well-known ethnomedicinal plant of Malaysia with diverse biological activities. This plant has been used w...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Perumal S,Mahmud R

    更新日期:2013-12-09 00:00:00

  • Effects of electroacupuncture on recovery of the electrophysiological properties of the rabbit gastrocnemius after contusion: an in vivo animal study.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Our preliminary studies indicated that electroacupuncture (EA) at the ST36 and Ashi acupoints could promote regeneration of the rabbit gastrocnemius (GM) by improving microcirculation perfusion, promoting the recovery of myofiber structures, and inhibiting excessive fibrosis. However, the effects of EA on re...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Liu S,Wang R,Luo D,Xu Q,Xiao C,Lin P,Yu Z,Zhao X,Cai R,Ma J,Zhang Q,Wang Y

    更新日期:2015-03-19 00:00:00

  • Cytotoxic, antioxidative, genotoxic and antigenotoxic effects of Horchata, beverage of South Ecuador.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:"Horchata" is an herbal mixture infusion consumed in Southern Ecuador; 66% of its plants are anti-inflammatory medicinal plant, and 51% are analgesics. Anti-inflammatory substances can prevent carcinogenesis mediated by cytotoxic effects and can prevent DNA damage. The aim of this study was to evaluate the c...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Bailon-Moscoso N,Tinitana F,Martínez-Espinosa R,Jaramillo-Velez A,Palacio-Arpi A,Aguilar-Hernandez J,Romero-Benavides JC

    更新日期:2017-12-19 00:00:00

  • An in vitro study on the risk of non-allergic type-I like hypersensitivity to Momordica charantia.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Momordica charantia (MC) is a tropical plant that is extensively used in folk medicine. However, the knowledge about side effects of this plant is relatively little according to knowledge about its therapeutic effects. The aim of this study is to reveal the effects of non-allergic type-I like hypersensitivit...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Sagkan RI

    更新日期:2013-10-26 00:00:00

  • Carrageenan delays cell cycle progression in human cancer cells in vitro demonstrated by FUCCI imaging.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Carrageenan is a sulfated polysaccharide that exists in red seaweeds recently shown to have anticancer properties. Previous findings show various effects of carrageenan suppressing tumor cell growth. One of the hallmarks of cancer is uncontrolled proliferation, a consequence of loss of normal cell-cycle cont...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Prasedya ES,Miyake M,Kobayashi D,Hazama A

    更新日期:2016-08-04 00:00:00

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    abstract:BACKGROUND:Resveratrol, a polyphenol from grapes and red wine has many health beneficial effects, including protection against cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. However, our group and others have provided evidence for a dual cancer promoting or inhibitory role for resveratrol in breast cancer, d...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Castillo-Pichardo L,Cubano LA,Dharmawardhane S

    更新日期:2013-01-08 00:00:00

  • Biological properties of Elaeagnus rhamnoides (L.) A. Nelson twig and leaf extracts.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Sea buckthorn (Elaeagnus rhamnoides (L.) A. Nelson, SBT) is a valuable plant because of its medical and therapeutic potential. Different bioactive compounds in SBT berries are of special interest to various researchers. However, not only sea buckthorn berries, but also leaves of this plant (both fresh and dr...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Skalski B,Kontek B,Lis B,Olas B,Grabarczyk Ł,Stochmal A,Żuchowski J

    更新日期:2019-06-25 00:00:00

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    abstract:BACKGROUND:Acupuncture has been widely used in the management of a variety of diseases for thousands of years, and many relevant randomized controlled trials have been published. In recent years, many randomized controlled trials have provided controversial or less-than-convincing evidence that supports the efficacy of...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Luo J,Xu H,Liu B

    更新日期:2015-05-22 00:00:00

  • Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cytotoxicity of Phaleria macrocarpa (Boerl.) Scheff Fruit.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Phaleria macrocarpa (Scheff.) Boerl (Thymelaceae) originates from Papua Island, Indonesia and grows in tropical areas. The different parts of the fruit of P. macrocarpa were evaluated for antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cytotoxic activities. METHODS:Phaleria macrocarpa fruit were divided into pericarp, ...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Hendra R,Ahmad S,Oskoueian E,Sukari A,Shukor MY

    更新日期:2011-11-09 00:00:00

  • Acute toxicity and the 28-day repeated dose study of a Siddha medicine Nuna Kadugu in rats.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Nuna Kadugu (NK), a Siddha medicine prepared from leaves and fruits of Morinda Pubescens, used for the treatment of various skin diseases. Though NK has been widely used for several decades, no scientific report was available on its safety. Present study was undertaken to demonstrate the oral toxicity of NK ...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Ramaswamy RS,Prathyusha N,Saranya R,Sumathy H,Mohanavalli KT,Priya RJ,Venkhatesh JR,Babu CS,Manickavasakam K,Thanikachalam S

    更新日期:2012-10-22 00:00:00

  • In vitro biological assessment of Berberis vulgaris and its active constituent, berberine: antioxidants, anti-acetylcholinesterase, anti-diabetic and anticancer effects.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Berberis vulgaris is a well known plant with traditional herbal medical history. The aims of this study was to bioscreen and compare the in vitro biological activity (antioxidant, cholinergic, antidaibetic and the anticancer) of barberry crude extract and berberine active compound. METHODS:The effect of B. ...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Abd El-Wahab AE,Ghareeb DA,Sarhan EE,Abu-Serie MM,El Demellawy MA

    更新日期:2013-09-05 00:00:00

  • Hand-foot-mouth disease and use of steroids, intravenous immunoglobulin, and traditional Chinese herbs in a tertiary hospital in Shantou, China.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:In contrast to the guidelines of World Health Organization (WHO) and United States-Centers for Disease Control and prevention (US-CDC), the Chinese national guidelines recommend the use of steroids, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), or traditional Chinese herbs (TCHs) in hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) manag...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Zhang D,Chen J,Ba-Thein W

    更新日期:2018-06-20 00:00:00

  • A hepatoprotective Lindera obtusiloba extract suppresses growth and attenuates insulin like growth factor-1 receptor signaling and NF-kappaB activity in human liver cancer cell lines.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:In traditional Chinese and Korean medicine, an aqueous extract derived from wood and bark of the Japanese spice bush Lindera obtusiloba (L.obtusiloba) is applied to treat inflammations and chronic liver diseases including hepatocellular carcinoma. We previously demonstrated anti-fibrotic effects of L.obtusil...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Freise C,Ruehl M,Erben U,Neumann U,Seehofer D,Kim KY,Trowitzsch-Kienast W,Stroh T,Zeitz M,Somasundaram R

    更新日期:2011-05-12 00:00:00

  • Evaluation of toxicity after one-months treatment with Bauhinia forficata decoction in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Previous experiments have shown that a decoction of Bauhinia forficata leaves reduces the changes in carbohydrate and protein metabolism that occur in rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes. In the present investigation, the serum activities of enzymes known to be reliable toxicity markers were monitored ...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Pepato MT,Baviera AM,Vendramini RC,Brunetti IL

    更新日期:2004-06-08 00:00:00

  • The ethyl acetate fraction of corn silk exhibits dual antioxidant and anti-glycation activities and protects insulin-secreting cells from glucotoxicity.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:In this study, we aimed to develop a Stigmata Maydis (corn silk) fraction with dual bio-activities against oxidative stress and protein glycation to protect β-cells from diabetes-induced failure. METHODS:Corn silk fractions were prepared by partition and chemically characterised by thin-layer chromatography...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Chang CC,Yuan W,Roan HY,Chang JL,Huang HC,Lee YC,Tsay HJ,Liu HK

    更新日期:2016-11-03 00:00:00

  • 'Trying to put a square peg into a round hole': a qualitative study of healthcare professionals' views of integrating complementary medicine into primary care for musculoskeletal and mental health comorbidity.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Comorbidity of musculoskeletal (MSK) and mental health (MH) problems is common but challenging to treat using conventional approaches. Integration of conventional with complementary approaches (CAM) might help address this challenge. Integration can aim to transform biomedicine into a new health paradigm or ...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Sharp D,Lorenc A,Feder G,Little P,Hollinghurst S,Mercer S,MacPherson H

    更新日期:2018-10-29 00:00:00

  • Anticancer activity of extracts derived from the mature roots of Scutellaria baicalensis on human malignant brain tumor cells.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Flavonoid-rich extracts from the mature roots of Scutellaria baicalensis have been shown to exhibit antiproliferative effects on various cancer cell lines. We assessed the ability of an ethanolic extract of S. baicalensis root to inhibit the proliferation of malignant glioma cells. METHODS:Cell lines derive...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Scheck AC,Perry K,Hank NC,Clark WD

    更新日期:2006-08-16 00:00:00

  • Effects of rhodiola crenulata on mice hearts under severe sleep apnea.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:The goal of this study is to determine if Rhodiola Crenulata (RC) has protective effects on mice hearts with severe sleep apnea model. METHODS:Sixty-four C57BL/6 J mice 5-6 months old were distributed into 4 groups i.e. Control group (21% O2, 24 h per day, 8 weeks, n=16); Hypoxia group (Hypoxia: 7% O2 60 s,...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Lai MC,Lin JG,Pai PY,Lai MH,Lin YM,Yeh YL,Cheng SM,Liu YF,Huang CY,Lee SD

    更新日期:2015-06-25 00:00:00

  • Synergistic gastroprotective activity of methanolic extract of a mixture of Melastoma malabathricum and Muntingia calabura leaves in rats.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Melastoma malabathricum L. (family Melastomaceae; MM) and Muntingia calabura L. (family Elaeocarpaceae; MC) have been separately reported to possess gastroprotective activity. In an attempt to develop a pharmaceutical product with antiulcer potential, the synergistic gastroprotective activity of methanolic e...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Halim SZ,Zakaria ZA,Omar MH,Mohtarrudin N,Wahab IRA,Abdullah MNH

    更新日期:2017-11-09 00:00:00

  • Appraisal of phytochemical and in vitro biological attributes of an unexplored folklore: Rhus Punjabensis Stewart.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:The role of plants for discovery of therapeutic potential accentuates the need to know their biological attributes. The present study aims to comprehend the biological attributes of Rhus punjabensis, an unexplored traditional medicinal plant. METHODS:Leaf and stem extracts of R. punjabensis prepared in 11 d...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Tabassum S,Ahmed M,Mirza B,Naeem M,Zia M,Shanwari ZK,Khan GM

    更新日期:2017-03-09 00:00:00

  • The ameliorating effects of long-term electroacupuncture on cardiovascular remodeling in spontaneously hypertensive rats.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:The purpose of this study was to investigate the inhibitory effects of long-term electroacupuncture at BaiHui (DU20) and ZuSanLi (ST36) on cardiovascular remodeling in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and underlying mechanisms. METHODS:6-weeks-old SHR or Wistar male rats were randomly, divided into 6 g...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Huo ZJ,Li Q,Tian GH,Zhou CM,Wei XH,Pan CS,Yang L,Bai Y,Zhang YY,He K,Wang CS,Li ZG,Han JY

    更新日期:2014-04-01 00:00:00

  • Changes in antioxidant and antibacterial activities as well as phytochemical constituents associated with ginger storage and polyphenol oxidase activity.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Herbal materials should be stored at optimal conditions in order to retain their nutritional quality. Proper storage has a significant impact on the quality of the herbs and spices. METHODS:The effects of storage temperature (5 and 15 °C) and time (4 and 8 months) on the phytochemical constituents associate...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Ghasemzadeh A,Jaafar HZ,Rahmat A

    更新日期:2016-09-29 00:00:00

  • Antibacterial constituents of Fructus Chebulae Immaturus and their mechanisms of action.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:To extract, purify, and identify the effective constituents of aqueous extract of Fructus Chebulae Immaturus, and analyze the bactericidal effects of total tannins. METHODS:Preparative thin layer chromatography and semi-preparative high performance liquid chromatography were used to isolate and purify the t...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Li K,Lin Y,Li B,Pan T,Wang F,Yuan R,Ji J,Diao Y,Wang S

    更新日期:2016-07-02 00:00:00

  • Protective effect of Suxiao jiuxin pill, a traditional Chinese medicine, against acute myocardial ischemia in dogs.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of Suxiao Jiuxin Pill (SX), a traditional Chinese medicine, on acute myocardial ischemia induced by coronary occlusion in anesthetized dogs. METHODS:Acute myocardial ischemia model was established by ligating the left anterior descending artery to redu...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Lu Z,Zhang Y,Zhuang P,Zhang J,Zhou H,Zhang M,Yang X,Wang J,Liu D,Tong Y

    更新日期:2015-10-19 00:00:00

  • Evaluation of the anti-cancer potential of Cedrus deodara total lignans by inducing apoptosis of A549 cells.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Cedrus deodara (Roxb.) Loud (normally called as deodar), one out of four species in the genus Cedrus, exhibits widely biological activities. The Cedrus deodara total lignans from the pine needles (CTL) were extracted. The aim of the study was to investigate the anticancer potential of the CTL on A549 cell li...

    journal_title:BMC complementary and alternative medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Shi X,Du R,Zhang J,Lei Y,Guo H

    更新日期:2019-10-24 00:00:00