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Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Nervous System Conditions

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Guest Editor

James D. Adams, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
E-mails: [email protected]
Website: https://pharmacyschool.usc.edu/faculty/profile/?id=372
Research Interests: California Indian healing; traditional healing; medicinal plants; phytochemistry; pharmacology; pain; stroke

About This Topic

The peripheral and central nervous systems are involved in many diseases, such as pain, hypertension, stroke and neurodegenerative diseases. Standard medicine does not adequately treat many of these conditions. Traditional medicine can offer complementary and alternative treatments that may be helpful.

Pain is usually treated with dangerous oral medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids. These drugs have major adverse reactions and kill many patients. Acupuncture and other skin centered therapies are more effective at treating pain, with fewer adverse reactions.

Hypertension is, in part, caused by excessive sympathetic activity that can be blocked with sympathetic antagonists. These drugs all have major adverse reactions and do not cure hypertension. Patients must stay on these drugs for the rest of their lives, like an addiction. The chances of patients suffering drug toxicity is probably 100% over their lifetimes. Traditional medicine offers the concept of balance that can help prevent and cure hypertension through avoiding toxic lifestyles.

Stroke results in paralysis of the limbs in many patients. Standard medicine is inadequate at helping with stroke recovery and paralysis. Traditional medicine offers medicines and physical therapy techniques that can greatly aid stroke patients. This issue will help expose the standard healthcare community to traditional medicines that can be helpful in treating nervous system conditions. Patient centered healthcare should emphasize prevention through avoiding toxic lifestyles and avoiding the use of standard drugs as much as possible.

Publication

Editorial

The Treatment of the Nervous System with Complementary and Alternative Medicine

James David Adams
Received: February 25, 2019; Published: February 27, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901014

Case Report

Chronic Pain after Reported Whiplash Injury – A Patient Case Report

Gunnel Berry
Received: April 13, 2018; Published: February 25, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901012

Review

Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Kratom: Succinct Introduction to the Basics and the Questions

Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Robert Taylor, Robert B. Raffa, Jo Anne LeQuang
Received: July 27, 2018; Published: December 28, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804038

Case Report

Chronic Pain Two Cures

James David Adams, Jr
Received: January 14, 2018; Published: December 20, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804035

Original Research

Complementary and alternative treatment of MS – A study of three cases

Katarina Mark, Maria Arman
Received: June 9, 2018; Published: November 27, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804031

Review

What is the Current Evidence to Support the Use of Herbs and Supplements to Treat Mood and Anxiety Disorders?

Megan Berberich, Bettina Bernstein
Received: March 10, 2018; Published: November 13, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804030

Communication

Auricular Interventions in Neurology: the Vascular Autonomic Signal Challenge

Im Quah-Smith
Received: May 9, 2018; Published: June 26, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802012

Original Research

A Multi-modal Intervention after Stroke: The Caregiver Experience

Katie M. Hinsey, Karen E. Atler, Christine A. Fruhauf, Ruby A. Boster, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Arlene A. Schmid
Received: March 7, 2018; Published: June 8, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802010

Review

Healthcare Clowning: Use of Specific Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Hospitalized Children

Alberto Dionigi
Received: February 16, 2018; Published: June 1, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802009

Review

How Can Acupuncture Be Used in Treating Dementia?

Fung Kei Cheng
Received: March 2, 2018; Published: April 23, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802005