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Archive for the 'Cramps' Category

Supervised vs home exercise to treat intermittent claudication

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Intermittent claudication is a diagnosis for muscle pain (ache, cramp, numbness, or sense of fatigue) typically in the calf muscle, which occurs during exercise and is relieved by a short period of rest.

Researchers at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, in Oklahoma City, compared home-based exercise to a supervised exercise program. (more…)

Garlic: Is it more than a food and a spice?

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

It’s one of the best-researched, best-selling herbal remedies. But what do we really know?

Researchers from the University of Naples Federico II, in Italy reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Consumer alert: “Total Body Formula” and “Mega Formula”

Monday, April 14th, 2008

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises not to purchase or consume Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor.

There are 43 reports of people in 9 states who experienced serious adverse reactions. (more…)

Aromatherapy to lessen menstrual cramps

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Abdominal massage using two drops of lavender (Lavandula officinalis), one drop of clary sage (Salvia sclarea), and one drop of rose (Rosa centifolia) in 5 mL of almond oil was more effective than no treatment or almond oil alone.

Here are the details.


Pycnogenol treatment of venous insufficiency

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

In the past year, several studies on this topic have appeared. The results are positive.

So, let’s review.

FDA warns against using quinine to treat leg cramps. Options, please?

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

The FDA is cracking down on companies that sell quinine-containing products such as Qualaquin for non-approved uses. Their concern is over the risks of quinine to treat leg cramps.

What’s the risk?