Author | Debra Barton, PhD, RN

Articles

Integrative Medicine: Not Just Garnish

May 09, 2012

ByDebra Barton, PhD, RN

We still have much to do to fully understand the potential of complementary therapies as important elements in cancer treatment and health. Mind-body and body-based interventions may be able to improve health and prevent disease as effectively as pharmacologic agents-without the toxicities associated with pharmacologics, and as adjuncts to pharmacologic therapies they may help to maximize health and diminish disease with less toxicity.

Ginseng

April 18, 2011

ByDebra Barton, PhD, RN

Ginseng is an herb from the genus Panax of the Araliaceae family that is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is termed an “adaptogen,” as it is believed to have properties that help to restore balance to the body and protect the body from physiologic stress.

Energy Therapies

July 09, 2010

ByLisa Schnepper, PhD, RN|Debra Barton, PhD, RN|Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN

Energy therapies consist of interventions that are designed to interact with the biofield of a person. The concept of the biofield is based on the assumption that all living things have a natural flow of energy that is integral to their basic composition.

Curcumin

April 09, 2010

ByBharat B. Aggarwal, PhD|Debra Barton, PhD, RN|Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN

Curcumin is yellow curry powder, also called turmeric, Indian saffron, “Haldi,” or “curry powder.” It is a yellow pigment present in turmeric and constitutes 2%–5% of turmeric.