November 6, 2022

Diabetes mellitus is affecting the health of millions. Diabetes can result in long-term microvascular and macrovascular complications. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is one of the most common and painful microvascular complications. Poorly controlled diabetes often leads to disability.  Since diabetic neuropathy   has severe consequences, including impaired balance and gait, loss of sensation in the feet, severe injuries, diabetic foot ulcers, and lower-limb amputations, it is a significant challenge to the healthcare system. Neuropathic pain is considered one of the most debilitating neuropathy symptoms. Numerous studies have demonstrated that chronic painful diabetic neuropathy causes an impaired quality of life with declined physical activity, sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, social isolation, and decreased adherence to management.

October 26, 2022

Cancer and other chronic diseases seriously threaten human health in today’s world. Due to these diseases mortality rate is increasing year-by-year. In modern medicine, in spite of great progress in treating these diseases, most FDA-approved single-target drug preparations have some defects in the treatment of complex chronic diseases. Some even have serious side effects. Natural herbal medicines usually have the historical experience of traditional medication and the characteristics of multi-component, multi-link, and multi-target, which make them have potential advantages in the treatment of chronic diseases with relatively low side effects. Among many traditional natural medicines, resins frankincense and myrrh have been proven to be effective in the treatment of inflammation and cancer.

October 16, 2020

Coronary arteries angiography is a procedure for diagnosing cardiovascular diseases. In spite of the low risk of coronary artery angiography method, it could lead to stress, anxiety and consequently hemodynamic changes in patients. The goal of this study is to assess the effects of inhalation aromatherapy with Rosa damascena on stress, anxiety, and hemodynamic parameters of patients undergoing coronary angiography.

September 30, 2022

Stroke can cause cognitive decline. The frequency of cognitive impairment after an ischemic stroke ranges from 20 to 30%, with an increasing risk in the two years after stroke. According to recent studies, 25% of patients suffer from poststroke dementia, and the risk of poststroke patients developing dementia within the following five years is nine times higher than in the healthy population, especially for cognitive domains such as memory and attention. Prevention of secondary strokes and specific treatment for the improvement of cognitive function should be a main task of the management of cognitive impairment following cerebrovascular disease. Secondary stroke prevention includes control of risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and hyperhomocysteinemia. Homocysteine is an  independent risk factor for stroke. Strokes caused by hyperhomocysteinemia are usually followed by cerebral microangiopathy and multiple infarction that can reduce cognitive function in various domains.

Ingestion of 0.5–5 mg folic acid, use of neuroprotective drugs, antianxiety medicine, hypnosedatives, and antidepressants has side effects and is expensive. Therefore, the use of natural medicines, especially in the more effective herbal form rather than the active component (isolation of the pure compound) is getting more and more popular in our days.

September 14, 2022

Since aging is a constant and universal process, elderly individuals face many health problems associated with aging. One problem common in old age is constipation.  It is estimated that 40% of individuals aged 65 and older experience constipation, which increases to 74% if they live in a nursing home.

If it is not treated, it can cause many complications including fecal incontinence, anal fissures, bowel perforation, gas and bloating. For constipation management, pharmacological, non-pharmacological and surgical treatment methods can be used. Considering the cost and complications of pharmaceutical treatment, the tendency to use non-drug methods such as complementary medicine and traditional medicine has increased.

The main non-pharmacological methods generally used in constipation treatment are lifestyle changes including increasing physical activity, liquid consumption and fiber consumption. In addition, biofeedback, acupressure, reflexology and abdominal massage are other preferred methods for constipation management.


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