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In this section you will find interesting articles about complementary and alternative medicine, written by the foundation IOCOB

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment with Palmitoylethanolamide (PeaPure)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most common compression neuropathy. It is the reason for pain and functional impairment. On the picture we see in yellow the median nerve, being compressed under a ligament in the wrist. This gives rise to chronic pain. Pain normally can be reduced with oral neuropathic analgesics. However, the side effects of most of the NSAIDS limit its use.  It is available in its purest form as PeaPure , without chemical excipients.

Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) , a fatty acid occurring naturally in our body, has also neuropathic pain reducing properties. Furthermore, it stabilizes mast cells, present in the carpal tunnel. Besides the pain reducing effect, PEA has also neuroprotective properties. To evaluate the clinical effects of PEA in CTS, Italian researchers randomised 28 diabetic patients with CTS, in two groups: one group received PEA twice daily 600mg and the other group received placebo.

PEA has been administered in clinical trials in around 2800 patients suffering from pain, and another 3000 suffering from the flu. 

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2008: the year of meditation and mindfulness

Meditation is Good for You! That has become clear based upon many different studies. In 2008 there was an abundance of research into the value of meditation for medicine. Studies by modern imaging techniques such as MRI have shown that meditation a deep and lasting effect on us and our nervous system. There are nearly 800 publications from 2008 to about meditation in the largest medical database that we have, Pubmed. That is not nothing. More and more areas of medicine, the value of meditation for patients discovered and rediscovered. And doctors and other health workers are discovering the value of meditation as a stress-reducing technique in their turbulent medical work.


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Mucuna Pruriens for Parkinson’s disease


This is the initiation of an important Forum on the value of Mucuna Pruriens’s for patients with Parkinon’s disease. Patients are invited to share their experiences at the bottom of this article thus share it with other users.

Mucuna Pruriens is a plant whose components are part of at least 200 different ayurvedic preparations. In India, Mucuna Pruriens known as Kapikachhu. All parts of the plant are known for medicinal uses. There is a variety of familiar applications, ranging from potency increase, improvement of fertility in men, antidote for snake bites and, last but not least for Parkinson’s disease. The plant is also known by the names Pica Pica, Kapikachu, Yerepe, Yoruba, Atmagupta, Common Cowitch, Velvet bean, Velvet bean and Cowhage. Especially for patients with Parkinson’s disease is very interesting this preparation.

Mucuna pruriens preparations are already hundreds of years used in traditional ayurvedic medicine. The preparation has an obvious effect on various systems for transmission of nerve impulses (neurotransmitter systems), including the dopamine system. In 2004, the first major treatment results of a placebo-controlled clinical study published.The study was reporting the effects of 15 and 30 grams of a preparation of these seeds in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The results were encouraging. We share with you our knowledge on this treatment, its efficacy and its safety.

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Indian Astrology of Jay Singh in Jaipur

Vedic astrology is the base of the ayurvedic medical astrology or Jyotish. One of the founding fathers of the vedic astrology was the Maharaja Jai Singh. He became intensely interested in astronomy during a tense debate in 1719 at the court of Mughal emperor Mohammed Shah. At issue was a trip on which the Emperor was planning to embark. Court astrologers could not agree on the best date. The debate encouraged Jai Singh to set astrological education as a priority in his kingdom. To that end, he constructed a series of observatories, starting with Delhi (in 1724), followed by Varanasi, Ujjain, Mathura and lastly Jaipur. 

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Golden Needle Therapy in Bhutan

In the traditional Bhutanese medicine the golden needle therapy is very popular. The golden needle is a nail like golden thick needle, used to treat many disorders. Many patients actively ask the traditional healer to be treated with the golden needle. The golden needle therapy is seen by many Bhutanese patients as something quite special.

IOCOB visited in 2008 a traditional healer to inquire about this method. We thougt the method might be related to Chinese medicine, were golden needles are used also. But it appeared to be quite different. Golden neelde therapy is cauterization: the  golden needle is heated and on certain points, unrelated to acupuncture points, the heated needle is applied. Not piercing through the skin, but only touching the skin. This it is not acupuncture, but cauterization. The therapy is a 2nd line therapy, if herbal remedies are not sufficient.

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On the history of kings of Bhutan and Bhutanese Medicine

In november 2008 an expedition of two members of the Foundation IOCOB went to Buthan to look for the roots of Bhutanese Traditional medicine. While lunching at a small village, they noticed a triple railbow at the other side of the river, above a small temple. This rainbow emerged trice. This tempel was unkown to us and we suggested our guide to pay a visit to that temple. It appeared to be a very good move. We discovered an upto now unkown or forgotten element in Bhutanese history of its royalty and its medicine. Our guide Tshering Dhebdup assisted in translating the story the old monk told us.

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LSD and medicine

LSD and medicine: first steps

At the end of 2007 a researcher from Switzerland, doctor Peter Gasser, was granted permission to deploy LSD as therapy. The title of his research:

LSD assisted psychotherapy in persons suffering from anxiety associated with advanced-stage life threatening diseases.

This is the first time since 1972 that there has been renewed scientific attention for the medical aspects of LSD. In the USA in 2008 Harvard University launched a project for patients with severe form of headache, cluster headache, using psilocybin (from the magic mushroom) or LSD. At the end of this article we provide an overview of all the LSD research in the world.

Albert Hofmann discovered LSD in 1943 and the first decades of research was in the hands of scientists and doctors. LSD helped to develop a new vision on our consciousness and on illnesses such as schizophrenia. This documentary shows how LSD before the western world criminalised it. LSD proved to have a large impact on the personal lives of those who intakes. This documentary in 2008  put on utube is a unique document.

Geniouses from the past, such as Aldeous Huxley, took LSD on their deathbed, and Dr Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD, took the last time this substance on the age of 97! (He was 102).

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Geraniumroot extract (Pelargonium sidoides) in bronchitis and flu

A Geranium species, Pelargonium (Pelargonium sidoides) is used in South Africa as a natural antibiotic. Its name is ‘Umckaloabo’, and it has been used for centuries by the Zulu, Basuto, Xhosa and Mfenfi tribes. It seems to be especially valued for its action on upper respiratory tract infections, coughs and ear, nose and throat infections as well for its ability to support rapid recovery from bronchitis, colds and flu.

In 1897 Charles Stevens, an Englishman, was treated with this geranium to cure him from tuberculosis. Fully recovered, he took this remedy to Europe and the herb gained in popularity since than. 

To date an impressive number of studies of Geraniumroot extract (Pelargonium sidoides) have been published so far. One, from Bulgaria, tested Geranium extract in the laboratory and documented its anti-viral activity. Another study, from Germany, published in the Journal of Family Practice in March 2004, found that Geranium reduced the severity as well as the duration of acute bronchitis. That study compared Geranium against placebo The evaluation was done in 476 men and women. The symptoms of bronchitis were evaluated on a scale used to measure the severity of that disease. After seven days of treatment, the patients who received the extract had better scores on the rating scale than did the patients who took the placebo. The efficacy and safety of the Geranium Pelergonium is sufficiently documented. One of the remaining questions is, would it be of use against the flu? 

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Vortex of mindfulness

Vortex of mindfulness: the newest mindfulness video of IOCOB, based on the strange phenomena of the Vortex. Observing it all without any preference, observing your thoughts and associations based on these pictures. Observing as sitting on a hill, like a watcher on the hill. 3 minutes mindfulness!

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Moment of Mindfulness

Step bij step sitting together in mindfulness.

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