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

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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Biophoton therapy: an appraisal

Biophotons are interesting phenomena, and Dr Popp is the founder of the work on biophotons and the putative role in cellular biochemical reactions. The work of Dr Popp is hghly innovatove, but sadly enough, it has also be the base of the so called biophoton therapy. The Starlight is a machine, brought to the market, to treat a variety of diseases with biophotons, such as malaria, Lyme, multple sclerosis, schizophrenia, depression etc. Our foundation is very concerned about these unproven claims, and asked Dr Popp for his appraisal. In the following clipp you find our analysis of biophoton therapy.

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Relaxation, the base of meditation and mindfulness

mindfulness.jpgRelaxation, the base of meditation and mindfulness. First you Relax, than you fall in meditation. You fall, as you can not steer the proces. You can only create an environment inwhich meditation occurs……..


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Relaxation, meditation and mindfulness

Relaxation, meditation and mindfulness: Relaxation is the base of all meditation and mindfulness sessions. Without Relaxation meditation and mindfulness will not be possible. In these 2 video’s Jan Keppel Hesselink explains the relation between Relaxation, meditation and mindfulness. In the third video a nice meditation: the tree sitting meditation. A must for everyone wanting to feel relaxed, the condition for falling into meditation. Because meditation cannot be done, it happens…you can fall into it.

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Scientific advisors foundation IOCOB

Journalists are kindly requested foundation IOCOB to call for information about the foundation and substantive issues (030-6939022), and not our scientific advisers. The scientific advisers IOCOB only give advice based on the following. They are not representatives of IOCOB for the press!

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How to assess complementary medicine?

Quality indicator for Complementary Treatments

There are many professionals using hundreds of different non-regular or complementary treatments (alternative medicine). The treatments range from traditional non-Western medicine such as acupuncture, Ayurvedic, Tibetan medicine, Winti to a variety of diets and supplements.

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Ioannides: a professor with Balls!

Professor Ioannides is epidemiologist and internist and it is his belief that science and truth are not the same. In some controversial articles he worked from that vision. There is much to so-called bias in published articles. This is not least because a lot of research done, and because the hunt is often relatively small effects. There are too few studies duplicated, because the journals have a bias and prefer to publish original documents. Publications cover moreover but a very small part of the research, and in the non-visible part have a lot of errors.

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Homeopath’s and fundamentalism

The homeopaths have worked well over the last few years difficult. Many aggressive stories are written that homeopathy can not work, and that only the blind, randomized study etc can give a definitive answer. That homeopathy is implausible and therefore also no longer need to be investigated, that water can not work unless placebo, which is the scams etc. Why all this sudden aggression? If something is safe, it is the homepathie, especially if it is in the hands of a doctor. In an article in June 2008 analyzes a homeopath fundamentalism around the assessment of the efficacy of the homeopatie. His conclusion:

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