Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medical Research <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medical Research (ISSN: 2456-6276)</strong> aims to publish high quality papers (<a href="/index.php/JOCAMR/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in the areas of Complementary, Alternative and Integrative medical research. This journal facilitates the research and wishes to publish papers as long as they are technically correct, scientifically motivated. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled,&nbsp;OPEN&nbsp;peer reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.</p> en-US (Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medical Research) (Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medical Research) Mon, 13 Sep 2021 12:23:08 +0000 OJS 60 Ashwagandha-Induced Gastric Upset in Post-Covid Patient-A Case Report and Brief Review of the Literature <p>Adverse drug reporting of herbal drugs is less common as they are generally considered as safe. It is also very common to use self-medication by people in the case of herbal drugs. But many &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;times, mild to severe events have been seen with the use of herbal or ayurvedic medicines. We have reported a case of post-covid patient, who was having complained of headache, body ache, lethargy, backache, generalized weakness and excessive sweating since one weak. Patient had past history of hospitalization due to COVID-19 moderate pneumonia one month back. Patient also had history of type-2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension and dyslipidemia and was taking anti-diabetic and anti-hypertensive medications continuously. <em>Ashwagandha </em>powder (<em>Withania somnifera</em>), <em>Maha yogaraj guggulu</em> (herbal anti-inflammatory) and <em>Syrup Amynity Plus</em> (herbal immune-booster) were prescribed for these complain. Conversely, moderate severity adverse reaction like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps were noted after the intake of suspected drug i.e. <em>ashwagandha</em> powder.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Nevertheless, symptoms were relieved after the de-challenge. This shows a temporal relation of the event with the suspected drug. One more possibility of drug-drug interaction in this case cannot be ruled out completely. Causality assessment was done for this adverse event and it was considered as the “probable” category of the adverse event in WHO causality classification.</p> Danish Javed, Ahmad Najmi ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 13 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Assessment of Association between Gas Flaring and Prevalence of Diseases: Delineation of Opinion from Perception <p><strong>Background:</strong> Pollutants are released into the atmosphere by gas flaring, and these cause a range of health problems, including heart disease and respiratory disorders. This article assesses the opinion and perception of the community regarding association between gas flaring and prevalence of diseases.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> This research followed a descriptive quantitative approach. Purposive survey using 2 Likert scale questionnaires was adopted, and the first questionnaire collected data on distance to gas flare site, health status and family health history, amongst others. The second collected data on perception and knowledge-based opinions regarding association and correlation. Summated Likert scale were collated and descriptive and correlation analysis between distance to gas flare site and number of diseases in respondents and their families were done.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> In this purposive survey, there is no correlation between nearness to gas flare and prevalence of diseases. There appears no difference in communities proximal to flare sites compared to non-host communities farther from site. Multivariate analysis further shows that no statistically significant difference between groups, except in comparison of perceptions. <strong>Conclusion:</strong> This investigation shows a variation from previous observation in this series i.e. that distance to gas flare site is a potential factor influencing community members’ perception about their health impact, but the surveyed opinion of healthcare workers differs. This implies that nearness to gas flare sites mediate perception of negative health impact and this calls for further research to delineate perception from knowledge-based opinion.</p> Nkemdilim I. Obi, Phillip T. Bwititi, Josiah O. Adjene, Ezekiel U. Nwose ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fri, 17 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Effect of Warm Epsom Salt Pack over Knee Osteoarthritis-A Randomized Controlled Trial <p><strong>Aims: </strong>Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis which commonly affects weight-bearing joints like the knee, hip, spine, and joints.&nbsp; Since the effectiveness of conventional medicine on severe types of osteoarthritis is surgical intervention, the patients are seeking alternative medicine. A warm Epsom salt pack is used commonly for pains over joints. Hence this study is undertaken.</p> <p><strong>Study Design: </strong>Randomized Controlled Trial.</p> <p><strong>Place and Duration of Study: </strong>Department of Naturopathy, SDM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, between November 2019 and January2020.</p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>From the inpatient department of Shri Dharmasthala Yoga and Nature cure Hospital Shanthivana, hundred subjects diagnosed with osteoarthritis belonging to the age groupof35to75yearswererecruitedandwererandomlyallocated to case (Warm Epsom salt pack) and control group. Subjects were assessed for Goniometry, Visual analog scale (VAS), Shortform-12(SF-12), Western Ontario and McMaster Osteoarthritis Index Scale (WOMAC) before and after the intervention of 20 minutes.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>The study was done to evaluate the effect of Warm Epsom salt on Knee Osteoarthritis. There were 100 subjects in the sample. Shapiro-Wilk’s test/Quantile-Quantile (QQ) plot was used to check the normality of variables. In study group there was a significant decrease in Goniometry (p=&lt;0.0001), SF 12 (p=&lt;0.0001), WOMAC (P=&lt;0.0001).&nbsp; In the control group, other than VAS there were no significant changes in other variables (Goniometry, WOMAC, SF-12).</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Our study indicates that a warm Epsom salt pack may reduce pain, stiffness, range of motion, and improves the quality of life. The study revealed that Warm Epsom salt reduced Range of motion from 172.94 to 134.5, WOMAC from 65.94 to 26.38, and Quality of life from 33.98 to 31.22. Results reveal with significant improvement (p&lt;0.001) in pain, swelling, and quality of life.</p> Ranjini Rajasekharan, Sujatha Dinesh, Prashanth shetty ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fri, 17 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0000