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The Role of Traditional and Complementary Medicine to Improve Fertility and Emotional Well-Being
C. Smith et al.
Published on: 10/25/2021
Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) is a broad set of healthcare practices that sit outside conventional medicine in many countries. They are described by users as preventative and holistic, aimed to treat illness, promote health and well-being and used due to personal beliefs, preferences and resonance with traditions and cultural practices. Common therapies include acupuncture, naturopathy and physical and manual therapies such as yoga, and massage.
Herbal Medicine for Functional Dyspepsia: Network Meta-Analysis of Placebo-Controlled Randomised
Leonard Ho et al.
Published on: 10/23/2021
Conventional treatments for functional dyspepsia (FD) are limited. Herbal medicine (HM) use is prevalent despite unclear comparative effectiveness among different formulae.
Effectiveness and Safety of Motion Style Acupuncture Treatment of the Pelvic Joint for Herniated
Je-Heon Noh et al.
Published on: 10/21/2021
This prospective observational study was conducted to investigate the effects of motion style acupuncture treatment (MSAT) on the pelvic joint for managing herniated lumbar disc with radiating leg pain.
Exploring the Potential Mechanism of Shennao Fuyuan Tang for Ischemic Stroke Based on Network
Jia Min Li et al.
Published on: 10/20/2021
Shennao Fuyuan Tang (SNFYT) is an effective herbal formula for ischemic stroke (IS). It has been in China for more than 20 years, but its effective biologically active components and underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. This study aimed to investigate the mechanism of action of SNFYT for the treatment of IS from both network pharmacology and molecular docking aspects.
Acupuncture for Quality of Life in Gastric Cancer Patients Undergoing Adjuvant Chemotherapy
Yan-Juan Zhu et al.
Published on: 10/18/2021
Patients with gastric cancer experience health-related quality of life (HRQOL) decline during adjuvant chemotherapy following gastrectomy.
Releasing CLARIFY: A New Guideline for Improving Yoga Research Transparency and Usefulness
Steffany Moonaz et al.
Published on: 10/15/2021
In order for published research to be useful, it must be clear. A study can be well designed and well executed, but if poorly reported, its quality cannot be discerned. In addition, research published without clarity cannot be readily applied to clinical practice or appropriately brought to bear in relevant policy decisions.
NMR Technique and Methodology in Botanical Health Product Analysis and Quality Control
Jianping Zhao et al.
Published on: 10/13/2021
Botanicals have played an important role in maintaining human health and well-being throughout history. During the past few decades in particular, the use of botanical health products has gained more popularity. Whereas, quality, safety and efficacy concerns have continuously been critical issues due to the intrinsic chemical complexity of botanicals.
Headache and Migraine Clinical Practice Guidelines: A Systematic Review and Assessment
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 10/12/2021
Globally, 3 billion people suffer from either migraine or tension-type headache disorder over their lifetime. Approximately 50% of American adults suffering from headache or migraine have used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), however, the quality and quantity of recommendations associated with such therapies across clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for the treatment and/or management of these conditions are unknown. The purpose of this study was to identify the quantity and assess the quality of such CAM recommendations.
Quality of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Information for Type 2 Diabetes: A Cross-Sectional
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 10/8/2021
The global prevalence of diabetes mellitus is projected to reach approximately 700 million by the year 2045, with roughly 90–95% of all diabetes cases being type 2 in nature. Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) frequently seek information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) online. This study assessed the quality of publicly accessible websites providing consumer health information at the intersection of T2DM and CAM.
The Art and Science of Scientific Writing: Advocating the Use of Reporting Guidelines
Holger Cramer et al.
Published on: 10/7/2021
Writing is a creative act, a completely unique form of art: the author’s imagination, their inner world of conception, is encoded in all its abundance and comprehensiveness into a verbal code. A code, which the reader, in turn, thrown back solely on the inevitably inadequate linguistic paraphrase of the world of thought of another person, usually a complete stranger to them, must decipher in their own imagination and, as it were, construct anew.
The Subjective Well-being and Health-Related Quality of Life of Australian Adults with Increased
Bradley Leech et al.
Published on: 10/5/2021
The integrity and function of the gastrointestinal system is important in disease prevention and management. This study aims to describe the management methods used by Australian adults with suspected increased intestinal permeability (IP) and the association with subjective wellbeing (SWB) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL).
Effect of Early Acupuncture on Cognitive Function in Patients with Vascular Dementia after Cerebral
Hui Han et al.
Published on: 10/3/2021
To observe the clinical efficacy of early acupuncture for vascular dementia (VD) after cerebral infarction, and explore its possible mechanism.
Why talk about Complementary and Integrative Therapies? Needs and Concept for Complementary
Sonja Lüer et al.
Published on: 10/1/2021
State of the art pediatric hematology and oncology multimodal treatments require a multidisciplinary and interprofessional, as well as patient- and family-centered approach for best care. Complementary medicine (CM) is frequently used in child and adolescent health care in Switzerland.
Clinical and Economic Evaluation of Acupuncture for Opioid-Dependent Patients Receiving Methadone
Hao Wen et al.
Published on: 9/30/2021
From the health care and societal perspectives, this study aimed to evaluate the clinical and economic effects of acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT).
Naturally Occurring Girinimbine Alkaloid Inhibits the Proliferation, Migration, and Invasion
Lihong Yang et al.
Published on: 9/29/2021
The currently used anticancer drugs against breast cancer possess serious side effects, have limited efficacy, and often lead to recurrence of the malignancy. The main aim of this research was to investigate the anticancer potential of Girinimbine, a naturally occurring carbazole alkaloid, against ER-negative breast cancer cells (MDA-MB-453) along with its effects on cell migration and invasion, apoptosis, and MEK/ERK/STAT3 pathway.
Low Back Pain Patients’ Perceived Effectiveness of Utilizing Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 9/27/2021
The purpose of this systematic review of qualitative studies is to explore patients’ perceived effectiveness of utilizing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for the treatment and/or management of low back pain (LBP).
Factor Analysis of Traditional Chinese Medicine Syndromes and Clinical Characteristics of Patients
Xue Xue et al.
Published on: 9/25/2021
Secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) causes damage to skeletal, cardiovascular, and nervous systems and is common in the maintenance of hemodialysis (MHD) patients. This study explored association between the clinical characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) syndromes in MHD patients with SHPT.
Would Integrated Western And Traditional Chinese Medicine Have More Benefits For Stroke
Linda LD Zhong et al.
Published on: 9/23/2021
Stroke is a major cause of death or long-term disability worldwide. Many patients with stroke receive integrative therapy consisting of Western medicine (WM) and routine rehabilitation in conjunction with Chinese medicine (CM), such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. However, there is no available evidence on the effectiveness of the combined use of WM and CM interventions in stroke rehabilitation.
Pain and Opioid Use: Evidence for Integrating Acupuncture Into Treatment Planning
Elizabeth Sommers et al.
Published on: 9/21/2021
The epidemics of pain and opioid use pose unique challenges. Comprehensive approaches are required to address minds, bodies and spirits of individuals who live with pain and/or opioid use. The lack of an effective “quick fix” for either condition necessitates developing effective, innovative and multi-disciplinary avenues for treatment.
Incorporating Acupuncture Into American Healthcare: Initiating a Discussion on Implementation
David W. Miller et al.
Published on: 9/19/2021
The field of implementation science is the study of methods that promote the uptake of evidence-based interventions into healthcare policy and practice. While acupuncture has gained significant traction in the American healthcare landscape, its journey has been somewhat haphazard and non-linear.
A Data Driven Agent-Based Model That Recommends Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions to Suppress
Ling Yin et al.
Published on: 9/17/2021
Before herd immunity against Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is achieved by mass vaccination, science-based guidelines for non-pharmaceutical interventions are urgently needed to reopen megacities. This study integrated massive mobile phone tracking records, census data and building characteristics into a spatially explicit agent-based model to simulate COVID-19 spread among 11.2 million individuals living in Shenzhen City, China.
Complementary Medicines and Therapies in Clinical Guidelines on Pregnancy Care: A Systematic Review
Carolyn Ee et al.
Published on: 9/15/2021
There is a need for evidence-based guidance on complementary medicines and therapies (CMT) use during pregnancy due to high prevalence of use and lack of guidance on the balance of benefit and harms.
Complementary Medicine Use and Flu Vaccination – A Nationally Representative Survey of US Adults
Wiebke Kathrin Kohl-Heckl et al.
Published on: 9/13/2021
Prior research presented inconsistent results with less, equal or higher vaccination rates among patients using complementary medicine. Given that complementary medicine includes a wide range of therapies, variable vaccination patterns may occur within consultations with different professions. This analysis aims to to evaluate differences between categories of complementary medicine regarding vaccination behavior among US adults.
Patients’ Perceptions on Non-specific Effects of Acupuncture: Qualitative Comparison
Robin S. T. Ho et al.
Published on: 9/11/2021
Non-specific effect of acupuncture constitutes part of the overall effect generated via clinical encounter beyond needle insertion and stimulation. It is unclear how responders and non-responders of acupuncture experience non-specific effects differently. We aimed to compare their experiences in a nested qualitative study embedded in an acupuncture randomized trial on functional dyspepsia.
Cannabis for Pain: A Cross-Sectional Survey of the Patient Information Quality on the Internet
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 9/9/2021
Cannabis has increasingly become an alternative treatment for chronic pain, however, there is evidence of concomitant negative health effects with its long-term usage. Patients contemplating cannabis use for pain relief commonly see information online but may not be able to identify trustworthy and accurate sources, therefore, it is imperative that healthcare practitioners play a role in assisting them in discerning the quality of information. The present study assesses the quality of web-based consumer health information available at the intersection of cannabis and pain.
Practitioner and Practice Characteristics of Australian Osteopaths Who Discuss Lifestyle Factors
Jon Adams et al.
Published on: 9/7/2021
Healthcare professionals' advice on lifestyle behaviours is a key factor in improving a nation's health. Although allied health professionals have been well placed to provide such advice as part of patient care, little is known about the characteristics of allied health practitioners who discuss lifestyle topics with patients. This paper focused upon an overlooked avenue for lifestyle advice regarding an allied health profession – osteopathy.
The Utilisation of Public and Private Health Care among Australian Women with Diabetes
Jeremy Y. Ng
Published on: 9/6/2021
To describe the prevalence of health care utilisation and out-of-pocket expenditure associated with the management of diabetes among Australian women aged 45 years and older.
Therapeutic Effect of Matrine on Collagen-Induced Arthritis Rats and Its Regulatory Effect
Xin Li et al.
Published on: 9/5/2021
To investigate the effect of matrine on rats with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) and its regulatory effect on receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL) and osteoprotegerin (OPG) expression.
Integrative Medicine in General Practice in Australia: A Mixed-Methods Study Exploring Education
Carolyn Ee et al.
Published on: 9/4/2021
Globally, a substantial proportion of general practitioners (GPs) incorporate integrative medicine (IM) into their clinical practice.
CLARIFY 2021: Explanation and Elaboration of the Delphi-Based Guidelines for the Reporting of Yoga
Steffany Moonaz et al.
Published on: 9/3/2021
Reporting of yoga research often lacks the detail required for clinical application, study replication, summary research and comparative effectiveness studies.
Naturopaths’ Mobilisation of Knowledge and Information in Clinical Practice: An International
Amie Steel et al.
Published on: 9/2/2021
The contemporary evidence-based practice model acknowledges the importance of patient preferences and clinician experience when applying evidence within a clinical setting. Knowledge mobilisation (KM) acknowledges the complexities of knowledge translation by recognising and respecting diversity in types of knowledge and how such diversity can influence health care and health care choices. While there has been considerable discussion on KM in health care, it has received little attention in the field of naturopathy. Despite naturopathy’s widespread international use, it is unclear how naturopathic practitioners (NPs) use and share knowledge and information in clinical practice. This study examines the mobilisation of knowledge amongst NPs internationally.
Quantity and Quality of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Recommendations in Clinical Practice
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 9/1/2021
Approximately 70% of Americans with diabetes have used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the past year. Healthcare providers often receive minimal training on these therapies and consequently rely on clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) to supplement their knowledge about the safe and effective use of CAM for the treatment/management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The purpose of this systematic review is to determine the quantity and assess the quality of CAM recommendations in CPGs for the treatment and/or management of T2DM.
A Systematic Review and Quality Assessment of Breast Cancer Clinical Practice Guidelines
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 8/31/2021
Up to 80% of patients with breast cancer are reported to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Despite this high prevalence, many healthcare providers have little knowledge and education surrounding this topic and may be inadequately prepared to discuss such therapies with their patients. Given this knowledge gap, the purpose of this study was to systematically identify the quantity and assess the quality of CAM recommendations in clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for the treatment and/or management of breast cancer.
A Systematic Review on the Effects of Echinacea Supplementation on Cytokine Levels: Is There a Role
Monique Aucoin et al.
Published on: 8/29/2021
COVID-19 is the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Cytokine storm appears to be a factor in COVID-19 mortality. Echinacea species have been used historically for immune modulation. A previous rapid review suggested that Echinacea supplementation may decrease the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines involved in cytokine storm.
Dietary and Herbal Supplements for Weight Loss: Assessing the Quality of Patient Information Online
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 8/27/2021
Given the high prevalence of dietary and herbal supplement (DHS) use in tandem with the growing ease of internet access, patients commonly search online for consumer health information about these products. One common reason for DHSs use includes weight loss. Healthcare providers need to be aware of the quality of online information about DHSs for weight loss so they can adequately counsel their patients and provide them with guidance surrounding the identification of high-quality information resources. This study aimed to assess the quality of online DHSs consumer health information for weight loss that a “typical” patient might access online.