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A Naturalistic Study of Herbal Medicine for Self-Reported Depression and/or Anxiety a Protocol

Insomnia is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders which affect the quality of life. Due to high prevalence of this disease and the side effects of sedative drugs, people tend to use herbal remedies. There are some oral or topical prescriptions in Persian medicine texts for the treatment of insomnia. The aim of this study was to investigate topical treatments for insomnia in Iranian traditional medicine (ITM) and comparing them with current therapies in modern medicine.

Comparative Effectiveness of Chuna Manual Therapy versus Conventional Usual Care for Non-Acute Low Back Pain: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

Low back pain (LBP) is common, with a lifetime prevalence of 80%, and as such it places substantial social and economic burden on individuals and society. Chuna manual therapy (CMT) combines aspects of physiology, biodynamics of spine and joint motion, and basic theory of movement dynamics. This study aimed to test the comparative effectiveness and safety of CMT for non-acute LBP. Read more here.

Integrated Care for Migraine and Chronic Tension-Type Headaches: A Prospective Observational Study

Cold hypersensitivity in the hands and feet (CHHF) is frequent in Asian countries including Korea. The quality of life can be degraded by the symptoms of CHHF. Read more here.

Scandinavian Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Bibliometric Study

The aim of this study is to analyse the development of Scandinavian research on complementary and alternative medicine in terms of publication pattern and general content. Furthermore we will map research networks. Read more here.

Why and How Should We Integrate Biomarkers into Complex Trials? A Discussion on Paradigms and Clinical Research Strategies

Research in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encounters a variety of challenges, such as potentially synergistic, multimodal, and complex interventions which are often dependent on the relationship between practitioner and patient, on specific settings, and on patients’ individual preferences, expectations, beliefs, and motivations. Read more here.

Manual or Electroacupuncture as an Add-On Therapy to SSRIs for Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are first-line antidepressants, however, only around 60% of patients could benefit from them. Acupuncture is supported by insufficient evidence to help with symptom relieving and SSRIs tolerance. Read more here.

Effectiveness and Safety of Oral Cordyceps sinensis on Stable COPD of GOLD Stages 2–3: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Cordyceps sinensis (CS) is a complementary medicine used for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) of Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) stages 2-3. Many randomized controlled trials have been conducted to evaluate the efect of CS alone or in combination with other herbs on stable COPD. Read more here.

12-Month Randomised Controlled Trial of Ginseng Extract for Moderate COPD

Panax ginseng (ginseng) is a therapeutic herb which might be beneficial in COPD. The study investigated if ginseng, compared with placebo, is effective and safe for people with moderate COPD. Read more here.

Posttraining Knowledge Retention among Licensed Cupping Providers in Saudi Arabia

One of the licensing requirements for cupping providers in Saudi Arabia is to attend a compulsory training course that lasts 5 days for non-physicians and 4 days for physicians, irrespective of any previous experience in cupping therapy. The course is conducted by the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM/MOH). As a part of course auditing, the current study aimed to evaluate knowledge retention among licensed cupping providers 1–3 years after passing the official cupping course.

Nonpharmacological Interventions for Cancer‐Related Fatigue: A Systematic Review and Bayesian Network Meta‐Analysis

Nonpharmacological interventions are the first recommendation for cancer‐related fatigue, according to current guidelines. There are many forms of nonpharmacological interventions for addressing cancer‐related fatigue, but the preferred means remain controversial and are not stated in the guidelines. Therefore, we evaluated the comparative effects and ranks of all major nonpharmacological interventions, according to different assessment methods, in cancer patients with fatigue.