Researchers of Traditional, Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Medicine and Health

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The Use of Complementary Medicine in Palliative Care in France: An Observational Cross-Sectional Study

Palliative care for cancer deals with physical, psychosocial, and spiritual issues faced by cancer patients, their families, communities, and healthcare providers. Research on complementary medicine (CM) use in France is limited despite high rates of reported CM use in other countries including by palliative patients. This study describes the use of CM by individuals receiving palliative care in Lyon, France. Read more here.

Factors Affecting Utilisation of Traditional Korean Medical Services by Privately Insured Persons: A Retrospective Study Using Korean Health Panel Survey (KHPS)

This study aimed to use the Korean Health Panel Survey (KHPS) data to identify the key factors that influence decisions regarding the use of traditional Korean medicine (TKM) by privately insured persons. Read more here.

Comparative Effectiveness of Chuna Manipulative Therapy for Non-Acute Lower Back Pain: A Multi-Center, Pragmatic, Randomized Controlled Trial

Current evidence on the effectiveness and safety of Chuna manipulative therapy (CMT) for managing non-acute lower back pain (LBP) is insufficient. We investigated the comparative effectiveness and safety of CMT, a Korean style of manipulation, plus usual care (UC) compared to UC alone for non-acute LBP. Read more here.

Electroacupuncture Alleviates Cartilage Degradation: Improvement in Cartilage Biomechanics via Pain Relief and Potentiation of Muscle Function in a Rabbit Model of Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a chronic degenerative joint disorder characterized by loss of articular cartilage and progressive deterioration, leading to pain and functional limitation. Abnormal biomechanics play a core role in the onset and development of KOA. The aim of this study was to explore whether electroacupuncture (EA) may relieve pain and adjust the biomechanical properties of the extensor–flexor muscles to improve abnormal joint loading, thus alleviating the degradation of cartilage in a rabbit model of KOA.

Guidelines to Case Report Writing for Naturopathic Doctors

Case reports play an important role in disseminating information to the medical community. Given the wide variety of naturopathic clinical practice, case reports offer an excellent opportunity to share clinical insights from naturopathic doctors. Typically, unique and rare events or patterns are depicted regarding different aspects of a case, including: symptomatology, pathophysiology, treatment(s), and outcome, including adverse effects. In this paper we elaborate on what a case report is, why one is conducted, and provide a brief set of guidelines on how one is written.

Perceived Stress Mediates the Effect of Yoga on Quality of Life and Disease Activity in Ulcerative Colitis. Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial

Yoga positively affects health-related quality of life and disease activity in ulcerative colitis. The underlying modes of action remain unclear. Within the present study we hypothesized that patients´ perceived stress mediates the effects of yoga on health-related quality of life and disease activity. Read more here.

Craniosacral Therapy for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

To systematically assess the evidence of Craniosacral Therapy (CST) for the treatment of chronic pain. Read more here.

Network Pharmacology-Based Investigation into the Mechanisms of Quyushengxin Formula for the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease whose treatment strategies remain unsatisfactory. This study aims to investigate the mechanisms of Quyushengxin formula acting on UC based on network pharmacology. Read more here.

Efficacy, Safety, and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Adjuvant Herbal Medicine Treatment, Palmijihwang-Hwan, For Chronic Low Back Pain: A Study Protocol for Randomized, Controlled, Assessor-Blinded, Multicenter Clinical Trial

Low back pain is a common symptom and continuous or recurrent pain results in chronic low back pain (CLBP). While many patients with CLBP have tried various treatments, complementary and alternative medicine including acupuncture and herbal medicine is one of the commonly used treatments. Palmijihwang-hwan is a herbal medicine used frequently in clinical practice but there has been no report of the efficacy, safety, or cost-effectiveness analysis of Palmijihwang-hwan for CLBP.

Building Partnerships for Linking Biomedical Science with Traditional Knowledge of Customary Medicines: A Case Study with Two Australian Indigenous Communities

Customary medicine of Australia’s Indigenous peoples draws upon knowledge developed through millennia of interaction with Australia’s unique flora and fauna. Many Indigenous Australians are interested in developing modern medicinal and commercial translations of traditional knowledge; however, barriers of trust and benefit sharing often thwart progress. Read more here.