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Effects of Acupuncture on the Outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technology: An Overview of Systematic Reviews

To conclude the evidence from systematic reviews (SRs) and meta-analyses assessing the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat couples with subfertility undergoing ART. Read more here.

Establishing an Integrative Oncology Service in the Australian Healthcare Setting—the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Hospital Experience

Comprehensive cancer centres are on the rise as patients seek a more holistic approach to maintaining their wellbeing when living with a cancer diagnosis. Many cancer centres worldwide now incorporate a selection of evidence-based complementary therapies and qualified therapists into their offerings.

Paediatric Massage for Treatment of Acute Diarrhoea in Children: A Meta-analysis

Massage therapy has been used by many traditional Chinese medicine physicians to treat acute diarrhoea in children. Since no relevant systematic reviews assessed the clinical effectiveness or the risk of massage therapy, in this study, a meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of paediatric massage for the treatment of acute diarrhoea in children. Read more here.

Yoga for the Management of Pain and Sleep in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

The aim of the present study was to determine the feasibility of a relaxation‐based yoga intervention for rheumatoid arthritis, designed and reported in accordance with Delphi recommendations for yoga interventions for musculoskeletal conditions. Read more here.

Complementary Medicine Use, Symptom Burden and Non-Adherence In Kidney Transplant Recipients

Complementary Medicine (CAM) is often used by patients with chronic illness and may not be disclosed to health care providers without prompting. In other populations, patients who use CAM were more likely to alter medications without discussing it with their provider. This study examined the relationship between self-reported use of CAM, attitudes toward care, and adherence to medical therapy in a population of inner-City kidney transplant recipients. Read more here.

Information Needs and Usage of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Members of a German Self-Help Group for Gastrointestinal Stroma Tumours, Sarcoma, and Renal Cancer

40-50% of German cancer patients use some method of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and both patients and doctors often feel insufficiently informed. We examined the information-seeking behaviour and satisfaction with information on patients’ interest in CAM and the therapy decision. Read more here.

Yoga for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): Clinician Experiences and Qualitative Perspectives from Students and Yoga Instructors Living with SLE

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease associated with widespread inflammation and tissue damage. It is more common and severe among Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians; with higher incidence in women. While the goals of medical treatment are to prevent flares and reduce organ damage, up to 50% of patients perceive their health to be suboptimal with unaddressed needs including fatigue and pain. Recent SLE treatment guidelines focus on improving quality of life. Yoga has shown improvements in quality-of-life and fatigue in various diagnoses.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Psoriasis A Systematic Review

Up to 51% of patients with psoriasis report the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in their treatment regimen, although it is unclear which CAM therapies are effective for treatment of psoriasis. Read more here.

Complementary and Alternative Methods for Treatment of Acne Vulgaris: a Systematic Review

Acne vulgaris is an increasingly prevalent disease worldwide. While conventional methods of treatment are still primarily used to treat acne, complementary and alternative methods of treatment are becoming utilized in conjunction or in place of prescription medications. Read more here.

Reiki for Pain During Hemodialysis: A Feasibility and Instrument Evaluation Study

Pain is a problem for individuals undergoing hemodialysis. Renal disease, comorbidities, concurrent symptoms, and dialysis procedures pose barriers to adequate pain management. The purpose of this study was to evaluate feasibility, examine construct validity of The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) computerized adaptive testing (CAT) instruments, and explore pain benefits of Reiki sessions conducted during hemodialysis. Read more here.