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Comparative Effectiveness and Economic Evaluation of Chuna Manual Therapy for Chronic Neck Pain: Protocol for a Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial

Neck pain is a highly prevalent medical condition that incurs substantial social burden. Although manual therapy is widely used for treatment of neck pain, the body of evidence supporting its effectiveness and safety is not conclusive. The aim of this study is to examine the effect, safety, and cost-effectiveness of Chuna manual therapy, a traditional Korean manual therapy for treatment of various musculoskeletal complaints. Read more here.

Emotional Release and Physical Symptom Improvement: A Qualitative Analysis of Self-Reported Outcomes and Mechanisms in Patients Treated with Neural Therapy

Neural Therapy (NT) is a common complementary treatment approach using injections with short-acting local anesthetics to treat pain and chronic diseases. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms and the domains of treatment response. This study therefore analyzed patient experiences following NT injections with procaine. Read more here.

Consensus-based Clinical Case Reporting Guideline Extension: CARE for Acupuncture Protocol

Acupuncture, as part of traditional medicine, is now widely used around the world. According to a 2013 World Health Organization (WHO) report, 103 of the WHO's member countries have approved the use of acupuncture. Moreover, a 2013 survey conducted by World Federation of Acupuncture-moxibustion Societies (WFAS) showed that 183 (91%) of the 202 countries surveyed application of acupuncture. Acupuncture is available in 178 (93%) of the 192 member countries of the United Nations (UN) of which 59 (31%) have partial or full insurance coverage.

Complementary Medicine Use in the Australian Population: Results of a Nationally-Representative Cross-Sectional Survey

In order to describe the prevalence and characteristics of complementary medicine (CM) practice and product use by Australians, we conducted a cross-sectional online survey with Australian adults aged 18 and over. Rates of consultation with CM practitioners, and use of CM products and practices were assessed. Read more here.

Assessing the Methodological and Reporting Quality of Network Meta-Analyses in Chinese Medicine

An increasing number of network meta-analyses (NMAs) in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have been published recently, but the quality of them was lack of assessment. This study aims to evaluate the methodological and reporting quality of NMAs in TCM. Read more here.

Internet Survey on the Provision of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Japanese Private Clinics: A Cross-Sectional Study

Although the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by the general population has been surveyed previously, the provision of CAM by Japanese physicians in private clinics has not been studied. Universal health insurance system was established in Japan in 1961, and most CAMs are not on the drug tariff. We aimed to clarify the current status of CAM provided by physicians at private clinics in Japan. Read more here.

Aloysia citriodora Palau (lemon verbena) for Insomnia Patients: A Randomized, Double‐Blind, Placebo‐Controlled Clinical Trial of Efficacy and Safety

Aloysia citriodora (A. citriodora) has a long history of traditional use for sedation and treatment of insomnia in different societies. This study was carried out to assess the efficacy of A. citriodora in patients with insomnia. Read more here.

Pros and Cons of Dietary Strategies Popular Among Cancer Patients

As many as 48% of cancer patients pursue popular diets, including the alkaline, Paleolithic, ketogenic, vegan, and macrobiotic diets, with the hope that they will improve survival and prevent recurrence. Read more here.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Ingredients Rosa damascena and Poria cocos Promote Phagocytosis and a Dendritic Cell Phenotype in THP-1 Cells

Rosa damascena and Poria cocos are ingredients commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. R. damascena is used to promote blood circulation as well as liver and stomach function, while P. cocos is used to eliminate dampness and enhance spleen function. Objective: The objective of the study is to investigate possible mechanisms by which R. damascena and P. cocos may promote immune function. Read more here.

Patients’ Experiences Attributed to the Use of Passiflora Incarnata: A Qualitative, Phenomenological Study

Passiflora incarnata Linnaeus (Passiflora incarnata) was established as a medicinal plant in Europe in the middle of the 19th century. Since then, it has been used for the treatment of anxiety, sleep disorders and restlessness in Western European phytotherapy. This study provides insights into how Passiflora incarnata is currently used and experienced as a medicinal plant by German-speaking patients in Switzerland. Read more here.