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Korean Medicines for Poor Ovarian Reserve in Infertility: A Protocol for a Multicenter Observational Study

Many infertile patients have used Korean medicines (KMs) as a primary or adjuvant therapeutic method to improve in vitro fertilization success rates. The aim of this multicenter observational study is to investigate the effects of KMs on poor ovarian reserve (POR) in infertile patients. Read more here.

Use of Traditional and Complementary Medicine among Norwegian Cancer Patients in the 7th Tromsø Study

Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) is commonly used by cancer patients in Northern Norway, in particular spiritual forms like traditional healing. T&CM is mainly used complementary to conventional cancer treatment and is rarely discussed with the patient’s conventional health care providers, increasing the risk of negative interaction with conventional cancer care.

Huang-Lian-Jie-Du Decoction Ameliorates Acute Ulcerative Colitis in Mice via Regulating NF-κB and Nrf2 Signaling Pathways and Enhancing Intestinal Barrier Function

Evidence shows that intestinal inflammation, oxidative stress, and injury of mucosal barrier are closely related to the pathogenesis of ulcerative colitis (UC). Huang-lian-Jie-du Decoction (HLJDD) is a well-known prescription of traditional Chinese medicine with anti-inflammatory and antioxidative activities, which may be used to treat UC. Read more here.

Teaching Clinical Trials in Korean Medicine: Novel Modules and Student Perceptions of Importance and Achievement

The teaching of evidence-based medicine (EBM) is currently acknowledged to be an important aspect of the medical-education curriculum. Most programs that teach focus on knowledge transfer and skill acquisition in relation to the principle of EBM, as well as the critical appraisal. We established a 12-week elective course to teach clinical studies for undergraduate students at a Korean Medicine (KM) college, evaluating student perceptions to assess the feasibility of key teaching modules.

Characteristics of Complementary Medicine Therapists in Switzerland: A Cross-Sectional Study

More than 27,000 complementary medicine (CM) therapists are registered in Switzerland, but limited data are available on their occupational profile and role in the healthcare system. Herein we aimed to gain a better understanding of the professional profile of non-physician licensed therapists, focusing on acupuncture, osteopathy, and European naturopathy. Read more here.

Comparative Efficacy of Oral Traditional Chinese Patent Medicines for Acute Cerebral Infarction: A Protocol for a Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis

Traditional Chinese patent medicines (TCPMs) are widely used in the treatment of acute cerebral infarction (ACI) in China. Many oral traditional Chinese patent medicines have been reported to be effective for ACI. However, a comparison of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to directly compare the efficacy of the different oral TCPMs has not been performed. There is no evidence to demonstrate which of oral TCPMs are more effective for clinicians. Therefore, we plan to conduct a systematic review and network meta-analysis (NMA) to compare the efficacy of 10 kinds of oral TCPMs for ACI.

How Do Acupuncture Practitioners Use Pattern Identification – An International Web-Based Survey?

Training and practice of Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) varies globally although similar diagnostic methods are used based on patients presenting signs and symptoms. These methods assist in determining disease patterns and treatment principles. The use of diagnostic principles and pattern identification (PI) was explored in this survey of TEAM practice across different countries. Read more here.

Application Evaluation of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Clinical Analysis Based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process

Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) play an important role in clinical practice, and they require appropriate evaluation, especially in application. This study explores the application evaluation method of CPGs for Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM). It uses the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and clinical cases to evaluate the consistency between CPGs of TCM and clinical practice. Read more here.

Systemic Review and Meta-analysis of the Effect of Acupuncture for Migraine Prophylaxis

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of acupuncture on migraine prophylaxis. Read more here.

U.K. Support Network for Maternity Acupuncture: Survey of Acupuncturists on the Acupuncture (for Conception to) Childbirth Team

In the United Kingdom, a professional acupuncture network, the Acupuncture (for Conception to) Childbirth Team (ACT), provides education and support for practitioners using maternity acupuncture. However, the nature of treatments their members provide has been unknown. The aim of this survey was to explore how ACT members used acupuncture for maternity care within their women's health practices. Read more here.