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The Beneficial Effect of Traditional Japanese Herbal (Kampo) Medicine, Hochu‐ekki‐to (Bu‐Zhong‐Yi‐Qi‐Tang), for Patients with Chronic Wounds Refractory to Conventional Therapies: A Prospective, Randomized Trial

Hochu‐ekki‐to (HET) is a traditional Japanese herbal (Kampo) medicine for the treatment of severe weakness, loss of appetite, and indigestion in elderly patients and for the prevention of opportunistic infections. The impact of HET on patients with chronic wounds refractory to conventional therapies was investigated in a prospective, randomized trial, including 18 patients divided into medication (7.5 g oral HET per day, n = 9) and control (n = 9) groups. Read more here.

Adverse Effects of Yoga: A National Cross-Sectional Survey

While yoga is increasingly used for health purposes, its safety has been questioned. The aim of this cross-sectional survey was to analyze yoga-associated adverse effects and their correlates. Read more here.

The Risks and Benefits of Yoga for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

To determine the effectiveness and safety of yoga interventions on disease symptoms, quality of life and function in patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Read more here.

Effect of Baduanjin Exercise on Patients with Chronic Heart Failure: Protocol for a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Chronic heart failure (CHF) is defined when the heart is unable to pump sufficiently to maintain blood flow to meet the body’s needs, and it is caused by various cardiopulmonary diseases. CHF is a common, lifelong and costly condition. Baduanjin exercise (BDJE), a form of traditional Chinese regimen, has been integrated into China’s clinical practice in recent years and has shown promise in cardiac rehabilitation of CHF patients. However, the efficacy of BDJE on CHF patients has not been fully statistically evaluated.

Experiences of Using a Consumer-Based Mobile Meditation App to Improve Fatigue in Myeloproliferative Patients: Qualitative Study

Myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) patients suffer from long-term symptoms and reduced quality of life. Mindfulness meditation is a complementary therapy shown to be beneficial for alleviating a range of cancer-related symptoms; however, in-person meditation interventions are difficult for cancer patients to attend. Meditation via a mobile phone app represents a novel approach in MPN patients for delivering meditation. Read more here.

Yoga for Osteoarthritis: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

This study aims to systematically review and summarise the efficacy and safety of yoga for osteoarthritis. Medline (through PubMed), Scopus, and the Cochrane Library were searched through April 2018 for randomised controlled trials of yoga for osteoarthritis. Primary outcomes were pain intensity, function, and quality of life; secondary outcomes were mental health and safety. Risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane tool and quality of evidence through GRADE. Read more here.

The Use of Pattern Differentiation in WHO-Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Trials – A Systematic Review

Pattern differentiation is a critical component for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis and treatment. However, the issue of whether pattern differentiation is appropriately applied in TCM interventional trials, including Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) interventions and non-herbal TCM interventions, is unclear.

Utilisation of and Attitude towards Traditional and Complementary Medicine among Ebola Survivors in Sierra Leone

In addition to conventional healthcare, Ebola survivors are known to seek traditional and complementary healthcare (T&CM) options to meet their healthcare needs. However, little is known about the general beliefs of Ebola survivors regarding T&CM and the impact of these beliefs in influencing their decisions around T&CM use. This study examines Ebola survivors’ attitudes towards T&CM use in Sierra Leone. Read more here.

Group-Based Naturopathic Education for Primary Prevention of Noncommunicable Disease in Families and Children: A Feasibility Study

Naturopathic medicine has demonstrated efficacy at reducing risk factors for chronic disease. Targeting health behaviors of parents and caregivers in a group-based setting may improve the behaviors of children in their care. This study sought to assess the feasibility of such a program. Read more here.

Acupuncture for Infertile Women without Undergoing Assisted Reproductive techniques (ART): A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Acupuncture is widely used for infertile women without undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (ART) in China but its effect is unclear. We aim to assess whether acupuncture and its combined therapy exert a positive influence on the outcome of female fertility. Read more here.

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