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Supplemental Use of Complementary Alternative Medicine for the Treatment of Schizophrenia

Through a variety of mechanisms, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), ascorbic acid, and folate have been proposed as beneficial supplements in the treatment of schizophrenia. Although data are conflicting regarding the potential for any of these supplements to improve symptoms, current studies suggest that PUFAs may be potentially beneficial for younger patients at high risk of developing schizophrenia, or those experiencing their first episode.

Perceptions, Opinions and Knowledge of Pharmacists towards the Use of Complementary Medicines by People Living with Cancer

Biologically-based complementary medicine (BB-CM) use is prevalent amongst people living with cancer. Pharmacists play an important role in the provision of standard treatments for cancer. Less is known about pharmacist’s provision of BB-CM information. Read more here.

Treating Pediatric Post‐Tonsillectomy Pain and Nausea with Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Although tonsillectomy is a common and largely safe procedure, pain management in children remains a controversial topic. In addition to the challenge of choosing appropriate analgesia, there is often low parent and child adherence. This article presents a review, and evaluates the potential role, of a range of complementary and alternative therapies that may be sought out by parents. Read more here.

The Complementary Health Approaches for Pain Survey (CHAPS): Validity Testing and Characteristics of a Rural Population with Pain

Little is known about patterns and correlates of Complementary Health Approaches (CHAs) in chronic pain populations, particularly in rural, underserved communities. This article details the development and implementation of a new survey instrument designed to address this gap, the Complementary Health Approaches for Pain Survey (CHAPS). Read more here.

Adjunctive Moxibustion Treatment for Tuberculosis: A Randomised Clinical Trial Investigating Potential Efficacy and Comparative Safety

Small cone direct moxibustion (‘moxa’) is known to have been used in Japan at the height of its tuberculosis (TB) epidemic in the pre-antibiotic era with documented reports of efficacy including one scientific animal study. Antimicrobial resistant (AMR) disease is becoming a major threat to global health with drug-resistant TB the largest component of this threat, most particularly in Africa and Asia.

Optimizing Acupuncture Treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome: A Systematic Review

In a former meta-analysis review, acupuncture was considered a potentially effective treatment for dry eye syndrome (DES), but there were heterogeneities among the outcomes. We updated the meta-analysis and conducted subgroup analysis to reduce the heterogeneity and suggest the most effective acupuncture method based on clinical trials. Read more here.

Patterns and Perceived Benefits of Utilizing Seven Major Complementary Health Approaches in U.S. Older Adults

Patterns and Perceived Benefits of Utilizing Seven Major Complementary Health Approaches in U.S. Older Adults To examine patterns and perceived benefits of seven major complementary health approaches (CHA) among older adults in the U.S. Read more here.

Characteristics and Status of Korean Medicine Use in Whiplash-Associated Disorder Patients

Patients are free to choose conventional or Korean medicine treatment under the dual medical system in Korea, and the prevalence of patients who choose Korean medicine treatment for whiplash-associated disorders (WADs) is high. This study analyzed the sociodemographic characteristics and medical service use in this population to provide healthcare providers with basic usage information of complementary and alternative medicine for WAD. Read more here.

A Double-Blind Study on Acupuncture Sensations with Japanese Style of Acupuncture: Comparison between Penetrating and Placebo Needles

To investigate the acupuncture sensations elicited by the Japanese style of acupuncture, penetrating acupuncture and skin-touch placebo needles were randomly administered at various insertion depths (5 and 10 mm for the penetrating needles and 1 and 2 mm for the placebo needles) at LI4 to 50 healthy subjects. Among the 12 acupuncture sensations in the Massachusetts General Hospital Acupuncture Sensation Scale (MASS), “heaviness” was the strongest and most frequently reported sensation with the 10 mm needles, but not with the 5 mm needles.

Herbal Medicine for Hand–Foot Syndrome Induced By Fluoropyrimidines: A Systematic Review and Meta‐Analysis

The aims of this study were to evaluate the efficacy of herbal medicine for the prevention and management of hand–foot syndrome (HFS) induced by fluoropyrimidines and to identify herbs associated with HFS alleviation for further research. Read more here.

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