Researchers of Traditional, Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Medicine and Health

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Reliability of Diagnosis and Clinical Efficacy of Visceral Osteopathy: A Systematic Review

In 2010, the World Health Organization published benchmarks for training in osteopathy in which osteopathic visceral techniques are included. The purpose of this study was to identify and critically appraise the scientific literature concerning the reliability of diagnosis and the clinical efficacy of techniques used in visceral osteopathy. Read more here.

Feasibility of Homeopathic Treatment for Symptom Reduction in an Integrative Oncology Service

Homeopathy has the potential to reduce symptoms related to cancer treatment. The present study examined the feasibility of a homeopathic consultation and treatment program, provided as part of an integrative oncology service. Read more here.

Primary Care Practitioner Perceptions and Attitudes of Complementary Medicine: A Content Analysis of Free-Text Responses from a Survey of Non-Metropolitan Australian General Practitioners

This study examines GP perceptions, attitudes and knowledge of complementary medicine (CM), and to understand contextual factors that influence these perceptions, attitudes and knowledge. Read more here.

Knowledge, Attitude and Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Nurses: A Systematic Review

The purpose of this study was to systematically review the literature to describe the knowledge, attitude and practice of CAM by nurses. Read more here.

Effects of Withania somnifera on Reproductive System: A Systematic Review of the Available Evidence

Withania somnifera (WS) also known as ashwagandha is a well-known medicinal plant used in traditional medicine in many countries for infertility treatment. The present study was aimed at systemically reviewing therapeutic effects of WS on the reproductive system. Methods. This systematic review study was designed in 2016. Required data were obtained from PubMed, Scopus, Google Scholar, Cochrane Library, Science Direct, Web of Knowledge, Web of Science, and manual search of articles, grey literature, reference checking, and expert contact. Results.

Efficacy of Aromatherapy for Reducing Pain during Labor: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Many strategies for labor pain management have been studied, including aromatherapy, which is a noninvasive, alternative medicine used as an adjunct for labor pain control. Nevertheless, the results were contradictory. Therefore, we conducted this study to determine the effectiveness of aromatherapy for reducing pain during labor. Read more here.

The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Pregnancy Related Low Back and/or Pelvic Girdle Pain: An Online Survey

Low back and pelvic girdle pain (LBPGP) is a common complaint among pregnant women, which increases throughout pregnancy and women use various complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies to manage their pain. Using an online survey, CAM treatments used by pregnant women in the UK and their perceptions of these therapies to relieve LBPGP were investigated. 191 women completed the survey and 70% experienced LBPGP lasting more than one week. Over half of women who sought treatment from a GP or physiotherapist were dissatisfied.

Integrative Medicine as a Change Agent of Hospital Staff: From Hospital Orderlies to Partners in Health Promotion

Hospitalized individuals often experience intense feelings of anxiety. Medical staff can reduce patient distress by employing appropriate communication techniques that establish rapport and emphasize positive affirmations. Orderlies transport patients throughout the hospital to consultations and various procedures that are often the source of intense patient apprehension. Under such circumstances, the human encounter offers an opportunity to relieve anxiety. Yet the orderly staff receive no training to facilitate patients’ emotional comfort.

Factors Associated with Insomnia and Complementary Medicine Use in Children: Results of a National Survey

Sleep difficulties are a serious health problem in children, and interest in using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies to treat sleep is growing. We aimed to identify: a) the prevalence of sleep difficulties in children, and b) the prevalence and patterns of CAM use among children with trouble sleeping. Read more here.