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Thread Embedding Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Protocol

Thread embedding acupuncture (TEA) is a special type of acupuncture that inserts certain medical threads (eg, catgut or polydioxanone) into subcutaneous tissue or muscles at specific points. Although TEA has been widely used for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain in Korea, China and Taiwan, evidence regarding its efficacy is lacking. The aim of this protocol is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of TEA in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, by conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: A Systematic Review

To (1) characterize complementary and alternative medicine studies for posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, (2) evaluate the quality of these studies, and (3) systematically grade the scientific evidence for individual CAM modalities for posttraumatic stress disorder. Read more here.

The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Patients in Routine Care and the Risk of Interactions

Patients suffering from cancer often make use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Only few data exist on the prevalence and clinical significance of interactions of a biological CAM method and conventional drugs. Read more here.

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Children with Asthma

Asthma is a heterogeneous disease, usually characterized by chronic airway inflammation and accompanied by respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing, and airflow limitation that vary over time and in intensity. The goals of asthma therapy are to achieve optimal symptom control, to prevent asthma exacerbations, and to reduce airflow limitation and the side-effects of treatment. The majority of asthma patients achieve the status of clinically controlled asthma with specific interventions, i.e.

Community Pharmacists’ Views On the Regulation of Complementary Medicines and Complementary-Medicines Practitioners: A Qualitative Study in New Zealand

To examine community pharmacists’ perspectives on CMs regulation in New Zealand, where proposals for CMs regulations had recently been suspended and where, currently, CMs are only weakly regulated. Read more here.

Barriers to Acupuncture Use Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Cross-Sectional Analysis

Increasing evidence suggests that acupuncture may be helpful to manage common symptoms and treatment side effects among breast cancer (BC) survivors. Acupuncture usage among BC survivors remains low with little known about the barriers to its utilization. We evaluated perceived barriers to acupuncture use among BC survivors and explored the sociodemographic variations of such barriers. Read more here.

A Randomized, Multicenter, Controlled Study, Comparing Efficacy and Safety of a New Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) versus Solifenacin Succinate in Women with Overactive Bladder Syndrome

To assess efficacy and tolerability of a new complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) consisting of vitamins (C and D), herbal products (cucurbita maxima, capsicum annum, polygonum capsicatum) and amino acid L-Glutammina, in the treatment of female Overactive Bladder syndrome (OAB). Read more here.

The Effects of Green Cardamom Supplementation on Blood Glucose, Lipids Profile, Oxidative Stress, Sirtuin-1 and Irisin in Type 2 Diabetic Patients: A Study Protocol for a Randomized Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial

It has been suggested that the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and hypolipidemic activities of cardamom may improve diabetes. However, the effect of this spice has not been investigated in diabetic subjects. This study was planned to determine the effects of green cardamom on blood glucose, lipids and oxidative stress status in type 2 diabetic patients. Read more here.

Which Risk Understandings Can Be Derived From the Current Disharmonized Regulation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Europe?

Many European citizens are seeking complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). These treatments are regulated very differently in the EU/EFTA countries. This may demonstrate differences in how risk associated with the use of CAM is perceived. Since most CAM treatments are practiced fairly similarly across Europe, differing risk understandings may influence patient safety for European CAM users. The overall aim of this article is thus to contribute to an overview and awareness of possible differing risk understandings in the field of CAM at a policymaking/structural level in Europe.

Decision-Making Factors of Pharmacy Customers Purchasing Over-The-Counter Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Stress

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing and some of this CAM is purchased as self-directed treatment for stress, a practice that may be very useful but dangerous if incorrectly applied. This paper reports on the findings of an Australian qualitative study involving semi-structured interviews to explore factors in the decision-making process of pharmacy customers purchasing over-the-counter CAM products for stress.

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