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Effects of Reiki Versus Physiotherapy on Relieving Lower Back Pain and Improving Activities Daily Living of Patients With Intervertebral Disc Hernia

Patients with intervertebral disc herniation (IVDH) seek complementary and conventional medical therapies to manage related problems. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki compared with physiotherapy to relieve the lower back pain intensity and to improve the activities of daily living (ADL) in the IDVH patients. In this clinical trial study, 60 patients with IVDH were randomly assigned to one of the Reiki, physiotherapy, and drug therapy groups.

Why People Use Herbal Medicine: Insights from a Focus-Group Study in Germany

The use of herbal medicine, as one element of complementary and alternative medicine, is increasing worldwide. Little is known about the reasons for and factors associated with its use. This study derives insights for the use of herbal medicine in Germany regarding the usage aims, role played by the type of illness, reasons for preferred usage and sources of information. Read more here.

Emergency Department Staffs’ Knowledge, Attitude and Patient Communication about Complementary and Alternative Medicine – A Swedish Survey

International studies report high use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by emergency department (ED) patients and low levels of knowledge about CAM among registered nurses (RNs) and physicians. However, the current situation in Swedish EDs is unknown. This study explored knowledge, attitudes, and patient communication about CAM among physicians and RNs working within the Swedish ED context. Read more here.

Treating People with Arthritis with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): An Examination of the Perception of TCM Practitioners

Emerging evidence has shown that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a positive effect on arthritis. This research provides the first critical, systematic examination of TCM practitioners’ perceptions of TCM use for people with arthritis. Read more here.

Factors Associated With the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicines for Prostate Cancer by Long-Term Survivors

To assess whether the use of complementary and alternative medicines therapies (CAMs) for prostate cancer and/or its treatment side effects by long-term survivors is associated with selected socio-demographic, clinical, health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) and/or psychological factors. Read more here.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Utilisation for the Management of Acute Respiratory Tract Infection in Children: A Systematic Review

As many as one in two children across the globe use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to manage a health condition. Despite the high prevalence of use, there is still limited information on the types of CAM used in children, particularly for the management of one of the most common childhood health complaints – acute respiratory tract infection (ARTI). This systematic review was undertaken to address this knowledge gap. Read more here.

Micronutrient Supplementation during Pregnancy and the Risk of Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Increasing evidence suggests that iron-containing multiple micronutrient may reduce the risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension including gestational hypertension or preeclampsia. We aimed to examine whether 30 mg iron plus folic acid or multiple micronutrients during pregnancy reduces the risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension. Read more here.

The Probiotic Supplementation Reduced Inflammation in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders that plaques women today. One of the underlying factors associated with the development of PCOS is elevated inflammation. However, the application of available nutraceutical therapies remains relatively unknown and thus is the focus of the current study. Read more here.

Dry Needling Versus Friction Massage to Treat Tension Type Headache: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Tension type headache (TTH), the most common type of headache, is known to be associated with myofascial pain syndrome and the existence of myofascial trigger points. There are several treatment options for myofascial trigger points. In this study we compared the effectiveness of dry needling and friction massage to treat patients with TTH. Read more here.

Prospective Randomized Investigation Implementing Immunonutritional Therapy Using a Nutritional Supplement with a High Blend Ratio of Ω-3 Fatty Acids During the Perioperative Period for Head and Neck Carcinomas

The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether a nutritional supplement with a high blend ratio of ω-3 fatty acids can minimize weight loss and attenuate increases in inflammatory marker levels during the perioperative period in patients undergoing surgery for head and neck carcinoma. Read more here.