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

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The Health Impact of Residential Retreats: A Systematic Review

Unhealthy lifestyles are a major factor in the development and exacerbation of many chronic diseases. Improving lifestyles though immersive residential experiences that promote healthy behaviours is a focus of the health retreat industry. This systematic review aims to identify and explore published studies on the health, wellbeing and economic impact of retreat experiences. Read more here.

The Association between Quality Of Life and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus

In the current study, we aimed to evaluate the relationship between life quality and use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in patients with diabetes mellitus. Read more here.

Quality of Life and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among Women with Breast Cancer

Complementary and Alternative Medication (CAM) is commonly used among women with breast cancer to improve their quality of life (QoL). However, few studies examine the prevalence of CAM and its’ relation to the patients’ QoL among women with breast cancer. Read more here.

Acupuncture for Patients with Mild to Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia. However, none of medical treatment can stop or reverse the underlying neurodegenerative of AD at present. Acupuncture has attracted more and more attention in recent years due to its efficacy and very few side effects. Lately, a systematic review has thought that the evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture in improving the cognitive function of AD patients was not powerful enough. Therefore, the aim of this study is to explore the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in patients with mild to moderate AD.

Consumer Vulnerability and the Transformative Potential of the Consumption of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Consumer vulnerability has been explored in relation to socio-economic, environmental, health and political contexts, but not in a Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) context, in spite of the fact that consumer vulnerability has been explored in the context of illness (Wang & Tian, 2014). The purpose of this paper is to address this gap by drawing on CAM, marketing and consumption literature to explore what consumer vulnerability is in CAM.

Integrative Health Care – What are the Relevant Health Outcomes from a Practice Perspective? A Survey

Integrative health care (IHC) is an innovative approach to health care delivery. There is increasing focus on and demand for the evaluation of IHC practices. To ensure such evaluations capture their full scope, a clear understanding of the types of outcomes relevant to an IHC approach is needed. The objective was to describe the health domains and health outcomes relevant to IHC practices in Canada. Read more here.

The Frequency of Complementary and Integrative Medicine Methods in Headache Patients and Their Spending Habits

It is known that complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) methods are especially used by patients with chronic headaches. The aim of our study is to increase the knowledge on this topic, to provide objective data about use in Turkish headache patients. Read more here.

Defining Health: Do Practitioners from Different Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Disciplines Focus on Different Patient Outcomes?

To determine whether practitioner-endorsed and practitioner-suggested items for a patient-centered complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) outcomes questionnaire that became the Self-Assessment of Change instrument differ by CAM discipline. Read more here.

Pregnancy, Prescription Medicines and the Potential Risk of Herb-Drug Interactions: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Pregnant women are routinely prescribed medicines while self-medicating with herbal natural products to treat predominantly pregnancy related conditions. The aim of this study was to assess the potential for herb-drug interactions (HDIs) in pregnant women and to explore possible herb-drug interactions and their potential clinical significance. Read more here.

Advancing Research on Traditional Whole Systems Medicine Approaches

While the intention of Integrative Medicine (IM) is whole person medicine, it has for the most part remained driven by individual modalities. Like the practice of IM itself, IM research too has been driven primarily by studies on individual modalities. There are significant challenges to moving research on whole systems medicine forward, with funding being at the top of the list. Historically, NIH has not been receptive to supporting research on whole systems, preferring instead to support studies that are more individual modality driven so that mechanisms can be identified.