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Effect of Acupuncture and Its Influence on Cerebral Activity in Perimenopausal Insomniacs: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial

Perimenopausal insomnia is one of the core symptoms of the menopausal transition. Acupuncture is considered to exert a positive effect on restoring the normal sleep–wake cycle. However, there is little intuitive evidence besides evaluation using clinical effectiveness scales. We therefore designed this study, aiming to use more intuitive and reliable detection techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging before and after applying acupuncture to provide neuroimaging evidence, as well as to verify the effectiveness with other curative effect indicators.

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Older Adults: Differences between Baby Boomers and Pre-Boomers

Compares use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) across age cohorts. Design: Secondary analysis of data from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys. Participants: Adults born in 1964 or earlier (n=11,371). Over half (61.3%) are baby boomers and fifty-three percent are female. Seventy-five percent of the sample is white, 10.2% African American, .6% black Caribbean, 9.35 Latino, and 4.1% Asian. Read more here.

Complementary Alternative Medicine Practices and Beliefs in Spinal Cord Injury and Non-Spinal Cord Injured Individuals

To compare the beliefs and practices of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), their friends and family members (F&F SCI), and healthcare professionals (HCP) regarding complementary alternative medicine (CAM). Read more here.

Parent Use of Cannabis for Intractable Pediatric Epilepsy: Everyday Empiricism and the Boundaries of Scientific Medicine

Cannabis is an increasingly sought-after remedy for US children with intractable (biomedically uncontrollable) epilepsy. However, like other complementary-alternative medicine (CAM) modalities, and particularly as a federally illegal, stigmatized substance, it is unsanctioned by mainstream medicine. Parents are largely on their own when it comes to learning about, procuring, dispensing, and monitoring treatments. Exploring how they manage is crucial to better assist them.

Complementary and Alternative Treatment in Functional Dyspepsia

The popularity of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in treating functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) has steadily increased in Western countries. We aimed at analyzing available data on CAM effectiveness in functional dyspepsia (FD) patients. Read more here.

Oral Administration of Red Ginseng Extract Promotes Neurorestoration after Compressive Spinal Cord Injury in Rats

Red ginseng and its active ingredients have been shown to decrease neuron death after brain ischemia in experimental animals. However, little is known about the effects of orally administered ginseng extract on spinal cord injury. We orally gave red ginseng extract (RGE) to rats with compressed spinal cord injury (SCI). Open-field locomotor scores were measured as indices of motor function. Histopathological changes and cytokine expressions in situ after SCI were evaluated.

Probiotic Features of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from a Diverse Pool of Traditional Greek Dairy Products Regarding Specific Strain-Host Interactions

The increased consumers’ interest on the positive role of food in wellbeing and health underscores the need to determine new probiotic microorganisms. Triggered by the fact that artisanal food products can be a valuable source of novel probiotic strains, 106 lactic acid bacteria, all isolated from traditional Greek dairy products, namely Feta, Kasseri, Xynotyri, Graviera, Formaela, Galotyri, and Kefalotyri cheeses as well as yogurt and milk, were studied for probiotic properties. Read more here.

The Benefit/Risk Balance of Subcutaneous Injections as Used in Homeopathy and Anthroposophic Medicine: A Narrative Literature Review

This review explores the benefit/risk balance of using subcutaneous injections. Overall, regulatory authorities regard that the use of injectables are only justified for acute cases and that oral products are better alternatives for both ethical and safety reasons. Conversely, CAM Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) pharmaceutical companies and doctors who prescribe injectables consider them to have additional clinical value compared with the oral route of administration (ROA), and consider the risk of the parenteral ROA as very low.

Herbal Medications for Surgical Patients: A Systematic Review Protocol

Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) affect approximately 80% of surgical patients and is associated with increased length of hospital stay and systemic costs. Preoperative and postoperative pain, anxiety and depression are also commonly reported. Recent evidence regarding their safety and effectiveness has not been synthesised.

Influence of the Patient-Practitioner Interaction Context on Acupuncture Outcomes in Functional Dyspepsia: Study Protocol for a Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial

In the treatment of functional dyspepsia, the placebo effect has been reported to be high, and the influence of the patient-practitioner relationship may be a major component of this effect. The specific and non-specific effects of acupuncture cannot be easily distinguished, and the patient-practitioner relationship may influence the total therapeutic effect in clinical practice. There have been no studies that investigate the influence of patient-practitioner relationship on acupuncture treatment for patients with functional dyspepsia.