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

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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.

Convergent Priorities and Tensions: A Qualitative Study of the Integration of Complementary and Alternative Therapies with Conventional Cancer Treatment

Demand for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is high among cancer patients. This, alongside growing evidence for the efficacy of some CAM therapies, is driving change within cancer centres, where evidence-based CAM therapies are increasingly provided alongside standard cancer treatments. In Australia, commitment to equitable access to healthcare is strong, and some cancer centres are now providing integrative services at no cost to the patient. This represents a significant shift in healthcare provision.

Adding Chinese Herbal Medicine to Conventional Therapy Brings Cognitive Benefits to Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Retrospective Analysis

Conventional therapy (CT) such as donepezil and memantine are well-known short-term treatments for the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The efficacy of them, however, drops below baseline level after 9 months. In China, herbal therapy as a complementary therapy is very popular. Should conventional therapy combined with herbal therapy (CT + H) make add-on benefit? Read more here.

Associations between Complementary Medicine, Satisfaction with Body Weight and Shape, and the Use of Methods to Lose or Control Weight: Results of a National Survey Of 8,009 Australian Women

This study aimed to determine whether the use of complementary medicine (CM) is associated with body satisfaction and weight management methods in Australian women. Read more here.

Tai Chi and Qigong for Cancer-Related Symptoms and Quality Of Life: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

This study aims to summarize and critically evaluate the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong (TCQ) mind–body exercises on symptoms and quality of life (QOL) in cancer survivors. Read more here.

Women's Motivation, Perception and Experience of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Pregnancy: A Meta-Synthesis

Complementary and Alternative Medicine use during pregnancy is popular in many countries, including Australia. There is currently little evidence to support this practice, which raises the question of women's motivation for use of these therapies and the experiences they encounter. Read more here.

The Role of Propolis in Oxidative Stress and Lipid Metabolism: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Although there is evidence of the benefits of propolis on human health, the vast majority of studies have been conducted using animal models. The present study includes the chemical characterization and clinical evaluation of the effects of the oral administration of propolis solution on the oxidative status and modulation of lipids in a human population in Talca, Chile. Read more here.

Neutral, Risky or Provocative? Trends in Titling Practices in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Articles (1995-2016)

This paper analyses the length and titling practices in the under-researched field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Our corpus consisted of 360 articles published between 1995 and 2016 in three CAM journals. The length and frequency of Nominal, Verbal and Question titles were compared across genres and over time. A 40% overall title length increase was found. Our study confirms that title length is related to genre, research paper (RP) titles being significantly longer than reviews and case report titles.

Ischemic Stroke Patients' Decision-Making Process in Their Use of Western Medicine and Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Stroke is ranked third among the top 10 causes of death in Taiwan. Besides a high mortality rate, stroke survivors are often left with physical or functional sequela. This study aimed to explore ischemic stroke patients' decision-making process using Western medicine (WM) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This study is a qualitative study based on grounded theory. A total of 12 participants were recruited. Findings revealed that the participants accepted WM and CAM treatments following the onset of ischemic stroke.

Pediatric Training and Practice of Canadian Chiropractic and Naturopathic Doctors: A 2004–2014 Comparative Study

To assess chiropractic (DC) and naturopathic doctors’ (ND) knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour with respect to the pediatric patients in their practice. Read more here.