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Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses of Acupuncture: The PRISMA for Acupuncture Checklist

Acupuncture is widely used worldwide, and systematic reviews on acupuncture are increasingly being published. Although acupuncture systematic reviews share several essential elements with other systematic reviews, some essential information for the application of acupuncture is not covered by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) statement. Considering this, we aimed to develop an extension of the PRISMA statement for acupuncture systematic reviews.

Prioritizing Chinese Medicine Clinical Research Questions in Cancer Palliative Care: International Delphi Survey

Chinese medicine modalities, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), have been used as palliative interventions among cancer patients. More research should be conducted to confirm their effectiveness. Read more here.

Information and Training Needs of Pediatric Oncologists in Complementary and Integrative Medicine

More than one third of all German pediatric patients with cancer use complementary and integrative medicine (CIM). Parents want to discuss the topic of CIM with their pediatric oncologists (POs); however, POs mostly do not feel confident discussing these topics. POs report openness to receiving further information and training, but CIM training opportunities in medical education seem rare. Read more here.

Prioritizing Chinese Medicine Clinical Research Questions in Cancer Palliative Care: International Delphi Survey

Chinese medicine modalities, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), have been used as palliative interventions among cancer patients. More research should be conducted to confirm their effectiveness. Read more here.

Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Insulin Resistance: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

and purpose Acupuncture has gained increasing attention in the treatment of insulin resistance (IR). This study systematically reviews the efficacy of acupuncture on clinical IR outcomes. Read more here.

Complementary Therapies for Clinical Depression: An Overview of Systematic Reviews

As clinical practice guidelines vary widely in their search strategies and recommendations of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for depression, this overview aimed at systematically summarising the level 1 evidence on CAM for patients with a clinical diagnosis of depression. Read more here.

Acupuncture for Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Depression is commonly treated with anti-depressant medication and/or psychological interventions. Patients with depression are common users of complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, either as a replacement for, or adjunct to, their conventional treatments. This systematic review and meta-analysis examined the effectiveness of acupuncture in major depressive disorder. Read more here.

Survey of Integrative Treatment Practices of Korean Medicine Doctors for Cervical Disc Herniation: Preliminary Data for Clinical Practice Guidelines

A survey study was conducted in Korean medicine doctors who provide nonsurgical integrative treatment for cervical disc herniation (CDH) at spine-specialty hospitals to assess usual treatment practices, diagnosis and treatment methods, and related adverse events for CDH. Read more here.

Medicinal Leech Therapy in Venous Congestion and Various Ulcer Forms: Perspectives of Western, Persian and Indian Medicine

The use of medicinal leech therapy (MLT) is the subject of many articles describing basic pharmacological principles, application procedures, or efficacy and safety of the broad range of therapeutic indications. Read more here.

Efficacy of Topical Citrullus colocynthis (Bitter Apple) Extract Oil in Chemotherapy‐Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Pilot Double‐Blind Randomized Placebo‐Controlled Clinical Trial

Chemotherapy‐induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is one of the most common complications in patients with cancer. Citrullus colocynthis (bitter apple) has been used in traditional Persian medicine as an effective pain relief, especially for neuralgia. We designed a pilot clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of topical C. colocynthis oil in management of CIPN in breast cancer patients. Read more here.

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