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Oral Chinese Herbal Medicine for Post-Herpetic Neuralgia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a common complication of herpes zoster. Pain medications have shown benefit, however many patients do not achieve adequate pain relief. Oral Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been used for people with PHN but its benefit is unclear. This review examined the efficacy and safety of oral CHM alone or as add-on therapy for PHN. Read more here.

Efficacy of Mindfulness Meditation for Smoking Cessation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Smokers increasingly seek alternative interventions to assist in cessation or reduction efforts. Mindfulness meditation, which facilitates detached observation and paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, and acceptance, has recently been studied as a smoking cessation intervention. Read more here.

Clinical Effectiveness of Acupuncture on Parkinson Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second-most-common chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease. The long-term use of levodopa leads to a loss of efficacy and to complications. Therefore, many patients with PD have turned to complementary therapies to help relieve their symptoms. Acupuncture is most commonly used as a complementary therapy in patients with PD. This paper presents a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of acupuncture for patients with PD.

Comparing the Effect of Foot Reflexology Massage, Foot Bath and Their Combination on Quality of Sleep in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome

Many patients in coronary care unit (CCU) suffer from decreased sleep quality caused by environmental and mental factors. This study compared the efficacy of foot reflexology massage, foot bath, and a combination of them on the quality of sleep of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Read more here.

Impact of Massage Therapy on Fatigue, Pain, and Spasticity in People with Multiple Sclerosis: a Pilot Study

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, immune-mediated, inflammatory disease that leads to fatigue, pain, and spasticity, as well as other sensorimotor and cognitive changes. Often traditional medical approaches are ineffective in alleviating these disruptive symptoms. Although about one-third of surveyed individuals report they use massage therapy (MT) as an adjunct to medical treatment, there is little empirical evidence that MT is effective for symptom management in people with MS. Read more here.

Evaluation Of The Effect Of The Administration Of An N-Acetyl-Glucosamine-Containing Green Tea Supplement On Biomarkers For Cartilage Metabolism In Healthy Individuals Without Symptoms Of Arthritis: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical St

To evaluate the chondroprotective action of an N-acetyl-glucosamine (GlcNAc)-containing supplement on the joint health of healthy individuals without symptoms of arthritis, we conducted a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Read more here.

A Brief Review on the Application of Nanoparticle Enclosed Herbal Medicine for the Treatment of Infective Endocarditis

Herbal medicines have been routinely employed all over the world dated back from the ancient time and have been identified by patients and physicians for their excellent therapeutic value as they have lower adverse effects when compared with the modern medicines. Phytotherapeutics requires a scientific technique to deliver the active herbal extract in a controlled manner to avoid repeated administration and increase patient compliance. This can be reached by fabricating a novel drug delivery systems (NDDS) for herbal components.

Clinical Use of Hypericum Perforatum (St John's Wort) in Depression: A Meta-Analysis

St John's wort is a popular herbal remedy recommended by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners and licensed and widely prescribed for depression in many European countries. However, conflicting data regarding its benefits and risks exist, and the last large meta-analysis on St John's wort use for depression was done in 2008, with no updated meta-analysis available. Read more here.

Examining the Acute Effects of Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation on Executive Function and Mood

The objective of this study was to compare the acute effects of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation on executive function and mood. Using a within-subjects experimental design, 31 moderately experienced hatha yoga practitioners (mean age 27.71 ± 8.32) completed three counterbalanced sessions: hatha yoga (conscious movement and meditation), meditation (mindfulness of breath, emotions, thoughts, and body sensations), and a reading control task. Executive function was assessed using the Stroop task at baseline and at two follow-up points (5 and 10 min post-session).

A Study to Determine the Knowledge and Level of Awareness of Medical Undergraduates about Herbal Medicines and Herb-Drug Interactions

The increasing usage of herbal medicines worldwide has increased the probability of co-administration of herbal and allopathic medicines. This may lead to serious safety concerns, including herb-drug interactions (HDIs). Many HDIs may be overlooked due to poor doctor-patient communication about herbal drug usage probably because of lack of knowledge of herbal medicines and HDIs among physicians.

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