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What Risks do Herbal Products Pose to the Australian community?

Traditional herbal products are widely used in Australia to treat a broad range of conditions and diseases. It is popularly believed that these products are safer than prescribed drugs. While many may be safe, it is worrying that the specific effects and harmful interactions of a number of their components with prescription medications is not well understood. Some traditional herbal preparations contain heavy metals and toxic chemicals, as well as naturally occurring organic toxins.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Treatment of Bronchiolitis in Infants: A Systematic Review

Bronchiolitis is a common cause of hospitalization among infants. The limited effectiveness of conventional medication has prompted the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as alternative or adjunctive therapy for the management of bronchiolitis. Read more here.

Fish Oil–Derived Fatty Acids in Pregnancy and Wheeze and Asthma in Offspring

Reduced intake of n−3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) may be a contributing factor to the increasing prevalence of wheezing disorders. We assessed the effect of supplementation with n−3 LCPUFAs in pregnant women on the risk of persistent wheeze and asthma in their offspring. Read more here.

A Review of the Antiviral Properties of Black Elder (Sambucus nigra L.) Products

Black elder (Sambucus nigra L.) has a long ethnobotanical history across many disparate cultures as a treatment for viral infection and is currently one of the most-used medicinal plants worldwide. Until recently, however, substantial scientific research concerning its antiviral properties has been lacking. Here, we evaluate the state of current scientific research concerning the use of elderberry extract and related products as antivirals, particularly in the treatment of influenza, as well as their safety and health impacts as dietary supplements.

Acupoint Herbal Patching at Shenque (Cv8) as an Adjunctive Therapy for Acute Diarrhea in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Acute diarrhea is one of the most frequent illnesses in Children and causes for hospital attendance in developing countries. This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to assess the beneficial effect and safety of acupoint herbal patching (AHP) at Shenque (CV8) as an adjunctive therapy for acute diarrhea in children. Read more here.

Factors Associated with Complementary Medicine Use in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Conditions: Results from a National Survey

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is common in children, but its use has only been investigated in children with musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) to a limited extent. We aimed to characterize factors associated with CAM use in children with MSK conditions. Read more here.

Defining Health in a Comprehensive Context: A New Definition of Integrative Health

Despite investments in health care, good health remains elusive for many people. Healthcare systems generally are disease-focused and concentrate resources on treatment modalities that often work well for acute or life-threatening illnesses such as physical trauma or infectious disease, but sometimes are poorly suited to the management of chronic illness. Modifying the healthcare system to recognize the importance of social, behavioral, economic, and environmental determinants of health might better address current population needs.

Systematic Conceptualization of Person Centered Medicine and Development and Validation of a Person-centered Care Index

A world-wide movement is emerging for person centered medicine and healthcare collaboratively developed by the International College of Person Centered Medicine and a number of global institutions through annual Geneva Conferences and International Congresses as well as scholarly publications. While frequently quoted definitional note have been advanced through this maturational process, efforts are needed to conceptualize and measure systematically person-centered care. Read more here.

Nurses’ Attitudes towards Complementary Therapies: A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis

The aim of this meta-synthesis is to review, critically, appraise and synthesize the existing qualitative research to develop a new, more substantial interpretation of nurses' attitudes regarding the, use of complementary therapies by patients. Data sources; A search of relevant articles published in English between, January 2000 and December 2015 was conducted using the following, electronic databases; MEDLINE, CINAHL and AMED. Reference lists of selected papers and grey literature were also interrogated for pertinent, studies.

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.

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