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The Effects of the Court-Type Thai Traditional Massage on Anatomical Relations, Blood Flow, and Skin Temperature of the Neck, Shoulder, and Arm

Court-type Thai traditional massage (CTTM) has specific major signal points (MaSP) for treating musculoskeletal conditions. The objectives of this study are to investigate the anatomical surfaces and structures of MaSPs, and to examine blood flow (BF) and skin temperature (ST) changes after applying pressure on the MaSPs on neck, shoulder, and arm areas. Read more here.

Economic Evaluation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Oncology: Is there a Difference Compared to Conventional Medicine

Cancer patients are highly interested in complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). In western countries, 40 to 90% of cancer patients use CAM. In most countries, patients have to pay for CAM. Hence, there is an ongoing discussion regarding whether health insurance companies should reimburse payments, and if so, under what terms. Read more here.

Nurses' Knowledge and Attitudes toward Complementary Therapies for Cancer: A Review of the Literature

Complementary therapies (CTs) are nonconventional supportive therapies, which are used by the patients with cancer. The use of CTs has been known to alleviate symptoms as a result of chemotherapy and to improve quality of life. However, if CTs are inappropriately used, there may be adverse reactions or no effect resulting in poor support of the cancer treatment. Nurses play an important role in supporting patients with cancer who often seek information regarding CTs.

Feasibility and Acceptability of Two Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Perceived Insufficient Milk in Mothers of Late Preterm and Early Term Infants

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) could be one option to address perceived insufficient milk (PIM), but there are few data comparing the effectiveness, acceptability, and safety of various CAM therapies. The purpose of this study was to describe and compare, among women delivering at 34–376/7 weeks, the feasibility and acceptability of two CAM interventions for treatment of PIM: (1) a meditation/relaxation intervention via an MP3 (Apple iPod Shuffle©) player and (2) a commercially available combination-blend herbal supplement (Motherlove: More Milk Plus Alcohol Free®).

Sexual Orientation Differences in Complementary Health Approaches Among Young Adults in the United States

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) young adults experience a wide range of health disparities, compared to heterosexuals. However, LGBs also experience many barriers to conventional health care, including social stigma, lack of LGB-specific knowledge among providers, and lower rates of health insurance coverage, which may limit utilization of conventional health services. Complementary health approaches (CHA) may represent an alternative to conventional care, but very little is currently known about CHA use in this population.

Community Pharmacist’s Responsibilities with Regards to Traditional Medicine/Complementary Medicine Products: A Systematic Literature Review

The use of Traditional Medicine/Complementary Medicine (TM/CM) products has gained popularity in many countries. There is a growing body of evidence to support that concomitant use of TM/CM products with certain pharmaceutical medicines may adversely affect treatment outcomes. There is a general consensus that pharmacists have a role to play in the safe and appropriate use of these products. However, the extent of their involvement and responsibilities are not yet defined.

Utilization of Chinese Herbal Medicine for Selected Oral Conditions in Two Pediatric Populations

A recently published study sought to characterize traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) use, emphasizing herbal remedies, for oral conditions among two Chinese pediatric populations in the United States. Read more here.

The Impact of Massage Therapy on Function in Pain Populations-A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials: Part III, Surgical Pain Populations.

Pain is multi-dimensional and may be better addressed through a holistic, biopsychosocial approach. Massage therapy is commonly practiced among patients seeking pain management; however, its efficacy is unclear. This systematic review and meta-analysis is the first to rigorously assess the quality of the evidence for massage therapy's efficacy in treating pain, function-related, and health-related quality of life outcomes in surgical pain populations. Read more here.

A Critical Review of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use by Women with Cyclic Perimenstrual Pain and Discomfort: A Focus upon Prevalence, Patterns and Applications of Use and Users' Motivations, Information Seeking and Self-Perceived Efficacy

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is used for treating cyclic perimenstrual pain and discomfort. This critical review examines women's reported CAM use, its perceived effectiveness and information relating to women's attitudes, behaviors, motivations and patterns of CAM use in its treatment. Read more here.

Clinical Efficacy of the Co-Administration of Turmeric and Black Seeds (Kalongi) in Metabolic Syndrome – A Double Blind Randomized Controlled Trial – TAK-MetS Trial

Turmeric and Black seeds showed improvement in all parameters of metabolic syndrome, when co-administered at 60% of doses of individual herbs with enhanced efficacy and negligible adverse-effects. The combination of Black seeds and Turmeric can therefore, be recommended with lifestyle modification as a starting point for patients with MetS to halt its future complications and progression. Read more here.