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Why and How Should We Integrate Biomarkers into Complex Trials? A Discussion on Paradigms and Clinical Research Strategies

Research in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encounters a variety of challenges, such as potentially synergistic, multimodal, and complex interventions which are often dependent on the relationship between practitioner and patient, on specific settings, and on patients’ individual preferences, expectations, beliefs, and motivations. Read more here.

Manual or Electroacupuncture as an Add-On Therapy to SSRIs for Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are first-line antidepressants, however, only around 60% of patients could benefit from them. Acupuncture is supported by insufficient evidence to help with symptom relieving and SSRIs tolerance. Read more here.

Effectiveness and Safety of Oral Cordyceps sinensis on Stable COPD of GOLD Stages 2–3: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Cordyceps sinensis (CS) is a complementary medicine used for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) of Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) stages 2-3. Many randomized controlled trials have been conducted to evaluate the efect of CS alone or in combination with other herbs on stable COPD. Read more here.

12-Month Randomised Controlled Trial of Ginseng Extract for Moderate COPD

Panax ginseng (ginseng) is a therapeutic herb which might be beneficial in COPD. The study investigated if ginseng, compared with placebo, is effective and safe for people with moderate COPD. Read more here.

Posttraining Knowledge Retention among Licensed Cupping Providers in Saudi Arabia

One of the licensing requirements for cupping providers in Saudi Arabia is to attend a compulsory training course that lasts 5 days for non-physicians and 4 days for physicians, irrespective of any previous experience in cupping therapy. The course is conducted by the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM/MOH). As a part of course auditing, the current study aimed to evaluate knowledge retention among licensed cupping providers 1–3 years after passing the official cupping course.

Nonpharmacological Interventions for Cancer‐Related Fatigue: A Systematic Review and Bayesian Network Meta‐Analysis

Nonpharmacological interventions are the first recommendation for cancer‐related fatigue, according to current guidelines. There are many forms of nonpharmacological interventions for addressing cancer‐related fatigue, but the preferred means remain controversial and are not stated in the guidelines. Therefore, we evaluated the comparative effects and ranks of all major nonpharmacological interventions, according to different assessment methods, in cancer patients with fatigue.

Can Acupuncture Combined with SSRIs Improve Clinical Symptoms and Quality Of Life in Patients with Depression? Secondary Outcomes of a Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial

To explore the effects of acupuncture (manual acupuncture or electroacupuncture) combined with SSRIs for moderate to severe depression improving major clinical symptoms and life quality of the patients on secondary outcomes. Read more here.

Complementary Medicine Use during Cancer Treatment and Potential Herb-Drug Interactions from a Cross-Sectional Study in an Academic Centre

Complementary medicine (CM) is used by one third to one half of cancer patients throughout the world. The objective of this study was to describe the prevalence of CM use and the potential for interactions with cancer treatments in an academic oncology centre. A cross-sectional study was conducted among patients undergoing current cancer treatment. Among 132 included patients, 56% had used CM since their cancer diagnosis and 45% were using CM during cancer treatment at the time of the survey.

Effect of Eryngo (Eryngium caucasicum Trautv) on Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study

This study strove to investigate the safety and effectiveness of Eryngo in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea. Read more here.

A Critical Integrative Review of Complementary Medicine Education Research: Key Issues and Empirical Gaps

Complementary Medicine (CM) continues to thrive across many countries. Closely related to the continuing popularity of CM has been an increased number of enrolments at CM education institutions across the public and private tertiary sectors. Despite the popularity of CM across the globe and growth in CM education/education providers, to date, there has been no critical review of peer-reviewed research examining CM education undertaken. In direct response to this important gap, this paper reports the first critical review of contemporary literature examining CM education research.

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