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Exploring the Mechanism of Danshen against Myelofibrosis by Network Pharmacology and Molecular Docking

Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge), a natural powerful drug for various conditions treatment, has traditionally been used in Asian countries for centuries as anticancer agent, anti-inflammatory agent, and antioxidant. More recently, it is explored in combination with other herbs for skeletal diseases therapy; bone-targeting compounds with pharmacological activities have been isolated from various sources of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), including Danshen. Read more here.

Yoga for Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a relatively common severe mental disorder which affects approximately 24 million people worldwide, with a lifetime prevalence of 0.3% to 0.6% and incidence of 10.2 to 22.0 per 100,000 people. Schizophrenia is characterised by a constellation of symptoms that can present in a wide variety of ways depending on the person. Core features or symptoms can broadly be divided into positive symptoms and negative symptoms. Read more here.

Attitudes, Skills and Use of Evidence-Based Practice among UK Osteopaths: A National Cross-Sectional Survey

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a clinical decision-making framework that supports quality improvement in healthcare. While osteopaths are key providers of musculoskeletal healthcare, the extent to which osteopaths engage in EBP is unclear. Thus, the aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate UK osteopaths’ attitudes, skills and use of EBP, and perceived barriers and facilitators of EBP uptake. Read more here.

Chinese Herbal Medicine Evodia Hot Compress Therapy Improves the Recovery of Gastrointestinal Function after Abdominal Surgery

Background and aim: To investigate the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine topical therapy in the recovery of gastrointestinal function after abdominal surgery in a prospective multi-center randomized controlled trial. Read more here.

Efficacy and safety of Ojeok-san in Korean Female Patients with Cold Hypersensitivity in the Hands and Feet: Study Protocol for a Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Pilot Study

This study aims to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and feasibility of a full randomized clinical trial of Ojeok-san in Korean female patients with cold hypersensitivity in the hands and feet. Read more here.

Traditionally Trained Acupuncturists’ Views on the World Health Organization Traditional Medicine ICD-11 Codes: A Europe Wide Mixed Methods Study

The diagnostic categories used in Traditional Medicine (TM) that originated in China and are now used around the world have been classified for inclusion as a chapter within the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD). As a new chapter in ICD, the TM ICD codes were subject to international field testing. A pilot field test of the TM ICD codes was conducted to investigate their clinical utility in the European context. Read more here.

Filling the Gaps in Contemporary Maternity Care: The Perceptions of Complementary Medicine Practitioners Providing Care to Women during Pregnancy

As many as one in two women consult with a complementary medicine (CM) practitioner for pregnancy-related health care, yet little is known about the reason for such a high rate of use. This paper presents the perceptions of CM practitioners regarding the role they play within the existing maternity care system. Read more here.

Comparative Effectiveness and Economic Evaluation of Chuna Manual Therapy for Chronic Neck Pain: Protocol for a Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial

Neck pain is a highly prevalent medical condition that incurs substantial social burden. Although manual therapy is widely used for treatment of neck pain, the body of evidence supporting its effectiveness and safety is not conclusive. The aim of this study is to examine the effect, safety, and cost-effectiveness of Chuna manual therapy, a traditional Korean manual therapy for treatment of various musculoskeletal complaints. Read more here.

Emotional Release and Physical Symptom Improvement: A Qualitative Analysis of Self-Reported Outcomes and Mechanisms in Patients Treated with Neural Therapy

Neural Therapy (NT) is a common complementary treatment approach using injections with short-acting local anesthetics to treat pain and chronic diseases. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms and the domains of treatment response. This study therefore analyzed patient experiences following NT injections with procaine. Read more here.

Consensus-based Clinical Case Reporting Guideline Extension: CARE for Acupuncture Protocol

Acupuncture, as part of traditional medicine, is now widely used around the world. According to a 2013 World Health Organization (WHO) report, 103 of the WHO's member countries have approved the use of acupuncture. Moreover, a 2013 survey conducted by World Federation of Acupuncture-moxibustion Societies (WFAS) showed that 183 (91%) of the 202 countries surveyed application of acupuncture. Acupuncture is available in 178 (93%) of the 192 member countries of the United Nations (UN) of which 59 (31%) have partial or full insurance coverage.

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