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Chinese Herbal Medicine Adjunct Therapy in Patients with Acute Relapse of Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Many patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) resort to complementary and alternative medicine, which is used in 33%–80% of MS patients in the developed country. The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) as an adjunct therapy of patients with acute relapse of MS. Read more here.

National Health Service Healthcare Staff Experience and Practices Regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Online Survey

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing. The most common reported reason for CAM use is dissatisfaction with conventional healthcare. Several studies have reported factors influencing CAM usage and beliefs in the general public but the beliefs of healthcare staff are less well known. This paper reports the results of an online survey of 537 healthcare staff. Our study demonstrated an increased rate of patient referral for CAM from both personal CAM users and those trained in CAM.

Assessment of Dietary Supplementation in the Treatment of Vitiligo

Vitiligo is the most common acquired pigmentary disorder in the world. Due to alterations in physical appearance, vitiligo is a psychologically devastating disease. Although treatment options exist, a cure for this disease has yet to be discovered. Of recent interest in vitiligo is the relationship between diet and disease. Read more here.

Complementary Medicine for Treatment of Agitation and Delirium in Older Persons: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis

Agitation and delirium frequently occur in cognitively impaired older people. We conducted a systematic review with narrative synthesis of the literature aiming to assess effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities to address these conditions. Read more here.

Dairy Intake Is Protective against Bone Loss in Older Vitamin D Supplement Users: The Framingham Study

Previous studies showed beneficial effects of specific dairy foods on bone health in middle-aged adults. Read more here.

Caregiver-Reported Religious Beliefs and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among Children Admitted to an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) includes a wide range of practices and products that are generally outside the use of conventional medicine as practiced in Western cultures. Use of CAM in persons with epilepsy is high, even compared to individuals with other chronic health conditions. In this study, we surveyed caregivers of children admitted to a regional epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) in the southeast United States to assess CAM use among patients (N = 225).

Systematic Review of the Methodological Quality of Controlled Trials Evaluating Chinese Herbal Medicine in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

We appraised the methodological and reporting quality of randomised controlled clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating the efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Read more here.

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Acupuncture has been suggested as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), yet its clinical effects are unclear. This review aims to estimate effects of acupuncture on PTSD symptoms, depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, and sleep quality for adults with PTSD. Read more here.

Comparing Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use With or Without Including Prayer as a Modality in a Local and Diverse U.S. Jurisdiction

Few studies to date have examined the utilization of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in a local, ethnically diverse population in the United States (U.S.). Fewer have addressed the differences in their use based on inclusion or exclusion of prayer as a modality.

Integrative Acupuncture and Spinal Manipulative Therapy Versus Either Alone for Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial Feasibility Study

The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility of conducting a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) examining whether an integrative care model combining spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and acupuncture can lead to better outcomes for low back pain (LBP) than either therapy alone. Read more here.