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Self-Management of Stress with Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Factors That Influence and Inform Decision Making—A Systematic Review of the Literature

Stress, sometimes referred to as psychological distress, is common in Australia and many people choose to self-medicate by purchasing over-the-counter complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products from pharmacies. Read more here.

Anti-Tumor Effect of Hot Aqueous Extracts from Sonchus Oleraceus (L.) L. and Juniperus Sabina L – Two Traditional Medicinal Plants in China

Sonchus oleraceus (L.) L (SO) and Juniperus sabina L (JS) are traditional medicinal plants in China. And the aqueous extracts of them have been used to treat tumor, inflammatory diseases, infection and so on in Chinese folk culture. However, the underlying mechanisms of their anti-tumor activities have not been illustrated yet. Read more here.

Complementary Therapies for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Complementary therapies, such as home-based pulmonary rehabilitation, yoga, tai chi, geroprotectors, and the lung flute, show promise in COPD management. Patients may experience muscle weakness, decreased ability to exercise, disorders of the endocrine system, lung inflammation, anxiety, and depression suggesting that therapies must be tailored to fit the needs of the individual patient. Read more here.

Comparison of the Effect of Massage Therapy and Isometric Exercises on Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

Dysmenorrhea is the most common cyclic pelvic pain, and it affects the quality of life of many women. A study sought to compare the effects of massage and isometric exercises on primary dysmenorrhea. Read more here.

Influence Of Hydrotherapy On Clinical And Cardiac Autonomic Function In Migraine Patients

Migraine is associated with autonomic symptoms. The growing body of literature suggests that the dysfunctional autonomic nervous system might play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of migraine. Thermal therapies have been hypothesized to modulate these changes and alleviate pain. However, data regarding the efficacy of hydrotherapy in migraine remain scant. We evaluated the effect of add on hydrotherapy procedure (a hot arm and foot bath with ice massage to head) in migraine patients. Read more here.

Ethnobotany and Herbal Medicine in Modern Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Ethnobotanical knowledge and traditional medicinal practices from different parts of the world are of global importance and documentation of ethnobotanical, and ethnopharmacological data is a key prerequisite for further research in the area of herbal medicine and its implementation in clinical practice. Read more here.

Individualized Homeopathic Treatment and Fluoxetine for Moderate to Severe Depression in Peri- and Postmenopausal Women (HOMDEP-MENOP Study): A Randomized, Double-Dummy, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Perimenopausal period refers to the interval when women's menstrual cycles become irregular and is characterized by an increased risk of depression. Use of homeopathy to treat depression is widespread but there is a lack of clinical trials about its efficacy in depression in peri- and postmenopausal women. The aim of this study was to assess efficacy and safety of individualized homeopathic treatment versus placebo and fluoxetine versus placebo in peri- and postmenopausal women with moderate to severe depression.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatment Options for Otitis Media

Otitis media (OM) has numerous presentations in children. Together with conventional medical therapies aimed to prevent and/or treat OM, a rising number of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatment options can be offered. Since OM is common in children, parents may ask healthcare professionals about possible CAM therapies. Many physicians feel that their knowledge is limited regarding these therapies, and that they desire some information.

Chinese Herbal Medicines for Unexplained Recurrent Miscarriage

Recurrent miscarriage affects 1% to 3% of women of reproductive age and mostly occurs before the 10th week of gestation (and around the same gestational week in subsequent miscarriages). Although most pregnant women may not recognise a miscarriage until uterine bleeding and cramping occur, a repeat miscarriage after one or more pregnancy loss and the chance of having a successful pregnancy varies. To date, there is no universally accepted treatment for unexplained recurrent miscarriage.

Is Oral Chinese Herbal Medicine Beneficial for Psoriasis Vulgaris? A Meta-Analysis of Comparisons with Acitretin

Psoriasis vulgaris is a chronic disease that significantly affects patient's quality of life and poses an economic burden. Acitretin is a second-generation retinoid used for psoriasis in clinical practice. Orally administered Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), alone or combined with acitretin, has been used for the clinical management of psoriasis vulgaris. This systematic review evaluates the efficacy of oral CHM in comparison with acitretin and the add-on effect of oral CHM to acitretin.

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