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Changes of Local Blood Flow in Response to Acupuncture Stimulation: A Systematic Review

This systematic review aimed to summarize and evaluate the findings of studies investigating the local microcirculatory effects following acupuncture stimulation. The current evidence regarding the local effects of acupuncture in terms of blood flow remains insufficient for reliable conclusions due to few well-designed studies. Additional well-designed studies are needed to clarify these issues. Read more here.

Pragmatic Model for Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Primary Care Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

Integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into conventional care is driven by patients’ needs for holistic care. This study aimed to develop a model for integration of CAM into primary healthcare in close collaboration with patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain. Read more here.

Announcing ISCMR Scientific Article Prize Winners


Congratulations to Dr. Claudia Witt and her team, winners of the 2015 ISCMR Scientific Article Prize!

Witt CM, Außerer O, Baier S, Heidegger H, Icke K, Mayr O, Mitterer M, Roll S, Spizzo G, Scherer A, Thuile C, Wieser A, Schützler L. Effectiveness of an additional individualized multi-component complementary medicine treatment on health-related quality of life in breast cancer patients: a pragmatic randomized  trial. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2015 Jan;149(2):449-60.   


Runners Up:

Announcing ISCMR Poster Prize Winners

1st Place:

Li Qiong (Wang Beijing University of Chinese Medicine)
Comparison Between English And Chinese Publications Of Randomized Clinical Trials On Acupuncture. Li-Qiong Wang, Chun-Xiang Su, Yu-Yi Wang, Guo-Yan Yang, Ning Liang, Jian-Ping Liu. Centre for Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China.


Runners Up:

Jiaxing Tian (Quangamen Hospital Academy of Chinese Medicine)

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Patients with Cancer: A Cross-Sectional Study at Different Points of Cancer Care

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used by cancer patients. In order to learn more on the usage of CAM, its reasons and motifs as well as sources of information along the trajectory of treatment, we decided to evaluate the prevalence and predictors for the use of CAM by cancer patients while being under active treatment with chemo- or radiotherapy or in aftercare. Read more here.

Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Use by Participants in the PACE Trial of Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is characterised by persistent fatigue, disability and a range of other symptoms. The PACE trial was randomised to compare four non-pharmacological treatments for patients with CFS in secondary care clinics. The aims of this sub study were to describe the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the trial sample and to test whether CAM use correlated with an improved outcome. Read more here.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects of the Essential Oils of Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) in Experimental Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ginger and its extracts have been used traditionally as anti-inflammatory remedies, with a particular focus on the medicinal properties of its phenolic secondary metabolites, the gingerols. Consistent with these uses, potent anti-arthritic effects of gingerol-containing extracts were previously demonstrated by our laboratory using an experimental model of rheumatoid arthritis, streptococcal cell wall (SCW)-induced arthritis.

Meditation as a Useful Chance for Chronic Pain Decrease

Over the past 30 years, a great number of studies have been examined the psychological aspects of meditation applied along with chronic pain (CP) treatment, used as complementary treatment. The subjective experience of pain is constructed and modulated by complex, multidimensional interactions between sensory, affective, and cognitive factors, making its treatment both challenging and costly.

Use and Interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine among College Students Seeking Healthcare at a University Campus Student Health Center

There is growing data on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) preferences among college students. While several studies have focused on undergraduate students, there is limited data on graduate students. Read more here.

Chinese Herbal Medicine as an Adjunctive Therapy for Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been widely used as an adjunctive therapy for breast cancer, while its efficacy remains unexplored. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of CHM combined with chemotherapy for breast cancer. The study results showed that CHM combined with chemotherapy significantly increased tumor response and KPS as compared to using chemotherapy alone. Read more here.