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Perceptions of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Chronic Disease Care and Prevention: A Cross-Sectional Study of Chinese Hospital-Based Health Care Professionals

In China, demands for disease prevention and health care and the prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases have increased. TCM and general hospitals are increasingly utilizing TCM strategies for chronic non-communicable disease care and prevention. This study aimed to investigate health care professionals’ (HCPs’) perceptions of TCM for prevention, their TCM knowledge, and their abilities to provide such services in TCM and general hospitals. Read more here.

Bioavailable Curcumin Formulations: A Review of Pharmacokinetic Studies in Healthy Volunteers

Curcumin is a widely studied natural compound which has shown tremendous in vitro therapeutic potential. Despite that, the clinical efficacy of the native curcumin is weak due to its low bioavailability and high metabolism in gastrointestinal tract. During last decade, researchers have come up with different formulations with a focus on improving the bioavailability of curcumin. Read more here.

Reducing Antibiotic Use for Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infection in General Practice by Treatment with Uva-Ursi (REGATTA) – A Double-Blind, Randomized, Controlled Comparative Effectiveness Trial

Uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTI) are common in general practice and usually treated with antibiotics. This contributes to increasing resistance rates of uropathogenic bacteria. A previous trial showed a reduction of antibiotic use in women with UTI by initial symptomatic treatment with ibuprofen. However, this treatment strategy is not suitable for all women equally. Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (UU, bearberry extract arbutin) is a potential alternative treatment.

Current Practices and Awareness of Anticancer Plants in the Traditional Healthcare System

Nowadays, the increasing burden of cancer has renewed the interest in plants as source of potential anticancer drugs. In fact, one of the major problems with cancer chemotherapy is the extreme toxicity of the traditional drugs. Thus, the research for new biologically active molecules against cancer is targeted on plants and their derived natural products. Plants used in traditional medicine have proved effective and safe in the treatment and management of cancers, and almost 80% of the world’s population use anticancer agents of natural origin.

Identification of the Conditions that Complementary Medicine Practitioners Recommend Gluten Free Diets for in Australia

A gluten free diet (GFD) is indicated for the medical management of coeliac disease as well as gluten ataxia, dermatitis herpetiformis, and wheat allergy. Complementary medicine practitioners (CMPs) recommend removing gluten from the diet, but it is not known what symptoms or conditions they recommend gluten free diets for. The aim of this study is to describe for what conditions Australian naturopaths, Western herbalists and nutritionists (non-dietetic) recommend a gluten free diet.

Prescription Patterns of Traditional Chinese Medicine amongst Taiwanese Children: A Population-Based Cohort Study

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used by Chinese patients and in many other countries worldwide. However, epidemiological reports and prescription patterns on children are few. Read more here.

A 12-Week Evaluation of Annatto Tocotrienol Supplementation for Postmenopausal Women: Safety, Quality Of Life, Body Composition, Physical Activity, and Nutrient Intake

Evidence suggests that tocotrienols may benefit bone health in osteopenic women. However, their safety in this population has never been investigated. This study was to evaluate the safety of a 12-week supplementation of annato tocotrienol in postmenopausal osteopenic women, along with effects of the supplementation on quality of life, body composition, physical activity, and nutrient intake in this population. Read more here.

Prescription Patterns and Characteristics of Users of Chinese Herbal Products in the US: Analysis of a Teaching Center Prescription Database

The objectives of this study are to: i) report the sociodemographic characteristics of CHP users at a US TCM teaching center, ii) tabulate the indications for uses, and iii) describe prescription patterns. Read more here.

‘The healthcare system is not designed around my needs’: How healthcare consumers self-integrate conventional and complementary healthcare services

To explore healthcare consumers' experiences of healthcare service integration. This phenomenological study comprised three focus groups of 13 participants who were purposively invited to span three broad generations: young adults, middle-aged adults and seniors. Transcripts of focus group recordings were analysed thematically. Read more here.

A Survey of Application of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Chinese Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study

To investigate the prevalence and spectrum of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) application and its related-factors in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients in China. Read more here.

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