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Complementary Medicine Use in the Australian Population: Results of a Nationally-Representative Cross-Sectional Survey

In order to describe the prevalence and characteristics of complementary medicine (CM) practice and product use by Australians, we conducted a cross-sectional online survey with Australian adults aged 18 and over. Rates of consultation with CM practitioners, and use of CM products and practices were assessed. Read more here.

Assessing the Methodological and Reporting Quality of Network Meta-Analyses in Chinese Medicine

An increasing number of network meta-analyses (NMAs) in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have been published recently, but the quality of them was lack of assessment. This study aims to evaluate the methodological and reporting quality of NMAs in TCM. Read more here.

Internet Survey on the Provision of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Japanese Private Clinics: A Cross-Sectional Study

Although the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by the general population has been surveyed previously, the provision of CAM by Japanese physicians in private clinics has not been studied. Universal health insurance system was established in Japan in 1961, and most CAMs are not on the drug tariff. We aimed to clarify the current status of CAM provided by physicians at private clinics in Japan. Read more here.

Aloysia citriodora Palau (lemon verbena) for Insomnia Patients: A Randomized, Double‐Blind, Placebo‐Controlled Clinical Trial of Efficacy and Safety

Aloysia citriodora (A. citriodora) has a long history of traditional use for sedation and treatment of insomnia in different societies. This study was carried out to assess the efficacy of A. citriodora in patients with insomnia. Read more here.

Pros and Cons of Dietary Strategies Popular Among Cancer Patients

As many as 48% of cancer patients pursue popular diets, including the alkaline, Paleolithic, ketogenic, vegan, and macrobiotic diets, with the hope that they will improve survival and prevent recurrence. Read more here.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Ingredients Rosa damascena and Poria cocos Promote Phagocytosis and a Dendritic Cell Phenotype in THP-1 Cells

Rosa damascena and Poria cocos are ingredients commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. R. damascena is used to promote blood circulation as well as liver and stomach function, while P. cocos is used to eliminate dampness and enhance spleen function. Objective: The objective of the study is to investigate possible mechanisms by which R. damascena and P. cocos may promote immune function. Read more here.

Patients’ Experiences Attributed to the Use of Passiflora Incarnata: A Qualitative, Phenomenological Study

Passiflora incarnata Linnaeus (Passiflora incarnata) was established as a medicinal plant in Europe in the middle of the 19th century. Since then, it has been used for the treatment of anxiety, sleep disorders and restlessness in Western European phytotherapy. This study provides insights into how Passiflora incarnata is currently used and experienced as a medicinal plant by German-speaking patients in Switzerland. Read more here.

Ayurveda Abroad: Non-native Perspectives and Needs for Translating It to Western Settings

This chapter intends to give a brief overview on what might be some of the crucial characteristics of Ayurveda research and practice in western countries in the twenty-first century. This summary is not intended as an exhaustive scholarly piece on each and every aspect of national and regional Ayurvedic characteristics regarding regional historical and cultural backgrounds, national healthcare systems, policy making, legal and insurance coverage issues, etc. outside of South Asia.

Inequalities in the Geographic Distribution of Hospital Beds and Doctors in Traditional Chinese Medicine from 2004 To 2014

This study identifies inequities in the provincial-level geographical distribution of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) hospital beds and doctors in China from 2004 to 2014. This provides policy implications of the optimal allocation of TCM health care resources. Read more here.

Aromatherapy for Managing Pain in Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Systematic Review of Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trials

Aromatherapy, the therapeutic use of essential oils, is often used to reduce pain in primary dysmenorrhea. Eleven databases, including four English (PubMed, AMED, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library) and seven Korean medical databases, were searched from inception through August 2018 without restrictions on publication language. Read more here.

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