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The Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Versus Electroacupuncture on Working Memory in Healthy Subjects

Working memory (WM) can influence human thought processes through interactions with perception, long-term memory, and behavior. In recent years, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and electric acupuncture have been used to improve the performance of WM. Therefore, due to the n-back task as a continuous performance task that is commonly used to measure WM, the aim of this study is to investigate the differences in short-term efficacy between tDCS and electroacupuncture on WM under n-back task paradigm in healthy subjects.

Moringa rivae leaf Extracts Attenuate Complete Freund’s Adjuvant-Induced Arthritis in Wistar Rats via Modulation of Inflammatory and Oxidative Stress Biomarkers

Moringa rivae is widely used as a traditional remedy against arthritis. The present research was designed to evaluate the anti-arthritic potential of Moringa rivae extracts. Treatment of rats with adjuvant-induced arthritis with methanolic and aqueous extracts of M. rivae (150, 300 or 600 mg/kg), and piroxicam (10 mg/kg) was started orally at day 8 post-administration of complete Freund’s adjuvant and continued till 28th day. Read more here.

Treating Therapy-Resistant Headache After Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage with Acupuncture

Subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) is usually associated with severe headache, whereas the options of pharmacological analgesia are restricted. Acupuncture is a promising method in treatment of headaches associated with meningeal sensitivity or irritation, such as migraine or post-dural puncture headache. Read more here.

Astragalus membranaceus (Huang Qi) as Adjunctive Therapy for Diabetic Kidney Disease: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Historical literature and pharmacological studies both suggest that Astragalus membranaceus (A. membranaceus) holds potential benefits for diabetic kidney disease (DKD), which is a growing burden with limited proven renal protective options. Read more here.

Herbal Medicines for Suppressing Appetite: A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials

The suppression of appetite with herbal medicines has become very popular in recent years. We conducted this systematic review to evaluate the recent scientific evidence regarding herbal medicines that are used to suppress appetite. Read more here.

A Naturalistic Study of Herbal Medicine for Self-Reported Depression and/or Anxiety a Protocol

Insomnia is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders which affect the quality of life. Due to high prevalence of this disease and the side effects of sedative drugs, people tend to use herbal remedies. There are some oral or topical prescriptions in Persian medicine texts for the treatment of insomnia. The aim of this study was to investigate topical treatments for insomnia in Iranian traditional medicine (ITM) and comparing them with current therapies in modern medicine.

Comparative Effectiveness of Chuna Manual Therapy versus Conventional Usual Care for Non-Acute Low Back Pain: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

Low back pain (LBP) is common, with a lifetime prevalence of 80%, and as such it places substantial social and economic burden on individuals and society. Chuna manual therapy (CMT) combines aspects of physiology, biodynamics of spine and joint motion, and basic theory of movement dynamics. This study aimed to test the comparative effectiveness and safety of CMT for non-acute LBP. Read more here.

Integrated Care for Migraine and Chronic Tension-Type Headaches: A Prospective Observational Study

Cold hypersensitivity in the hands and feet (CHHF) is frequent in Asian countries including Korea. The quality of life can be degraded by the symptoms of CHHF. Read more here.

Scandinavian Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Bibliometric Study

The aim of this study is to analyse the development of Scandinavian research on complementary and alternative medicine in terms of publication pattern and general content. Furthermore we will map research networks. Read more here.

Why and How Should We Integrate Biomarkers into Complex Trials? A Discussion on Paradigms and Clinical Research Strategies

Research in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encounters a variety of challenges, such as potentially synergistic, multimodal, and complex interventions which are often dependent on the relationship between practitioner and patient, on specific settings, and on patients’ individual preferences, expectations, beliefs, and motivations. Read more here.