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Evaluation of in vitro Embryotoxicity Tests for Chinese Herbal Medicines

Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) have been widely used during pregnancy, but feto-embryo safety tests are lacking. Here we evaluated in vitro embryotoxicity tests (IVTs) as alternative methods in assessing developmental toxicity of CHMs. Ten CHMs were selected and classified as strongly, weakly and non-embryotoxic. Read more here.

Auricular Acupressure as a Complementary Therapy for Psoriasis Vulgaris: Study Protocol for A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial

Psoriasis vulgaris is a common skin disease characterized by persistent localized erythematous scaly plaques, typically on the elbows, knees, and scalp. It is an immune-abnormal disease that progresses slowly over a long period with frequent symptom recurrence. Read more here.

The Efficacy of Asafoetida (Ferula assa-foetidaoleo-gum resin) Versus Chlorhexidine Gluconate Mouthwash on Dental Plaque and Gingivitis: A Randomized Double-Blind Controlled Trial

Microbial plaque is known to be the most important causative agent of periodontal disease. Since plaque control by mechanical methods is not enough to keep the gingival health in many people, attention has been brought to medicinal treatments, including mouthwashes. The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of asafoetida versus chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) mouthwash. Read more here.

Add-On Effects of Chinese Herbal Medicine for Post-Stroke Spasticity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Treatment for post-stroke spasticity (PSS) remains a major challenge in clinical practice. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is often administered to assist in routine care (RC) in the treatment of PSS, with increasing numbers of clinical research and preclinical studies suggesting that it has potential benefits. Therefore, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the add-on effects and safety of CHM for PSS. Read more here.

Mind-Body Medicine Use by Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer: Results of a Nationally Representative Survey

Worldwide breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and often associated with a profound physiological stress reaction. Mind-body medicine modalities have been proven effective in reducing stress symptoms. This article will cover the prevalence of MBM use in women with and without breast cancer in the US population and detect predictors of MBM use in women diagnosed with breast cancer. Read more here.

Online Yoga in Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Patients: Results of a Randomized Pilot Trial to Inform Future Research

Myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) patients suffer from significant symptoms, inflammation and reduced quality of life. Yoga improves these outcomes in other cancers, but this hasn’t been demonstrated in MPNs. The purpose of this study was to: (1) explore the limited efficacy (does the program show promise of success) of a 12-week online yoga intervention among MPN patients on symptom burden and quality of life and (2) determine feasibility (practicality: to what extent a measure can be carried out) of remotely collecting inflammatory biomarkers.

Health Care in Light of Different Theories of Health—A Proposed Framework For Integrating A Social Humanistic Perspective Into Health Care

The objective of this paper is to provide an overview of the biomedical, the biopsychosocial, and the social humanistic theories of health and to propose a framework for integrating the latter into health care. Read more here.

Differences in Demographics and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Between Patients Attending Integrative Kampo versus Biomedical Clinics in Japan

Growing interest in integrative medicine motivates examination of who seeks integrative care, and why. By examining differences in demographics and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use between patients recruited from Japanese Kampo (traditional herbal medicine) versus biomedical clinics, this study aimed to identify whether integrative medicine options might attract different patients. Read more here.

The Effect of Delphinium denudatum (Jadwar) on Fatigue: A Randomized Double Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial

Fatigue is a common problem in modern-day life. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Delphinium denudatum (Jadwar) on fatigue. Read more here.

The Effect of a Chickpea-Based Persian Diet on Cancer-Related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients: A Semi-Experimental Study

Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is one of the most common symptoms associated with cancer or its treatment. Read more here.