Healing Waters? Commentary on Two Experimental Studies and a Review of Homeopathy Research

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ahead of Print.
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ConclusionsVarious models for integrating CAM with UK primary care were identified. Social prescribing and NHS/patient co-funded CAM may be potentially sustainable models for future integration. Lack of funding and negative perceptions of CAM remain the primary challenge to integration. Evaluating effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of integrated services is vital to ensure sustainability.
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND:  Practice-based registration could identify 'general' and 'homeopathic' prognostic factors for therapeutic success in patients who seek complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)/homeopathic treatment. Identification of 'best homeopathic cases' within a database could inform clinical research and improve homeopathic practice. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the feasibility of registration in daily CAM/homeopathic practice, evaluate patient-reported outcome measures and tools for identifying 'best homeopathic cases' and to make recommendations for an electronic database. METHODS: &em...
Source: Homeopathy - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Homeopathy Source Type: research
ConclusionReligious practices, herbal and household remedies were the main CAM practices observed in this study. Proper understanding of patients’ perspectives towards CAM can help health care professionals adopt a more patient-centred approach, optimize good pharmaceutical care planning and ensure safe practice.
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The type of CAM being used plays an important role when the patient makes the decision to inform the gastroenterologist. Other healthcare professionals play an important role in providing the advice to start CAM. Gastroenterologists must be aware of the high prevalence of CAM use in IBD patients, actively ask about CAM use and guide the patients who want to use CAM in a responsible and safe manner. PMID: 30219473 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVES: From a pharmaceutical point of view, we see a need to develop stable preclinical test systems to identify and investigate effects of potentized remedies as used in Anthroposophic Medicine and Homeopathy. We evaluated a plant bioassay regarding its capacity to distinguish homeopathic remedies from placebo, applied as sucrose pillules. METHODS: Pea seed (Pisum sativum L) was soaked for 24 hours in water with dissolved homeopathic or placebo pillules, or in water only. Shoot length was measured 14 days after planting and treatment groups were compared by analysis of variance (ANOVA). The s...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
[Prevalence and expectations of "alternative and complementary medicine" use during radiotherapy in 2016: A prospective study]. Cancer Radiother. 2018 Sep 06;: Authors: Dupin C, Arsène-Henry A, Charleux T, Haaser T, Trouette R, Vendrely V Abstract PURPOSE: Alternative and complementary medicine is defined as any substance or technique of non-allopathic medicine used to improve health and quality of life. The purpose of this prospective observational study was to evaluate the use of alternative and complementary medicine during radiotherapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A questionnaire w...
Source: Cancer Radiotherapie - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Cancer Radiother Source Type: research
Conclusion. Patients diagnosed with MS seek hope in T&CM such as homeopathy or acupuncture. The results of this study suggest that MS patients need more professional support in their personal search for alternative therapies. Key point. 50% of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis search relief in traditional and complementary medicine such as homeopathy or acupuncture. These patients often feel compelled to try every opportunity to heal, often stimulated or urged on by friends or relatives. Multiple sclerosis patients are more satisfied with their conventional treatment than with the traditional and complementary med...
Source: Journal of Medicine and Life - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Med Life Source Type: research
Cancer patients — including those with mesothelioma — who receive complementary therapy are likely to die sooner than those who use only conventional treatment, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Patients receiving complementary medicine also were more inclined to forego at least one component of their conventional treatment regimen. The study was done by a team from the Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research Center at Yale School of Medicine. JAMA Oncology published the study July 19. “The study was about patients who were using unproven therapies for treatment...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Source Type: news
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ahead of Print.
Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Perception on breast cancer influences the help seeking pattern of breast cancer patients. Negative perception causes delay in help seeking. Outcome or survival rate of breast cancer has a relation on perception. A cross sectional study was done during July 2015-June 2016, to assess the perception on breast cancer and to find out the help seeking pattern and extent of help seeking time among breast cancer patients. A total of 200 patients were selected following the convenient method of sampling from National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital. Dhaka. Face to face interviews were taken from the diagnosed breast canc...
Source: Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
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