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Self-efficacy and self-care-related outcomes following Alexander Technique lessons for people with chronic neck pain in the ATLAS randomised, controlled trial
Conclusions Alexander Technique lessons led to long-term improvements in the way participants lived their daily lives and managed their neck pain. Alexander lessons promote self-efficacy and self-care, with consequent reductions in chronic neck pain. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 12, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

The importance of differentiating the three modalities of Tai Chi Chuan practice in clinical trials – A Critical Review
Conclusion The current reviews being written on the subject of TCC indiscriminately mix in their analyses the effects of the forms associated with the different modalities and thus contribute to maintaining a partial and confused vision of the scope and potential benefits offered by this activity. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 11, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Gua Sha therapy for treating perimenopausal syndrome: Protocol for a systematic review
Publication date: Available online 7 November 2017 Source:European Journal of Integrative Medicine Author(s): Guang-yong Cai, Qing-wei Chen, Li-hong Lin, Zou-ying Yao Introduction Gua Sha therapy is widely used in East Asia to manage the patients with perimenopausal syndrome. The purpose of this systematic review is to evaluate the available evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of Gua Sha therapy for treating patients with perimenopausal syndrome. Methods The following databases will be searched from their inception until March 2017: PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and four ...
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 9, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effect of inhalation of isomers, (+)- α-pinene and (+)-β-pinene on human electroencephalographic activity according to gender difference
Conclusion The different EEG activities of these isomers might be due to the different fragrance quality and structural arrangement of the components. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 9, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Health services research as a framework for expanding a whole systems research agenda in complementary and integrative medicine: The example of intestinal permeability
Conclusions CIM practitioners report clinical experience in the management of digestive disorders; their practice wisdom may add new knowledge to the significance of IP within clinical practice and outline testing parameters. Furthermore, the whole system treatment approach used by CIM practitioners may provide insight into new options for the management of IP not known or shared in published literature. Investigating the approaches CIM practitioners use within clinical practice may provide advancements in the clinical understanding of IP and other conditions. Exploring clinical practice may identify new knowledge that may...
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 9, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Muscle testing for lie detection: Grip strength dynamometry is inadequate
Conclusion DMT via hand-held grip strength dynamometry failed to distinguish lies from truth. These results seem to suggest that strength as measured by DMT is not impacted by deceit. A limitation of this study is it is not generalisable to other types or applications of MMT or MRT or to other target conditions. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 4, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Camellia euphlebia flower extract inhibits oleic acid-induced lipid accumulation via reduction of lipogenesis in HepG2 cells
Conclusion These results provided support for the potential preventive effect of Camellia euphlebia flower on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and could partly explain the basis of using Camellia euphlebia for the treatment of fatty liver. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 4, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effect of aquomanual therapy on pain and physical function of patients with chronic musculoskeletal disorders: a pilot study using quantitative and qualitative methods
Conclusions Aquomanual therapy may relieve pain in and increase physical function of patients with chronic musculoskeletal disorders and was received positively. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 2, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Point-of-care application of: ‘Probiotics for people with hepatic encephalopathy’
Publication date: December 2017 Source:European Journal of Integrative Medicine, Volume 16 Author(s): Brian S. Alper, Eric W. Manheimer, Alan Ehrlich (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 2, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Traditional herbal medicines practiced by the ethnic people in Sathyamangalam forests of Western Ghats, India
Conclusion Our study exhibited the importance of plant sources to human welfare which can serve as a key for discovery of potential new drugs. Through the results of our explorative field survey and previous reports, Andrographis alata, Aristolochia bracteolata, Aristolochia tagala, Bulbophylum fuscopurpureum, Canarium strictum, Cinnamomum tamala, Curculigo orchioides, Ipomoea obscura, Mucuna pruriens, Pandanus odoardii and Tylophora asthmatica were investigated pharmacologically, as these plants were frequently used by studied ethnic people. So we suggest that there is a need for more future scientific research on these p...
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 31, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

A structural equation model for pharmacy students ’ acquiring knowledge-based behavior towards complementary and alternative medicine
Conclusions This study contributes to the literature by developing a structural model for acquiring knowledge-based behavior towards CAM. A variation of the AKBC model is available for modelling the behaviors of practicing pharmacists or academicians. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 28, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Changes of brain activity during a functional magnetic resonance imaging stroop task study: Effect of Chinese herbal formula in Alzheimer ’s disease
Conclusions We used an fMRI Stroop task to investigate the brain functional activity changes during the treatment of AD patients by YHD, and we found that YHD could improve brain activity of AD patients. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 28, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

A cross sectional study on complementary and alternative medicine use among a sample of Turkish hospital outpatients with chronic lower back pain
Conclusions The most utilized CAM modality in patients with low back pain was prayer which is classified as a mind-body intervention. Our findings suggest that patients with chronic lower back pain in Turkey tend to use complementary and alternative therapies for pain management. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 28, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Auricular acupuncture versus cognitive behavioural therapy in the discontinuation of hypnotic drug usage, and treatment effects on anxiety, depression and insomnia symptoms − a randomised controlled study
Conclusions Both groups ended/maintained low hypnotic drug consumption post-treatment. Short-term reductions occurred in the AA group in anxiety and depression symptoms and in the CBT-i group regarding insomnia symptoms. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 28, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Use and safety of dietary and herbal supplements among hospitalized patients: What have we learned and what can be learned? —A narrative review
Conclusions Gaps in knowledge regarding DHS include their use by hospitalized patients in developing countries; specific association between comorbidities and DHS use; assessment of actual side effects from DHS; barriers to physician inquiry on DHS use; and DHS documentation. DHS use by inpatients is extensive and involves safety as well as medicolegal considerations. Although much has been learned on this topic, further research is needed on the conduct of both patients and physicians regarding DHS. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 28, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

The journey from an allopathic to natural treatment approach: A scoping review of medical tourism and health systems
Conclusion A robust medical tourism system, if established by integrating natural treatments, T&CM, allopathic treatments, and tourism can achieve the best of all available health treatment systems and contribute to public health. These results provide a useful contribution to the understanding of the trends in medical tourism. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 28, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Efficacy of coenzyme Q10 for the prevention of migraine in women: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study
Conclusion We concluded that CoQ10 supplementation provided in addition to current migraine prophylactic agents, is well tolerated and seems to be efficacious over time. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 13, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Mapping traditional and complementary medicine in Turkey
Conclusion The frequency of T&CM use is high which was a reflection of belief based therapeutic approaches in other words, there is a divide between traditional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine in Turkey, which needs to be separately evaluated. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 11, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effect of Short-Term Hand Reflexology on Anxiety in Patients before Coronary Angiography: A randomized Controlled Trial
Conclusion Hand reflexology alleviated anxiety without any adverse effects on patients before coronary angiography. Therefore, it can be recommended as a non-pharmacological nursing intervention along with other methods to relieve patients’ anxiety. However, future studies with a larger sample size is needed to further examine the efficacy of the hand reflexology intervention on patients’ psychological aspects. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 9, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effects of mood change on self-regulatory skill usage and subsequent impacts on physical activity and eating changes within the weight-loss phase of differing behavioral obesity treatment types: a retrospective cohort study
Conclusion Findings clarified benefits for targeting self-regulation and mood within behavioral weight-loss treatments that go well-beyond typical processes of providing education on desirable behaviors. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Summary of a Cochrane Review: Wendan decoction Traditional Chinese medicine for schizophrenia
Publication date: Available online 29 September 2017 Source:European Journal of Integrative Medicine Author(s): L.Susan Wieland, Nancy Santesso (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 29, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

The reliability and validity of instruments measuring pattern identification in Korean medicine: A systematic review
Conclusions This article examined the reliability and validity of the PI instruments used in Korea and the need to improve the standardisation of PI diagnosis. Almost studies reported the value of internal consistency only. Clinical studies on the application of future questionnaires will be needed in the future. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 29, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Mapping Traditional Complementary Medicine in Turkey
Conclusion The frequency of T&CM use is high which is also a reflection of belief based therapeutic approaches in other words, there is a divide between traditional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine in Turkey, which needs to be separately evaluated. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 23, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Design of virtual reality training program for prevention of falling in the elderly: A pilot study on complex versus balance exercises
Conclusions Our findings demonstrate the superiority of the virtual reality training with a complex exercise program to improve balance and muscle strength in the elderly when compared to the BEVR. As a training for prevention of falling in the elderly, we recommend a virtual reality program including various exercises for strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

The Reliability and Validity of Instruments Measuring Pattern Identification in Korean Medicine: systematic review
Conclusions This article examined the reliability and validity of the PI instruments used in Korea and the need to improve the standardisation of PI diagnosis. Almost studies reported the value of internal consistency only. Clinical studies on the application of future questionnaires will be needed in the future. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 20, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effects of Auricular Acupressure Therapy for Preventing Constipation in Leukemia Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy: Protocol for a Systematic Review
Publication date: Available online 15 September 2017 Source:European Journal of Integrative Medicine Author(s): Xiao-rong Liu, Rana Nicole, Ng-Shin Wong Introduction Auricular acupressure therapy is widely used in East Asia and European to prevent constipation in leukemia patients undergoing chemotherapy. The aim of this systematic review is to evaluate the available evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of auricular acupressure therapy for preventing constipation in leukemia patients undergoing chemotherapy. Methods The following databases will be searched from their inception until May 2017: MEDLINE, CINAHL,...
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 15, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Depressed patients ’ experiences with and perspectives on treatment provided by homeopaths. A qualitative interviews study embedded in a trial
Conclusion This was the first qualitative study of depressed patients’ experiences with treatment provided by homeopaths. Results provide an insight into their experiences with consultations and homeopathic and antidepressant medication, their understanding of the intervention, and the changes in their state of health over time. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 14, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Cupping therapy for migraine: a protocol for a systematic review of controlled trials
Conclusion There have been no systematic reviews of cupping therapy for migraine headaches to date. This systematic review will assess the effectiveness and safeness of cupping therapy for migraine. This systematic review will inform and help healthcare practitioners to treat migraine. It will be disseminated electronically and in print in a peer-reviewed journal. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 14, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Exploring the current working profiles of Nutritional Therapists to inform Curriculum and Professional Development
Conclusion The findings suggest that in the captured population current NT education and professional provision results in clinical practice however there are areas for further development. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 7, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Experiences, perceptions and needs on the education of evidence-based medicine among Korean Medicine college students: a nationwide online survey
Conclusion This first nationwide survey in Korea investigated the experience, perception, and demand for EBM education by KM college students. The importance of EBM education in the KM curriculum needs further improvement and curriculum development based on the students' experiences and perceptions. Additionally, online survey in smartphone environment, which was conducted thorough involvement of student’s representatives seems to be an eligible strategy for the survey of students. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 6, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Are sage, rosemary and lemon balm effective interventions in dementia? A narrative review of the clinical evidence
Conclusions Some clinical evidence supports the benefit of these herbs in dementia intervention. However, methodological heterogeneity and variable trial quality made information synthesis difficult. Further research is required to determine dosage and intervention periods. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 4, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Phytochemical, antimicrobial and antioxidant preliminary screening of a traditional Palestinian medicinal plant, Ononis pubescens L.
Conclusion The current study provides initial data that justify the use and importance of Ononis species in Palestinian folkloric medicine. Our results showed that Ononis pubescens n-hexane fraction has powerful antibacterial bioactivity against Staphylococcus aureus, as well as the acetone, n-hexane and methanol fractions, showed excellent potential against Epidermatophyto flacosum fungi, while the acetone fraction showed the highest antioxidant activity among other fractions. Further investigations are needed to identify and characterize these constituents. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 1, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

In vitro antiplasmodial activity of Withania frutescens —Solanaceae
Conclusion The antiplasmodial activity of W. frutescens may in part be attributed to the presence of polyphenolic and flavonoid compounds. Based on our results, ethyl acetate and butanol leaves fractions could be considered as a promising source for the development of putative antiplasmodial drugs. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 1, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Point-of-care application: ‘Trial of cannabidiol for drug-resistant seizures in the Dravet syndrome’
Publication date: September 2017 Source:European Journal of Integrative Medicine, Volume 14 Author(s): Brian S. Alper, Eric W. Manheimer, Alan Ehrlich (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 1, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Identifying risk factors for bone mass transition states for postmenopausal osteoporosis
Conclusion For the population with a high risk of PMOP, long duration of menopause, height loss, fresh vegetables diet, and TCM symptoms such as soreness and weakness of waist and knees, hair loss and leg pains play important role in early warning. The Markov model could be used for identifying the risk factors for the three-phases of bone mass transition for PMOP. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 1, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

In vitro antiplasmodial activity of Withania frutescens − Solanaceae
Conclusion The antiplasmodial activity of W. frutescens may in part be attributed to the presence of polyphenolic and flavonoid compounds. Based on our results, ethyl acetate and butanol leaves fractions could be considered as a promising source for the development of putative antiplasmodial drugs. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 31, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

The association between metabolic syndrome and body constitution in traditional Chinese medicine
Conclusion Our observations suggest that Yang-deficiency constitution is closely associated with MetS and provide evidence for the hypothesis that an unbalanced constitution is closely related to MetS in terms of occurrence, development, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 27, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

The efficacy and safety stimulating a single acu-point Shenmen (HT 7) for managing insomnia: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials
Conclusions There was insufficient evidence to confirm whether HT7 stimulation could improve insomnia but there are some positive indications which warrant further research. These findings should be interpreted with caution due to the poor reporting and methodological quality of included trials. Keywords: HT7, shenmen, insomnia, acupressure, moxa, systematic review, meta-analysis (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 27, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Acupuncture for chloasma: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Conclusions In summary, this systematic review and meta-analysis suggests that acupuncture might be effective and safe for chloasma. However, there is not enough evidence to draw any definite conclusion due to the low quality of included trials. Future clinical trials with strong methodology should be conducted. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 26, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Integration of traditional and ‘modern’ medicine: Reflections on a visit to DPR Korea
Discussion While DPR Korea is the focus of this piece, more health services research is needed internationally to provide better understanding of what are best practices of integration of traditional and complementary medicine systems with national health systems, and the population health impacts of such integration. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 25, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Association of obesity with anatomical and physical indices related to the radial artery in Korean adults
Conclusion Our study demonstrated that the arterial diameter, PDI, HSEP, and SER were associated with obesity at one or more positions. Our findings suggest that obesity may be considered in arterial pulse diagnosis and anatomical characteristics. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 25, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Animal-assisted therapy used for anxiety disorders in patients with learning disabilities: an observational study
Conclusion Results suggest that there are positive benefits of animal-assisted therapy for individuals with learning disabilities which require confirmation in a randomised controlled trial. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 18, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Point-of-care application of: ‘Trial of Cannabidiol for Drug-Resistant Seizures in the Dravet Syndrome’
Publication date: Available online 15 August 2017 Source:European Journal of Integrative Medicine Author(s): Brian S. Alper, Eric W. Manheimer, Alan Ehrlich (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 17, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Student acupuncturists: Career choice and views on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
Conclusions This study identified factors that influenced both Chinese and non-Chinese individuals to study TCM. Student practitioners believed in the effectiveness of acupuncture and other TCM treatment modalities. Acupuncture was perceived to provide a holistic approach to health and healing, taking into account both physical and emotional states. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 17, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Ethnomedicinal survey of medicinal plants of Chinglai valley, Buner district, Pakistan
Conclusion The different plant species used by the local people in large numbers for medicinal purposes indicated that Chinglai valley is wealthy in medicinal flora and allied traditional knowledge. This shows that the indigenous people still rely on therapeutic plants for their healthcare needs, and therapeutic plants are the chief source for plants-based medicines for the inhabitants of the study area. This work can be used as base for future ethnomedicinal and/or ethnopharmacological studies. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 11, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Identifying Risk Factors of Bone Mass States Transition for Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
CONCLUSION For the population with high risk of PMOP, long duration of menopause, height loss, fresh vegetables diet, and TCM symptoms such as soreness and weakness of waist and knees, hair loss and leg pains play important role in early warning. Markov model could be used for identifying risk factors of three-phase bone mass states transition for PMOP. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 10, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

The benefit/risk balance of subcutaneous injections as used in homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine: a narrative literature review
Conclusion The results justify a more positive attitude from regulatory authorities towards the use of this ROA and towards ampoules prescribing doctors. However, given the small number of good studies on this topic, more research on the favourable and unfavourable effects, the uncertainties of these effects and the conceptualization of the working mechanism of the subcutaneous ROA is indicated. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - July 29, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

A Double-Blind, Randomized, Saline-Controlled Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Co-Administered Intra-articular Injections of Tr14 and Ze14 for Treatment of Painful Osteoarthritis of the Knee: the MOZArT trial
Conclusion In this study, intra-articular Tr14/Ze14 provided significant pain relief compared to saline-control throughout the observation period. Treatment effect sizes were clinically relevant, since these were comparable to those reported for standard-of-care treatments. The safety profile was benign. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - July 29, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

What do people with hypertension use to reduce blood pressure in addition to conventional medication – is this related to adherence?
Conclusions Patients reported high adherence to their use of conventional medication. The most important problem was "forgetting" in low adherent patients and they mainly used lemon, garlic, and yoghourt at times of sudden blood pressure elevations. Physicians should inform the patients who struggle with hypertension about the risk of nonadherence which can result in serious mortality and morbidity. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - July 20, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

The relationship between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and body composition in Croatian university students
Conclusions Higher adherence to the MD shows beneficial effects in body composition parameters in university students. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - July 14, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research