Integrative therapies archive

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Study: Placebo or not, acupuncture helps with pain

11 September 2012


Acupuncture gets a thumbs-up for helping relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches and arthritis in a review of more than two dozen studies — the latest analysis of an often-studied therapy that has as many fans as critics.

Source: Yahoo News (Sept 11/12)

Homeopathic treatments are a hard pill for science to swallow

26 June 2011


A popular homeopathic flu remedy boasts that it has no side effects, causes no dangerous drug interactions and won't make you drowsy. But the product also lacks something most people expect to find in their medicine: active ingredients.

Source: LA Times (Jun 15, 2011)

No evidence acupuncture helps stroke patients: study

27 September 2010


Stroke patients who undergo acupuncture as part of their rehabilitation are likely wasting their time, according to a new review study published Monday by the Canadian Medical Association Journal. But instead of putting the debate to rest, the new study raises more questions about the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy – and exposes how difficult it is to determine whether it helps.

Source: The Globe and Mail (Sept 27, 2010)

Research cited in article:
Acupuncture for functional recovery after stroke: a systematic review of sham-controlled randomized clinical trials
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal (Sept 27, 2010)

A Downside to Tai Chi? None That I See

27 September 2010


This article reviews Tai Chi and the many benefits. Several studies of tai chi have found health benefits ranging from better balance and prevention of falls to reduced blood pressure, relief of pain and improved immunity.

Source: The New York Times (Sept 27, 2010)

Chinese herbal medicine for subfertile women with polycystic ovarian syndrome

17 September 2010


Chinese herbal medicines (CHM) have been reported to be an alternative approach for subfertile women with PCOS. Four randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were identified. There is not enough evidence upon which to draw conclusions about the effectiveness and safety of CHM in terms of live birth rate, pregnancy rate, ovulation rate and adverse events in subfertile women with PCOS.

Source: Cochrane Reviews (Sept 2010)

CAM use highly prevalent among patients with thyroid cancer

16 September 2010


More than 80% of patients with thyroid cancer report using some form of complementary and alternative medicine therapy, Boston University Medical Center researchers found. However, for 18% of patients who responded to a survey, their complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use was neither known nor prescribed by their physician, nor did their physician ask about CAM use.

Source: Endocrine Today (Sept 16, 2010)

Dry Needling in the Management of Musculoskeletal Pain

16 September 2010


Myofascial pain is a common syndrome seen by family practitioners worldwide. It can affect up to 10% of the adult population and can account for acute and chronic pain complaints. In this clinical narrative review they have attempted to introduce dry needling, a relatively new method for the management of musculoskeletal pain, to the general medical community. Different methods of dry needling, its effectiveness, and physiologic and adverse effects are discussed. Dry needling is a treatment modality that is minimally invasive, cheap, easy to learn with appropriate training, and carries a low risk. Its effectiveness has been confirmed in numerous studies and 2 comprehensive systematic reviews.

Source: The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Sept 2010)

Massage alters immune response: study

8 September 2010


Getting a massage might alter the body's immune response and lower stress-related hormones, a new U.S. study suggests. The researchers found that the Swedish massages reduced arginine vasopressin, a hormone that causes the stress hormone cortisol to increase. The massages also reduced levels of cortisol itself in the body. Study participants also saw their cytokines — proteins released by stimulated white blood cells when danger is present — decrease, indicating the body did not see itself as under attack during the massage.

Source: CBC News (Sept 8, 2010)

Research cited in article:
A Preliminary Study of the Effects of a Single Session of Swedish Massage on Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal and Immune Function in Normal Individuals
Source: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Sept 1, 2010)

A Randomized Pilot Study of Acupuncture as an Adjunct Therapy in Adult Asthmatic Patients

7 September 2010


Acupuncture as an adjunct therapy to conventional medical care does not seem to affect pulmonary function in asthmatic patients. However, 12 sessions of acupuncture treatment during 4 weeks showed a favorable effect on the quality of life in adult asthmatic patients. Further large trials assessing the effectiveness of acupuncture on the quality of life and symptoms in asthmatic patients are needed.

Source: Journal of Asthma (Sept 2010)

Frequency, type and factors associated with the use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with Parkinson’s disease at a neurological outpatient clinic

7 September 2010


CAM use is rather common among Parkinson's Disease outpatients, with one in three having experience of CAM practices. Badly-perceived health and higher education were factors significantly associated with CAM utilization. A trend for more female CAM users was also seen.

Source: Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (Sept 2010)

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