Latest Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Research and Studies
Recent CAM Research Notes by our Practitioner Members
CAM Research Notes are submitted by our practitioner members and are open to comments by colleagues and the general public. Providing these notes helps our members to share news and research of interest with our community. As these are provided by professional practitioners they often include explanations and proper context to aid the general reader in better understanding the significance of the research.
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Chinese Medicine and acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of menstrual/hormonal, endocrine and fertility issues. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an increasingly common problem affecting approximately 1 in 15 women and can cause fertility problems, menstrual issues as well as complex health issues such as diabetes.
Acupuncture is regularly used for a variety of eye disorders including glaucoma, optic nerve atrophy, macular degeneration and other related issues. A recent meta analysis (looking at a group of studies collectively) was conducted to help establish proper clinical guidelines for the use of acupuncture with optic nerve atrophy. Researchers from the Department of Ophthalmology at the General Hospital of the People's Liberation Army in Beijing recently analyzed
There are a few herbal formulas within Chinese Medicine that are worth their weight in gold. Yin qiao and/or Gan Mao Ling for colds/flus, Bao Ji Wan for food poisioning/acute digestive disturbances, and Yunnan Baiyao for acute ble
Qigong exercise is widely used to aid a variety of health issues with physical, psychological and spiritual benefits. While qigong is hard to generalize about, as there are thousands of different forms and variations of the exercises, it appears from research to hold some fairly clear benefits regardless of which form is practiced. In our center we tend to practice Da Peng Gong and a form called the Tai Chi Dao Yin - both of which are relatively easy to learn and quite effective.
In our clinic, and in clinics around the world, patients often ask "How Does Acupuncture Work?". The truth is we simply do not know, but most are very, very glad it does.... Saying we don't know exactly, however, is very different from saying we have no ideas or no signposts along the way to understanding all of the mechanisms. There are often very reliable and observable changes to the stimulation of various acupuncture points. The problem from a research perspective is there are often many physiological, chemical, horm
Recent Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Synopses
Our monthly research synopses are part of our effort to share current complementary and alternative medicine research with practitioners and the general public. For the most part we try to choose studies which have direct clinical implications for practitioners and are relevant to the publics understanding of our medicine.
The research studies highlighted are drawn from a number of sources and are only a snapshot of what is available in medical journals worldwide. Our research synopses are included in our practitioner email newsletter which has open subscriptions (archives are also available).
Our most recent research synopses are below:
Acupuncture Research and News Feeds
- acupuncture; +17 new citations
- acupuncture; +27 new citations
- It's all in the mind! Or is it? Positive acupuncture responses in patients with dementia: a series of case reports.
- The primo vascular system as a new anatomical system.
- Primo vascular system floating in lymph ducts of rats.
- An Epidemiologic Analysis of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Non-Arthroplasty Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee.
- Usage patterns and adverse experiences in traditional Korean medicine: results of a survey in South Korea.
- Double-blind acupuncture needle: a potential tool to investigate the nature of pain and pleasure.
- Erratum to "Effects of Acupuncture on 1-Chloro-2,4-dinitrochlorobenzene-Induced Atopic Dermatitis"
- Standardized versus Individualized Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
- Does prior acupuncture exposure affect perception of blinded real or sham acupuncture?
Herbal Medicine Research and News Feeds
- Nigella Sativa Concoction Induced Sustained Seroreversion in HIV Patient.
- Basic knowledge about Kampo for neurologists.
- Therapeutic time window and underlying therapeutic mechanism of breviscapine injection against cerebral ischemia / reperfusion injury in rats.
- A Survey of Chinese Medicinal Herbal Treatment for Chemotherapy-Induced Oral Mucositis.
Bodywork Research and News Feeds
- [Cumulative analgesic effects of EA stimulation of sanyinjiao (SP 6) in primary dysmenorrhea patients: a multicenter randomized controlled clinical trial].
- The Historical Development of Deqi Concept from Classics of Traditional Chinese Medicine to Modern Research: Exploitation of the Connotation of Deqi in Chinese Medicine.
- [Quality improvement on acupuncture intervention report: application and perfection of STRICTA].
- Effect of Acupressure on Post-Operative Nausea and Vomiting in Cesarean Section: A Randomised Controlled Trial.
- Effect of ear acupressure on acute postpartum perineal pain: a randomised controlled study.