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Evolution of the integrative health care literature in the CAM field—a bibliometric analysis
Ania Kania,Isabelle Gaboury,Marja Verhoef
International Journal of Integrated Care , 2009,
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Dermatology
Bilal Do?an,?zlem Karabudak Abuaf,Ercan Karabacak
Turkderm , 2012,
Abstract: Alternative medicine is defined as the methods used independently or instead of conventional medicine, but the complementary medicine is mainly used to describe methods used in conjunction with or to comlement the conventional medical therapies.It is known by many of dermatologists that a lot of patients with dermatological problems try to use complementary and alternative medical methods because of having no cure with the conventional medical treatments. Complementary and alternative medical condition in our country was analysed and the recipe suggestions were discussed in this review.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by african american (AA) and caucasian american (CA) older adults in a rural setting: a descriptive, comparative study
Norma Cuellar, Teresa Aycock, Bridgett Cahill, Julie Ford
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine , 2003, DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-3-8
Abstract: The design was a descriptive, comparative study of 183 elders who reported the number of CAM used and satisfaction with CAM. A convenience sample was recruited through community service organizations in the state of Mississippi. The availability of elders through the support groups, sampling bias, subject effect, and self-report were limitations of the study.The commonest examples of CAM used by rural elders were prayer, vitamins, exercise, meditation, herbs, chiropractic medicine, glucosamine, and music therapy. Significant findings on SES and marital status were calculated. Differences on ethnicity and demographic variables were significant for age, education, and the use of glucosamine.Health care providers must be aware that elders are using CAM and are satisfied with their use. Identifying different uses of CAM by ethnicity is important for health care practitioners, impacting how health care is provided.An increasing number of people are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). According to recent studies, 42.1 % of the American population uses some form of CAM, with 39% of the older population using CAM [1,2]. In 1997, total spending on CAM was estimated at $32.7 billion dollars, up from $22.6 billion in 1990, a substantial increase that indicates an escalating portion of the population is seeking CAM [2]. Patients may choose to use CAM as a substitute or in conjunction with conventional medicine for a variety of reasons, including 1) dissatisfaction with health care providers and medical outcomes, 2) side effects of drugs or treatments, 3) high health costs (specifically medications), 4) lack of control in their own health care practices, and 5) impersonal and technological health care [3-5].In reviewing the literature, research studies have not reported on CAM use among rural residents, older adults in culturally diverse groups. In rural settings, limited access to medical care often leads to late diagnosis, postponement of treatment, and greater
Homeopathy in parasitic diseases
Denise Lessa Aleixo,Leoni Vilano Bonamin,Silvana Marques de Araujo
International Journal of High Dilution Research , 2012,
Abstract: Introduction: The use of homeopathic medicines has increased, once traditional medicines sometimes do not produce the desired effects and because side effects sometimes compromise the treatment. In recent years, research on homeopathy has clearly developed, both in the implementation of more consistent methodologies and in the description of the data and published methods, improvement are still required in these matters. The acknowledgment of homeopathy depends on the credibility of the groups researching this topic Objective: list and criticize articles highlighting main effects, schedule of treatment and potencies used in different animals models. Material and Methods: A review of articles published since 2000 in journals indexed in the PubMed/Scielo databases was performed. Keywords used were parasitosis/homeopathy and parasitosis/ultra-diluted, in English and Portuguese. Specialized journals such as Homeopathy, International Journal of High Dilution Research, and Brazilian Homeopathic Journal were also used. The contents of each issue of these journals were examined for the "Use of highly diluted medication in parasitic infections." Results and Discussion: Thirty nine papers have been gathered. The methodology of the articles surveyed did not meet the requirements listed in the REHBaR[1]. Thirty seven reports have shown the benefits/effects of highly diluted medicine in the treatment of infectious diseases. In models where experimental conditions are carefully controlled, the conclusions follow the same pattern as those observed in the treatment of farm animals, where, even without completely controlled conditions, clinical result is positive. In fourteen reports using the same model, eight where animals were treated in a constant and prolonged way shown a better result, compared with six reports in which animals were treated for a short period of time, receiving a single daily dose. Several authors have conducted clinical trials using commercial formulas, which do not always provide their composition and/or dynamization, making it difficult to reproducing the experiment. In some of the articles, it was not mentioned if the experiments were repeated at least twice. Conclusions: In parasitic infections, the effect of homeopathic medications is still controversial, and the experimental parameters for evaluation shoud be carefully chosen to avoid isolated analyses of data. Researchers should consider results regarding environmental and sanitary conditions of the animal as a whole. The improvement of techniques and expansion of knowledge about highly di
The use of complementary and alternative medicine for patients with traumatic brain injury in Taiwan
Gau Bih-Shya,Yang Hsiao-Ling,Huang Sheng-Jean,Lou Meei-Fang
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine , 2012, DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-12-211
Abstract: Background The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) continues to increase in Taiwan. This study examined the use of CAM and beliefs about CAM as expressed by patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Taiwan. Methods TBI patients and their accompanying relatives were interviewed by using a structured questionnaire at an outpatient clinic in a medical center in northern Taiwan. Results A total of 101 patients with TBI participated in the study. Sixty-four (63%) patients had used at least one form of CAM after sustaining TBI. CAM users had used an average of 2.72 forms of CAM after sustaining TBI. The most frequently used CAM category was traditional Chinese medicine (37; 57.8%), followed by folk and religious therapies (30; 46.9%), and dietary supplements (30; 46.9%). The majority of the patients (45; 70.3%) did not report CAM use because they felt it was unnecessary to do so. Patients who used CAM had a significantly stronger positive belief in CAM than those who did not (t = 2.72; P = .008). After using CAM, most of the patients (54; 85%) perceived moderate satisfaction (2.89 ± 0.44), according to a 4-point Likert scale. Conclusion Although the use of CAM is common for TBI patients receiving conventional medical health care in Taiwan, most patients did not inform health care personnel about their CAM use. TBI patients perceive combined use of CAM and conventional medicine as beneficial for their overall health.
Natural Products in Epilepsy—the Present Situation and Perspectives for the Future
Dana Ekstein,Steven C. Schachter
Pharmaceuticals , 2010, DOI: 10.3390/ph3051426
Abstract: More efficacious and better tolerated treatments for epilepsy are clearly needed. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has a long history of use in certain parts of the world and has gained increasing interest over the last decades in Western countries. In countries with a Western-based type of medical system, people with epilepsy (PWE) take natural products or engage in other forms of CAM mainly to enhance general health, but also to prevent seizures or to alleviate symptoms of comorbidities or side effects of antiepileptic medications. In other countries, well developed medical systems, such as traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, are often the basis for treating PWE. Based on anecdotal reports of efficacy in PWE, natural products from these and other traditions are increasingly being studied in animal models of epilepsy, and candidates for further clinical development have been identified. It is likely, therefore, that natural products will be further evaluated for safety, tolerability and efficacy in PWE with drug-resistant seizures.
EFFICACY STUDIES ON EFFECT OF COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE MEDICINAL FORMULATION ON BIOMARKERS AND IMMUNE FUNCTIONING OF HIV/AIDS PATIENTS
M. Hemanth kumar,R. Vidyanath,M. Ramana Rao
International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy , 2011,
Abstract: AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency Syndrome) is characterised by infection with HIV (Human immune deficiency virus) which leads to collapse of immune system. Although highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has contributed significantly to lowering morbidity and mortality from AIDS, antiretroviral drugs do not fully restore the immune system and patients often fail multi-drug treatment. Hence there is a need for alternative /complementary medicine (CAM) that can restore an immune system ravaged by HIV/AIDS. The present study was undertaken to study the efficacy of Ayurvedic formulation MIRACLE TM, made from extracts of Swertia Chirayita, and other plants like Asparagus racemosus, Picrorhiza kurroa, and Vitamin E Composition in HIV/AIDS infected male adults unresponsive to HAART.
The Indigenous Healing Tradition in Calabria, Italy
Stanley K rippner,Ashwin Budden,Roberto Gallante,Michael Bova
International Journal of Transpersonal Studies , 2011,
Abstract: In 2003, the four of us spent several weeks in Calabria, Italy. We interviewed local people about folk healing remedies, attended a Feast Day honoring St. Cosma and St. Damian, and paid two visitsto the Shrine of Madonna dello Scoglio, where we interviewed its founder, Fratel Cosimo. In this essay, we have provided our impressions of Calabria and the ways in which its native people havedeveloped indigenous practices and beliefs around medicine and healing. Although it is one of the poorest areas in Italy, Calabria is one of the richest in its folk traditions and alternative modes ofhealing. Combining personal experiences and theoretical knowledge, this paper aims at illuminating how these practices, though indigenous and primal, still continue to serve a meaningful and powerful purpose for the inhabitants of Calabria.
Reasons for use of complementary and alternative medicine in cancer patients
Hanife ?Z?EL?K,?i?ek FADILO?LU
Turkish Journal of Oncology , 2009,
Abstract: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. However, prevalence of CAM use is increasing in both cancer patients and the general population. Many cancer patients use CAM to provide treatment or cure, support treatment or cure, prevent cancer and recurrence, as a substitute for conventional treatment, and as a last resort in combination with conventional medicine. The purpose of this review was to provide information regarding the reasons for CAM use in cancer patients and the associated factors.
A focus Group Study of Medical Students’ Views of an Integrated Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Curriculum: Students Teaching Teachers
Désirée Lie, M.D,Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D,Sarah Pardee, BA,Wadie Najm, M.D., MSEd.
Medical Education Online , 2008,
Abstract: Background: Student views of new curricula can shape training outcomes. This qualitative study elicited student opinions of CAM instruction to examine and distill best strategies.Methods: 49 second, third and fourth year students participated in focus groups using a predefined question route. Interviews were audio taped and transcribed.Results: Students successfully differentiated CAM curricula from other academic content and were supportive of a longitudinal integrated approach. They had positive disposition toward CAM use for themselves but this did not necessarily translate into patient recommendations. They agreed that goals of the CAM curriculum should center on awareness of patient use and evidence and information relevant to clinical practice. They advocated a case-based, hands-on, experiential strategy vs lectures. Students proposed greater institutional commitment to strengthen curricular effectiveness. The majority did not intend to practice CAM modalities but valued skills to assess them. Patient-centeredness was recognized. As training progressed, students exhibited a growing tendency to evaluate CAM efficacy, and therefore value, exclusively according to evidence.Conclusions: In-depth student input allowed examination of the effectiveness of a CAM curriculum,permitting improvement and assessment of program effectiveness.
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