Complementary therapies for the treatment of HIV: in search of the evidence
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Complementary therapies for the treatment of HIV
Abstract: 

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widespread. Yet, little is known about the evidence supporting its use in HIV/AIDS. We conducted a systematic review of randomized clinical trials assessing the effectiveness of complementary therapies for HIV and HIV-related symptoms. Comprehensive literature searches were performed of seven electronic databases. Data were abstracted independently by two reviewers. Thirty trials met our predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria: 18 trials were of stress management; five of Natural Health Products; four of massage/therapeutic touch; one of acupuncture; two of homeopathy. The trials were published between 1989 and 2003. Most trials were small and of limited methodological rigour. The results suggest that stress management may prove to be an effective way to increase the quality of life. For all other treatments, data are insufficient for demonstrating effectiveness. Despite the widespread use of CAM by people living with HIV/AIDS, the effectiveness of these therapies has not been established. Vis à vis CAM's popularity, the paucity of clinical trials and their low methodological quality are concerning.

Author(s): 
Mills, Edward
Wu, Ping
Ernst, Edzard
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
International journal of STD & AIDS
Journal Abbreviation: 
Int J STD AIDS
Publication Date: 
2005-06
Publication Year: 
2005
Pages: 
395-403
Volume: 
16
Issue: 
6
ISSN: 
0956-4624
DOI: 
10.1258/0956462054093962
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 15969772

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Edward Mills, Ping Wu and Edzard Ernst. 2005-06. "Complementary therapies for the treatment of HIV: in search of the evidence." International journal of STD & AIDS 16: 6: 395-403. 10.1258/0956462054093962.

Wikipedia Citation

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