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Cadernos De Saúde Pública

The virtues attributed to complementary therapies such as holistic and patient-centered approaches and stimulus for self-healing have been increasingly valued and could theoretically attenuate the current prevailing excessive social medicalization. Among such therapies, acupuncture has been highlighted due to its progressive institutionalization and acceptance.

Author(s): 
Silva, Emiliana Domingues Cunha da
Tesser, Charles Dalcanale
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Although traditional medicine (TM) in South Korea is included in the national health care system, it is considered complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and not mainstream medicine. Therefore, the lack of statistical data regarding the usage and adverse experiences of traditional Korean medicine (TKM) makes difficult to understand the current status of TM. In this study, we aimed to report usage patterns and adverse experiences on TKM targeting consumers in South Korea.

Author(s): 
Shin, Hyeun-Kyoo
Jeong, Soo-Jin
Huang, Dae Sun
Kang, Byoung-Kab
Lee, Myeong Soo
Publication Title: 
Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

PURPOSE: Acupuncture is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modality that shows promise as a component of supportive breast cancer care. Lack of robust recruitment for clinical trial entry has limited the evidence base for acupuncture as a treatment modality among breast cancer survivors. The objective of this study is to identify key decision-making factors among breast cancer survivors considering entry into an acupuncture clinical trial for treatment of symptoms.

Author(s): 
Schapira, Marilyn M.
Mackenzie, Elizabeth R.
Lam, Regina
Casarett, David
Seluzicki, Christina M.
Barg, Frances K.
Mao, Jun J.
Publication Title: 
The New England Journal of Medicine
Author(s): 
Yoo, Han-Gyul
Yoo, Wan-Hee
Publication Title: 
Hong Kong Medical Journal = Xianggang Yi Xue Za Zhi / Hong Kong Academy of Medicine

1. Electroacupuncture at acupoints of Zusanli, Sanyinjiao, Hegu, and Zhigou is more effective than no acupuncture and sham acupuncture in stimulating early return of bowel function and reducing analgesic requirement after laparoscopic colorectal surgery. 2. Electroacupuncture is more effective than no acupuncture in reducing the duration of hospital stay. 3. Receipt of electroacupuncture is an independent predictor of shorter duration of ileus and hospital stay after laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

Author(s): 
Ng, S. S. M.
Leung, W. W.
Hon, S. S. F.
Li, J. C. M.
Wong, C. Y. N.
Lee, J. F. Y.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To compare the curative effects of heat-sensitive moxibustion with conventional drugs on chronic persistent asthma and seek a valuable therapy to replace Western Medicine. METHODS: The participants in this multi-center, randomized, and controlled study were randomly divided into two groups: group A (n=144), treated with heat-sensitive moxibustion (50 sessions) and group B (n=144), treated with Seretide (salmeterol 50 plg/fluticasone 250 pg, twice a day).

Author(s): 
Chen, Rixin
Chen, Mingren
Xiong, Jun
Chi, Zhenhai
Zhang, Bo
Tian, Ning
Xu, Zhenhua
Zhang, Tangfa
Li, Wanyao
Zhang, Wei
Rong, Xiaofeng
Wang, Zhen
Sun, Gang
Ge, Baohe
Yu, Guoxiong
Song, Nanchang
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Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To observe the influence of moxibustion temperature on blood lipids, endothelin-1 (ET-1), nitric oxide (NO), and ET-1/NO in hyperlipidemia patients. METHODS: Forty-two primary hyperlipidemia patients were randomly divided into two groups of 21 and treated with moxibustion at different temperatures. Moxibustion was performed with the moxa roll 2.5-3.0 cm from the skin in the treatment group and 4 cm in the control group, 10 min per point, once every other day. Skin temperature was precisely measured with a thermometer during moxibustion.

Author(s): 
Ye, Xianfeng
Zhang, Huifang
Publication Title: 
Journal of Hematology & Oncology

BACKGROUND: This single-arm study evaluated feasibility, safety, and initial efficacy of electroacupuncture for thalidomide/bortezomib-induced peripheral neuropathy (PN) in cancer patients with multiple myeloma. METHODS: Patients with neuropathy ≥ grade 2 received 20 acupuncture treatments over 9 weeks. RESULTS: For the 19 evaluable patients, Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy/Gynecological Oncology Group-Neurotoxicity (FACT/GOG/NTX) mean (SD) scores improved significantly between baseline and week 13 (20.8 [9.6] vs 13.2 [8.5], p = 0.0002).

Author(s): 
Garcia, M. Kay
Cohen, Lorenzo
Guo, Ying
Zhou, Yuhong
You, Bing
Chiang, Joseph
Orlowski, Robert Z.
Weber, Donna
Shah, Jatin
Alexanian, Raymond
Thomas, Sheeba
Romaguera, Jorge
Zhang, Liang
Badillo, Maria
Chen, Yiming
Wei, Qi
Lee, Richard
Delasalle, Kay
Green, Vivian
Wang, Michael

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