Drugs, Chinese Herbal

Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Conventional treatment for primary dysmenorrhoea (PD) has a failure rate of 20% to 25% and may be contraindicated or not tolerated by some women. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) may be a suitable alternative. OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy and safety of CHM for PD when compared with placebo, no treatment, and other treatment.

Author(s): 
Zhu, X.
Proctor, M.
Bensoussan, A.
Smith, C. A.
Wu, E.
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Seizures are poorly controlled in many people with epilepsy despite adequate current antiepileptic treatments. There is increasing interest in alternative therapies such as acupuncture; however, it remains unclear whether the existing evidence is rigorous enough to support the use of acupuncture. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2006. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in people with epilepsy.

Author(s): 
Cheuk, Daniel K. L.
Wong, Virginia
Publication Title: 
Canadian Family Physician Medecin De Famille Canadien

OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence supporting selected complementary and alternative medicine approaches used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Author(s): 
Shen, Yi-Hao A.
Nahas, Richard
Publication Title: 
Stroke

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: For its current dimensions, stroke represents the world's primary health challenge. In China stroke is the second most common cause of death. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has for many centuries been used, and it is still widely used today in countries of south and east Asia for the treatment of people with stroke. The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate whether complex Traditional Chinese Medicine (cTCM) improves poststroke motor recovery.

Author(s): 
Junhua, Zhang
Menniti-Ippolito, Francesca
Xiumei, Gao
Firenzuoli, Fabio
Boli, Zhang
Massari, Marco
Hongcai, Shang
Yuhong, Huang
Ferrelli, Rita
Limin, Hu
Fauci, Alice
Guerra, Ranieri
Raschetti, Roberto
Publication Title: 
Clinics in Dermatology

The term complementary or alternative medicine encompasses numerous diverse therapeutic concepts, ranging from as herbal medicine, diet with essential fatty acids, and probiotics, to acupuncture. The main focus of these treatment methods is inflammatory skin disease, in particular atopic dermatitis. Although integrative medicine enjoys increasing popularity, particularly in industrialized countries, clinical studies that meet the double-blind, placebo-controlled standard are rare or nonexistent. The aim of this contribution is to provide the various concepts of integrative medicine.

Author(s): 
Boneberger, Susanne
Rupec, Rudolf A.
Ruzicka, Thomas
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to systematically evaluate the effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapy including acupuncture, tu'ina, oral herbal medicine, herbal bathing, and collateral-channels conduct therapy for treating children with cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS: We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on TCM for children with CP.

Author(s): 
Zhang, Yuqing
Liu, Jianping
Wang, Jie
He, Qingyong
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is popular for treatment of fibromyalgia (FM) although there is a lack of comprehensive evaluation of current clinical evidence for TCM's therapeutic effect and safety. OBJECTIVE: To review systematically the beneficial and harmful effects of TCM therapies for FM. METHODS: We searched six English and Chinese electronic databases for randomized clinical trials (RCTs) on TCM for treatment of FM. Two authors extracted data and assessed the trial quality independently.

Author(s): 
Cao, Huijuan
Liu, Jianping
Lewith, George T.
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Endometriosis is a prevalent gynaecological condition, significantly affecting women's lives. Clinical presentations may vary from absence of symptoms to complaints of chronic pelvic pain, most notably dysmenorrhoea. The management of pain in endometriosis is currently inadequate. Acupuncture has been studied in gynaecological disorders but its effectiveness for pain in endometriosis is uncertain. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for pain in endometriosis.

Author(s): 
Zhu, Xiaoshu
Hamilton, Kindreth D.
McNicol, Ewan D.
Publication Title: 
Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

A large number of women will pass through menopause each year. Women in menopausal transition experience a variety of menopausal symptoms. Although hormonal therapy remains the most effective treatment, side effects have been reported by several large studies. An increased number of women seek the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for treating menopausal symptoms.

Author(s): 
Shou, Chong
Li, Justin
Liu, Zitao
Publication Title: 
International Wound Journal

To assess the effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) [Chinese herbal medicine ointment (CHMO), acupuncture and moxibustion] on pressure ulcer. In this study, we searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTER, CBM, CNKI, WAN FANG and VIP for articles published from database inception up to 4 April 2011. We included randomised controlled trials (RCTs), which compared the effects of TCM with other interventions. We assessed the methodological quality of these trials using Cochrane risk of bias criteria.

Author(s): 
Zhang, Qin-hong
Sun, Zhong-ren
Yue, Jin-huan
Ren, Xue
Qiu, Li-Bo
Lv, Xiao-Lin
Du, Wei

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