Massage found helpful for Low Back Pain

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in News | 0 comments

The latest volume of the Annals of Internal Medicine features a randomised controlled trial that compared the effectiveness of two types of massage for chronic low back pain. The trial found that massage may be effective with benefits lasting at least 6 months. Randomization was computer-generated, with centralized allocation concealment. Participants were blinded to massage type but not to assignment to massage versus usual care. Massage therapists were unblinded. The study personnel who assessed outcomes were blinded to treatment...

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Economist Poll Reveals 85% of voting readers think research into Complementary and Alternative Medicine is necessary

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in News | 0 comments

On 21 May The Economist launched a poll with the question “is research into alternative medicine a waste of time?  The accompanying article attempted to paint a rather negative picture of complementary and alternative medicine yet the response of ~ 8000 readers has been overwhelmingly in favour of carrying out research into alternative medicine. And quite right too. With 1 in 4 people in the EU turning regularly to complementary and alternative medicine to either complement their conventional treatment or use it as an alternative, it is...

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42% USA Hospitals now offer CAM

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in News | 0 comments

Patient demand and reports of high patient satisfaction have led to a situation where 42% of hospitals in the USA now offer CAM therapies as complementary treatments to patients undergoing conventional care.

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High intake of white fruit prevents stroke

Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 in News | 0 comments

A recent study seems to indicate that a high intake of white fruits and vegetables may protect against stroke. This is not CAM in the sense of the report supporting any CAM modality but, all CAM practitioners have always advised a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetable as part of a healthy lifestyle along with adequate exercise. This study adds further insight on how fruit can act preventativly in one of the western world’s major chronic diseases. Statins and aspirin daily or an apple and a pear a day? – you make the choice....

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Valerian helpful for menopausal sleep problems

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in News | 0 comments

A new study published in the journal ‘Menopause’ shows the herb valerian to be effective for menopausal women suffering sleep problems. Menopause: September 2011 – Volume 18 – Issue 9 – pp 951-955

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Australian Report finds CAM methods cost effective

Posted by on Dec 7, 2010 in News | 0 comments

A report by the National Institute for Complementary Medicine in Australia has found that four simple CAM interventions can offer cost savings. As part of NICM’s efforts to inform the effective integration of complementary medicine into routine healthcare, the institute commissioned Access Economics to undertake a series of studies assessing the cost effectiveness of selected CAM interventions. Four of the five CAMs assessed were found to be cost effective as alternative or adjunctive treatments for national health priority health conditions...

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CAM an essential part of Australian rural healthcare

Posted by on Nov 30, 2010 in News | 0 comments

CAM practitioners are increasingly forming part of the fabric of primary healthcare in many countries. A recent survey from the University of Queensland in Australia reveals that this is not just a phenomenon taking place in urban conglomerations but also in rural communities.

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Parents want doctors to support CAM use

Posted by on Nov 27, 2010 in News | 0 comments

80% of parents of children attending a gastroenterology clinic believe that doctors should support the use of CAM. Parents revealed they were using various CAM approaches to complement and supplement their child’s conventional treatment. Results:  Sixty-nine percent of the 98 respondents were using or had used CAM (n= 66). Nutritional supplements (n= 37, 56% of CAM users) and probiotics (n= 33, 50%) were most commonly used. Most CAM users sought complementary therapy to help a chronic problem (n= 43, 69.4%) and had been referred by a...

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CAM increasingly used for patients with pain

Posted by on Nov 17, 2010 in News | 0 comments

Complementary and alternative medicine encompasses a wide diversity of therapeutic options that have become increasingly popular treatment modalities for patients with pain, particularly when conventional strategies fail or provide only partial relief. Pain is one of the most prevalent conditions for which patients seek medical attention. Additionally, the number of patients who utilize complementary and alternative medicine as a treatment of pain either in lieu of, or concurrent with, standard conventional treatments continues to grow. While...

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CAM helps cancer patients

Posted by on Oct 7, 2010 in News | 0 comments

New Study Shows CAM Therapies Help Patients With Cancer

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