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Clinical research

Edited by Holger Cramer, Jianping Liu and Karen Pilkington

This section covers research reporting clinical applications of interventions or resources in the complementary medicine field, including the evaluation of the efficacy and safety of the therapies, clinical trials and systematic reviews/meta-analysis.

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  1. Mistletoe (Viscum album L.) extracts are widely used in complementary cancer therapy. Aim of this study was to evaluate safety and efficacy of a standardized mistletoe extract (abnobaVISCUM® Quercus, aVQ) in p...

    Authors: Kab-Choong Kim, Jeong-Hwan Yook, Jürgen Eisenbraun, Byung-Sik Kim and Roman Huber

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:172

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Difficulty in controlling attention can lead to mental fatigue in the healthy population. We identified one trial reporting a benefit in patients’ attention using a homeopathic formula preparation. One compone...

    Authors: Michael Emmans Dean, Raj Karsandas, J Martin Bland, Debbie Gooch and Hugh MacPherson

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:167

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is frequently used for pain conditions. While systematic reviews on MBSR for chronic pain have been conducted, there are no reviews for specific pain conditions. There...

    Authors: Holger Cramer, Heidemarie Haller, Romy Lauche and Gustav Dobos

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:162

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Despite the growing popularity of massage, its effectiveness for treating neck pain remains unclear, largely because of the poor quality of research. A major deficiency of previous studies has been their use o...

    Authors: Karen J Sherman, Andrea J Cook, Janet R Kahn, Rene J Hawkes, Robert D Wellman and Daniel C Cherkin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:158

    Content type: Study protocol

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  5. Common cold is caused by a variety of respiratory viruses. The prevalence in children is high, and it potentially contributes to significant morbidity. Iota-carragenan, a polymer derived from red seaweed, has ...

    Authors: Tamas Fazekas, Philipp Eickhoff, Nathalie Pruckner, Georg Vollnhofer, Gustav Fischmeister, Christopher Diakos, Margit Rauch, Maria Verdianz, Andreas Zoubek, Helmut Gadner and Thomas Lion

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:147

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Despite high levels of clinically significant persistent cancer related fatigue in breast cancer survivors few treatments are currently available and most pose a significant burden on the part of the woman. Ac...

    Authors: Suzanna Maria Zick, Gwen Karilyn Wyatt, Susan Lynn Murphy, J Todd Arnedt, Ananda Sen and Richard Edmund Harris

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:132

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. In the field of acupuncture research, the topic of acupoint specificity has received increasing attention, but no unified conclusion has been reached on whether or not acupoint specificity exists. Furthermore,...

    Authors: Jie Yang, Fang Zeng, Yue Feng, Li Fang, Wei Qin, Xuguang Liu, Wenzhong Song, Hongjun Xie, Ji Chen and Fanrong Liang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:123

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has frequently been used to treat tinnitus, and acupuncture is a particularly popular option. The objective of this review was to assess the evidence concerning the...

    Authors: Jong-In Kim, Jun-Yong Choi, Dong-Hyo Lee, Tae-Young Choi, Myeong Soo Lee and Edzard Ernst

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:97

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Infection with HIV-1 results in marked immunologic insults and structural damage to the intestinal mucosa, including compromised barrier function. While the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy ...

    Authors: Marco Schunter, Hiutung Chu, Timothy L Hayes, Delandy McConnell, Sean S Crawford, Paul A Luciw, Stig Bengmark, David M Asmuth, Jennifer Brown, Charles L Bevins, Barbara L Shacklett and J William Critchfield

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:84

    Content type: Research article

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