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Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica
TLDR
The therapeutic use of herbs and herbal medicines in the world s great traditional medical systems is guided by the principles and precepts of that system, generally speaking the standardized applications of chinese herbs began since the publishing of shang han lun.
Long-Term Trends in the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies in the United States
TLDR
In the absence of prospective data, which do not exist, the results represent, to the knowledge, the most accurate information currently available on U.S. trends in CAM therapy use over the past half-century.
Biological, clinical, and ethical advances of placebo effects
TLDR
Promotion and integration of laboratory and clinical research will allow advances in the ethical use of placebo mechanisms that are inherent in routine clinical care, and encourage the use of treatments that stimulate placebo effects.
Perceptions about Complementary Therapies Relative to Conventional Therapies among Adults Who Use Both: Results from a National Survey
TLDR
1997 national survey data on respondents' perceptions about use and nondisclosure of CAM therapies relative to conventional medical care is summarized.
The Placebo Effect in Alternative Medicine: Can the Performance of a Healing Ritual Have Clinical Significance?
  • T. Kaptchuk
  • Medicine
    Annals of Internal Medicine
  • 4 June 2002
TLDR
The neglected clinical significance of the placebo effect in alternative medicine is examined and the possibility that some types of unconventional medicine may produce placebo outcomes that are dramatic and, from the patient's perspective, especially compelling is raised.
Placebos without Deception: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
TLDR
Whether open-label placebo is superior to a no-treatment control with matched patient-provider interactions in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is tested and placebos administered without deception may be an effective treatment for IBS.
The Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding Chinese Medicine
TLDR
Oriental medicine is studied in a remarkably rational analysis of both its strengths and weaknesses, with a clear understanding of its role in modern medicine.
Systematic review of herbs and dietary supplements for glycemic control in diabetes.
TLDR
There is still insufficient evidence to draw definitive conclusions about the efficacy of individual herbs and supplements for diabetes; however, they appear to be generally safe.
Acupuncture: Theory, Efficacy, and Practice
  • T. Kaptchuk
  • Medicine
    Annals of Internal Medicine
  • 5 March 2002
TLDR
The historical and theoretical framework of acupuncture, the scientific evidence for its claims to effectiveness, and its safety profile are reviewed, and the provision of acupuncture therapy is discussed.
Randomized trial comparing traditional Chinese medical acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and self-care education for chronic low back pain.
TLDR
Therapeutic massage was effective for persistent low back pain, apparently providing long-lasting benefits and might be an effective alternative to conventional medical care for persistent back pain.
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