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Long-Term Trends in the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies in the United States
Community surveys done over the past decade have documented that a substantial proportion of Americans use complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies (14), which have been defined asExpand
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Biological, clinical, and ethical advances of placebo effects
For many years, placebos have been defined by their inert content and their use as controls in clinical trials and treatments in clinical practice. Recent research shows that placebo effects areExpand
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Perceptions about Complementary Therapies Relative to Conventional Therapies among Adults Who Use Both: Results from a National Survey
Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies (also known as integrative or unconventional therapies) have been defined as those interventions neither taught widely at U.S. medical schoolsExpand
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Placebos without Deception: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Background Placebo treatment can significantly influence subjective symptoms. However, it is widely believed that response to placebo requires concealment or deception. We tested whether open-labelExpand
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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
Efficacious therapy, in one biomedical definition, is therapy that has positive effects greater than those of an indistinguishable dummy treatment in a randomized, controlled trial (RCT) (1-3). SuchExpand
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Acupuncture: Theory, Efficacy, and Practice
  • T. Kaptchuk
  • Medicine
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • 5 March 2002
Acupuncture is an important therapy in East Asian medicine (the traditional medicine of China, Japan, and Korea). Treating headache by placing pins in the hands or treating asthma by placing needlesExpand
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Systematic review of herbs and dietary supplements for glycemic control in diabetes.
OBJECTIVE To conduct a systematic review of the published literature on the efficacy and safety of herbal therapies and vitamin/mineral supplements for glucose control in patients with diabetes. Expand
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Randomized trial comparing traditional Chinese medical acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and self-care education for chronic low back pain.
BACKGROUND Because the value of popular forms of alternative care for chronic back pain remains uncertain, we compared the effectiveness of acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and self-care educationExpand
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Components of placebo effect: randomised controlled trial in patients with irritable bowel syndrome
Objective To investigate whether placebo effects can experimentally be separated into the response to three components—assessment and observation, a therapeutic ritual (placebo treatment), and aExpand
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Brain Activity Associated with Expectancy-Enhanced Placebo Analgesia as Measured by Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
In this study, a well established expectancy manipulation model was combined with a novel placebo intervention, a validated sham acupuncture needle, to investigate the brain network involved inExpand
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