Traditional Chinese Medicine

Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Although people with haematological malignancies have to endure long phases of therapy and immobility which is known to diminish their physical performance level, the advice to rest and avoid intensive exercises is still common practice. This recommendation is partly due to the severe anaemia and thrombocytopenia from which many patients suffer. The inability to perform activities of daily living restricts them, diminishes their quality of life and can influence medical therapy.

Author(s): 
Bergenthal, Nils
Will, Andrea
Streckmann, Fiona
Wolkewitz, Klaus-Dieter
Monsef, Ina
Engert, Andreas
Elter, Thomas
Skoetz, Nicole
Publication Title: 
Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

PURPOSE: Qigong as a complementary and alternative modality of traditional Chinese medicine is often used by cancer patients to manage their symptoms. The aim of this systematic review is to critically evaluate the effectiveness of qigong exercise in cancer care. METHODS: Thirteen databases were searched from their inceptions through November 2010. All controlled clinical trials of qigong exercise among cancer patients were included. The strength of the evidence was evaluated for all included studies using the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine Levels of Evidence.

Author(s): 
Chan, Cecilia L. W.
Wang, Chong-Wen
Ho, Rainbow T. H.
Ng, Siu-man
Chan, Jessie S. M.
Ziea, Eric T. C.
Wong, Vivian C. W.
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

Scientists have long been interested in measuring external qi (EQ or wai qi) during qigong healing, and have produced a large body of literature over the past 20 years. This paper reviews the major research on measuring EQ in China and tries to help other researchers to get a picture on what has been done so as to eliminate the simple replication of already verified results.

Author(s): 
Chen, Kevin W.
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: In older adults, diminished balance is associated with reduced physical functioning and an increased risk of falling. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2007. OBJECTIVES: To examine the effects of exercise interventions on balance in older people, aged 60 and over, living in the community or in institutional care. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group Specialised Register, CENTRAL (The Cochrane Library 2011, Issue 1), MEDLINE and EMBASE (to February 2011).

Author(s): 
Howe, Tracey E.
Rochester, Lynn
Neil, Fiona
Skelton, Dawn A.
Ballinger, Claire
Publication Title: 
Seminars in Reproductive Medicine

Male factor is a common cause of infertility and the male partner must be systematically evaluated in the workup of every infertile couple. Various Eastern medical strategies have been tried with variable success. This article describes the clinical effects of Eastern medicine approaches including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, yoga, tai chi, and qi gong, which could improve the sperm parameters and motility, genital inflammatory conditions, as well as immune system disorders, sexual dysfunction, and varicocele.

Author(s): 
Hu, Min
Zhang, Yuehui
Ma, Hongli
Ng, Ernest H. Y.
Wu, Xiao-Ke
Publication Title: 
The Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society

BACKGROUND CONTEXT: In 2008, the Neck Pain Task Force (NPTF) recommended exercise for the management of neck pain and whiplash-associated disorders (WAD). However, no evidence was available on the effectiveness of exercise for Grade III neck pain or WAD. Moreover, limited evidence was available to contrast the effectiveness of various types of exercises. PURPOSE: To update the findings of the NPTF on the effectiveness of exercise for the management of neck pain and WAD grades I to III. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Systematic review and best evidence synthesis.

Author(s): 
Southerst, Danielle
Nordin, Margareta C.
Côté, Pierre
Shearer, Heather M.
Varatharajan, Sharanya
Yu, Hainan
Wong, Jessica J.
Sutton, Deborah A.
Randhawa, Kristi A.
van der Velde, Gabrielle M.
Mior, Silvano A.
Carroll, Linda J.
Jacobs, Craig L.
Taylor-Vaisey, Anne L.
Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

Objectives. This systematic overview of reviews aimed to summarize evidence and methodological quality from systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for the fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Methods. The PubMed/MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, and Scopus databases were screened from their inception to Sept 2013 to identify systematic reviews and meta-analyses of CAM interventions for FMS. Methodological quality of reviews was rated using the AMSTAR instrument. Results.

Author(s): 
Lauche, Romy
Cramer, Holger
Häuser, Winfried
Dobos, Gustav
Langhorst, Jost
Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

Objectives. The fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic condition with only few evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies available. This paper presents a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of Qigong for fibromyalgia syndrome. Methods. The PubMed/MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, Embase, PsycINFO, and Cambase databases were screened in December 2012 to identify randomized controlled trials comparing Qigong to control interventions.

Author(s): 
Lauche, Romy
Cramer, Holger
Häuser, Winfried
Dobos, Gustav
Langhorst, Jost
Publication Title: 
American Family Physician

Significant evidence supports the effectiveness and safety of several complementary or integrative treatment approaches to common primary care problems. Acupuncture is effective in the management of chronic low back pain. Mind-body interventions such as cognitive behavior therapy, yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and music therapy may be helpful for treating insomnia. Exercise can reduce anxiety symptoms. Herbal preparations and nutritional supplements can be useful as first-line therapy for certain conditions, such as fish oil for hypertriglyceridemia, St.

Author(s): 
Kligler, Benjamin
Teets, Raymond
Quick, Melissa
Publication Title: 
PloS One

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Several studies assessed the efficacy of traditional Chinese medical exercise in the management of Parkinson's disease (PD), but its role remained controversial. Therefore, the purpose of this systematic review is to evaluate the evidence on the effect of traditional Chinese medical exercise for PD. METHODS: Seven English and Chinese electronic databases, up to October 2014, were searched to identify relevant studies. The PEDro scale was employed to assess the methodological quality of eligible studies. Meta-analysis was performed by RevMan 5.1 software.

Author(s): 
Yang, Yan
Qiu, Wei Qing
Hao, Yan Lei
Lv, Zhan Yun
Jiao, Shu Ji
Teng, Jun Feng

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