Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Nov 15, 2018 Issue
Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain Conditions [POEMs]

Acupuncture, with its meridians, chi, and other concepts that do not seem to line up with anything physiologic, is vexing to most of us who trained in Western medicine. However, this meta-analysis, based on data from almost 21,000 patients, found it to be more effective than no treatment and, to a l...

Aug 1, 2017 Issue
Which Probiotics Should I Take? A Practical Guide for Family Physicians [Editorials]

Find out what requirements should be met to know that you are offering your patients the highest quality probiotics to help prevent and treat disease.

Aug 1, 2017 Issue
Probiotics for Gastrointestinal Conditions: A Summary of the Evidence [Article]

Probiotics are useful for treating a variety of gastrointestinal conditions. Review the conditions with the best supporting evidence for probiotic use, as well which probiotic species are most appropriate.

Jul 1, 2017 Issue
Acupuncture for Migraine Prevention [Cochrane for Clinicians]

There is moderate-quality evidence that whole-body acupuncture is effective for migraine prevention. Compared with usual care, acupuncture is more effective at reducing headache frequency by at least 50% (number needed to treat [NNT] = 4).

Sep 1, 2016 Issue
Complementary/Integrative Therapies That Work: A Review of the Evidence [Article]

Get the latest evidence about acupuncture for chronic low back pain, coenzyme Q10 for heart failure, exercise for anxiety, fish oil for hypertriglyceridemia, Ginkgo biloba extract for dementia, mind-body interventions for insomnia, probiotics for antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and St. John’s wort for depression.

Aug 1, 2016 Issue
Acupuncture for Frequent Tension-Type Headaches [Medicine by the Numbers]

Studies show an NNT of 3 to have at least a 50% reduction of headache frequency compared with routine care. Want to know more?

Jan 15, 2016 Issue
Dietary Supplements: How Family Physicians Can Address Safety Concerns by Working with the FDA [Editorials]

Your patients are likely using some type of dietary supplement, whether they tell you or not. What can a physician do to support and protect patients from harm if they choose to use readily available dietary supplements?

Jan 15, 2016 Issue
A Vietnamese Child with a Rash on the Back [Photo Quiz]

A Vietnamese girl who had been experiencing upper respiratory tract symptoms presented with the sudden appearance of linear erythematous lesions on her back.

Oct 1, 2015 Issue
Probiotics for the Prevention of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections [Medicine by the Numbers]

Studies show that probiotics prevented 1 in 8 upper respiratory tract infections and caused no harms. Find out more.

Nov 15, 2011 Issue
Ginger for the Treatment of Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Ginger can be safely used to reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

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