Treatment Of Lower Back Pain Could Be Improved By Adding Complementary And Alternative Medical Therapy
Nearly 8 of 10 Americans will experience lower back pain at some time in their lives. Persistent low back pain is a common, incapacitating, costly, and a difficult to treat condition. Many patients might benefit significantly from an individualized, multidisciplinary, team-based model of care that includes access to licensed complementary care practitioners (e.g., chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists) in addition to conventional care providers, as demonstrated in a study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article, "A Model of Integrative Care for Low-Back Pain, " is available free online at The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine website.* David M. Eisenberg, MD, and colleagues from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston, MA), Group Health Research Institute (Seattle, WA), and Brown University (Providence, RI), compared conventional therapy alone - defined as "usual care" - to the combination of an integrated program of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies plus usual care.
Australian border officials seized 15 TCMs (traditional Chinese medicines), which researchers from the Murdoch University analyzed to reveal the animal and plant composition by using new DNA sequencing technology. The results, published in PLoS Genetics, showed that some of the analyzed TCM samples contained potentially toxic plant ingredients, allergens, as well as traces of endangered animals. Leading researcher, Dr. Bunce, and a Murdoch University Australian Research Council Future Fellow commented: "TCMs have a long cultural history, but today consumers need to be aware of the legal and health safety issues before adopting them as a treatment option." The 15 TCM samples were seized in powder form, tablets, capsules, flakes, and herbal teas, and were audited using the DNA preserved in the samples.
Exercise which can achieve both cardiovascular function and muscle strength "would be a preferred mode of training for older persons", say investigators Experienced practitioners of Tai Chi, the traditional Chinese mind-body exercise now enjoyed worldwide, have been shown in a study of older subjects to have improved expansion and contraction of arteries according to cardiac pulsation (arterial compliance) and improved knee muscle strength.(1) The findings, say the investigators, of better muscle strength without jeopardising arterial compliance suggest that Tai Chi may well be a suitable exercise for older people to improve both cardiovascular function and body strength. A number of studies, they explain, have shown that strength training to improve muscle function and offset the effects of ageing have also been accompanied by a decline in arterial compliance.
Traditional Chinese Medicines: Deep Sequencing Reveals Undeclared, Potentially Toxic, And Trade-Restricted Ingredients Within 15 Samples
Researchers at Murdoch University have used new DNA sequencing technology to reveal the animal and plant composition of traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs). Some of the TCM samples tested contained potentially toxic plant ingredients, allergens, and traces of endangered animals. "TCMs have a long cultural history, but today consumers need to be aware of the legal and health safety issues before adopting them as a treatment option, " Dr Bunce, research leader and Murdoch University Australian Research Council Future Fellow, said. The 15 TCM samples, seized by Australian border officials, in the form of powders, tablets, capsules, flakes, and herbal teas were audited using the DNA preserved in the samples. The results are published in the journal PLoS Genetics. "In total we found 68 different plant families in the medicines - they are complex mixtures of species, " Dr Bunce said.
Hypnosis can be a highly effective treatment for the bowel disorder IBS. Studies involving a total of 346 patients conducted by researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, showed that hypnotherapy alleviated symptoms in 40 per cent of those affected - and that the improvement is long-term. Around 15 per cent of the Swedish population is thought to suffer from IBS ( irritable bowel syndrome ), symptoms of which include abdominal pain and alteration of bowel habits, as well as abdominal distension and bloating. Those with milder symptoms can be helped through lifestyle advice and some medical treatments, but those with severe symptoms currently lack an effective treatment option. Researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy have now been able to demonstrate that hypnotherapy provides lasting relief, even for severe symptoms.