The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine amongst Postmenopausal Women Experiencing Vasomotor Symptoms

Wenbo Peng, David Sibbritt, Jon Adams
2015 Integrative Medicine Research  
Integr Med Res ( 2 0 1 5 ) 1-41 36 familiarity with lab techniques that were taught in the course (ELISA, p=0.00004, Flow cytometry, p=0.00005) and terminology (p=0.0001) after completion of the course. Analysis of the average of final grades across all students (n=38) is 3.7 (on a 4.0 scale), suggesting most students mastered the course. Conclusion: Overall, this course did appear to augment the student's familiarity and understanding of basic lab skills, and ability to assess biomedical
more » ... ss biomedical literature. With the development of any new course, there are always challenges and successes, which included mainly time constraints, and addressing skill levels of varied student backgrounds. Students who pursue more in-depth laboratory research projects undergo further one-on-one lab trainings and individual mentorship within the MSiMR program. Purpose: This review discusses the obstacles faced while establishing clinical knowledge of Korean medicine (KM) and the steps taken to overcome these obstacles during clinical documentation of KM over the past 3 years. Methods: To establish a clinical KM documentation process, the advisory committee held two meetings and one symposium in 2012. Two surveys were conducted to seek the clinicians' opinions. Based on the results, clinical KM documentation was continued for 2 years, and solutions to overcome obstacles were identified. Results: Based on the results of the meetings, symposium, and surveys, algorithms based on clinical treatment processes and the generation of knowledge of western and KM are required. An initial evaluation of the developed algorithm was conducted via a peer review process, and data was generated. To maintain documentation consistency, peer reviews were conducted for revision. Although unresolvable problems, such as terminology discrepancy between western and traditional medicine and limited evidence, persist, continuous KM knowledge updating is critical to adapt to medical situations in Korea, which are based on traditional medicine and a lack of sound foundation. Conclusion: Although several unresolved obstacles persist, continuous updates and peer reviews of clinical KM documentation are required to resolve issues via user participation web services. Contact: MIJU SON, mj714@kiom.re.kr http://dx. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility and potential benefits of participating in a Health Qigong program to reduce stress and improve classroom behaviors among children in elementary schools. Methods: A Health Qigong program was led by a school teacher for two months in a classroom setting. A focus group of 30 fourth graders were interviewed and observed to investigate the potential benefits of this Qigong program. Post-effects were evaluated during a writing workshop. Results: More than 85% of the students reported that they felt relaxed, quiet, happy, and good about themselves after participating in the Health Qigong program. The school teacher found students to be calmer and more focused on their writing, too. Conclusion: This pilot study indicates that a Health Qigong program helps invigorate and relax the children in a classroom setting. It can also rejuvenate students in-between the daily, state-mandated, 90-minute writing session. A brief Health Qigong practice may serve as an effective stress reduction technique for children. Purpose: Vasomotor symptoms (VMS), including hot flushes and night sweats, are the most closely associated symptoms of postmenopause. This study is to examine the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) consultations and use of CAM practices by postmenopausal women experiencing hot flushes or night sweats. Methods: This study was conducted as part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH), which consists of three cohorts of women ("young" 18-23, "mid-age" 45-50 and "older" 70-75 years) who were randomly selected from the national Medicare database in 1996. Data for this study were focused on the most recent survey of mid-age cohort women conducted in 2010, involving 6,610 natural postmenopausal women, 2,260 postmenopausal women
doi:10.1016/j.imr.2015.04.375 fatcat:vvgcyofftvhexgrz7wvba4d4dy