Summarized research from NAFKAM

NAFKAM aims to summarize knowledge from research in several areas:

  • The prevalence and prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
  • The safety of CAM
  • Effects/ efficacy of CAM
  • Shortcomings in the research literature on CAM
  • The patient's preferences, experiences and other aspects concerning the use of CAM

Here is a chronological overview of published systematic reviews, where NAFKAM researchers have contributed:

  1. Lee HW, Lee MS, Kim TH, Alraek T, Zaslawski C, Kim JW, Moon DG. Ginseng for Erectile Dysfunction: A Cochrane Systematic Review. World J Mens Health. 2021 Jun 15. doi: 10.5534/wjmh.210071
  2. Lee HW, Lee MS, Kim TH, Alraek T, Zaslawski C, Kim JW, Moon DG. Ginseng for erectile dysfunction. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2021 Apr 19;4(4):CD012654. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012654.pub2
  3. Jong M, Lown EA, Schats W, Mills ML, Otto HR, Gabrielsen LE, Jong MC. A scoping review to map the concept, content, and outcome of wilderness programs for childhood cancer survivors. PLoS One. 2021 Jan 6;16(1):e0243908. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0243908. 
  4. Stub T, Kristoffersen AE, Overvåg G, Jong MC, Musial F, Liu J. Adverse effects in homeopathy. A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. 2020
  5. Bu FL, Han M, Lu CL, Liu XH, Wang WG, Lai JL, Qiu XH, He BX, Zhang H, Robinson N, Fei YT, Liu JP. A systematic review of Tuina for irritable bowel syndrome: Recommendations for future trials. Complement Ther Med. 2020 Aug;52:102504. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2020.102504. Epub 2020 Jul 13. PMID: 32951752.
  6. Liang SB, Lai BY, Cao HJ, Cai QH, Bai X, Li J, Zhang YP, Chi Y, Robinson N, Liu JP. Pediatric tuina for the treatment of anorexia in children under 14 years: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Complement Ther Med. 2020 Jun;51:102411. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2020.102411. Epub 2020 Apr 28. PMID: 32507428.
  7. Stub T, Kristoffersen AE, Overvåg G, Jong MC. An integrative review on the information and communication needs of parents of children with cancer regarding the use of complementary and alternative medicine. BMC Complement Med Ther. 2020 Mar 17;20(1):90. doi: 10.1186/s12906-020-02882-y. PMID: 32183808; PMCID: PMC7079450.
  8. Liang S, Liang, Yang, Li, Tian, Robinson N, Liu J. Clinical effects and safety of Compound Glutamine Entersoluble Capsules for diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 2019;32:1-7
  9. Lu, C-L, Lui, X-H, Stub, T, Kristoffersen, AE, Liang, SB, Wang, X, Liu, J-P (2018). Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of atopic eczema in children under 14 years old: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 18:260. doi:
  10. Yang, X-Y, Wang, L-Q, Li, J-G, Liang, N, Wang, Y & Liu, J-P (2018). Chinese herbal medicine Dengzhan Shengmai capsule as adjunctive treatment for ischemic stroke: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 36, 82-89. doi:
  11. Li JG, Wang LQ, Yang XY, Chen Z, Lai LYW, Xu H, Liu JP. Chinese herbal medicine Dengzhan Xixin injection for acute ischemic stroke: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Complement Ther Med. 2017 Oct;34:74-85. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2017.08.004.
  12. Zhang YJ, Cao HJ, Li XL, Yang XY, Lai BY, Yang GY, Liu JP. Cupping therapy versus acupuncture for pain-related conditions: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials and trial sequential analysis. Chin Med. 2017 Jul 24;12:21. doi: 10.1186/s13020-017-0142-0. PMID: 28770000; PMCID: PMC5525375.
  13. Zhou F, Liang N, Maier M, Liu JP. Sanfu acupoint herbal patching for stable asthma: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Complement Ther Med. 2017 Feb;30:40-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.11.007. Epub 2016 Nov 19. PMID: 28137526; PMCID: PMC5531441.
  14. Hervik JB, Stub T. Adverse effects of non-hormonal pharmacological interventions in breast cancer survivors, suffering from hot flashes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Nov;160(2):223-236. doi: 10.1007/s10549-016-4002-x. Epub 2016 Oct 5. PMID: 27709351; PMCID: PMC5065610.
  15. Stub T, Quandt SA, Arcury TA, Sandberg JC, Kristoffersen AE, Musial F, Salamonsen A. Perception of risk and communication among conventional and complementary health care providers involving cancer patients' use of complementary therapies: a literature review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Sep 8;16(1):353. doi: 10.1186/s12906-016-1326-3. PMID: 27609097; PMCID: PMC5016861.
  16. Sun J, Zhang K, Xiong WJ, Yang GY, Zhang YJ, Wang CC, Lai L, Han M, Ren J, Lewith G, Liu JP. Clinical effects of a standardized Chinese herbal remedy, Qili Qiangxin, as an adjuvant treatment in heart failure: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Jul 11;16:201. doi: 10.1186/s12906-016-1174-1. PMID: 27402016; PMCID: PMC4940829.
  17. Stub T, Musial F, Kristoffersen AA, Alræk T, Liu J. Adverse effects of homeopathy, what do we know? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Complement Ther Med. 2016 Jun;26:146-63. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.03.013. Epub 2016 Mar 26. PMID: 27261996.
  18. Wider B, Pittler MH, Ernst E. Feverfew for preventing migraine. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Apr 20;4(4):CD002286. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD002286.pub3. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 25892430; PMCID: PMC7133498.
  19. Wang YY, Li XX, Liu JP, Luo H, Ma LX, Alraek T. Traditional Chinese medicine for chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Complement Ther Med. 2014 Aug;22(4):826-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.06.004. Epub 2014 Jun 30. PMID: 25146086.
  20. Cao H, Li X, Han M, Liu J. Acupoint stimulation for fibromyalgia: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:362831. doi: 10.1155/2013/362831. Epub 2013 Dec 17. PMID: 24454493; PMCID: PMC3877582.
  21. Stub T, Alræk T, Liu, J. Acupuncture treatment for depression - A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 2011 (3) pp. 259-270.
  22. Alraek T, Lee MS, Choi TY, Cao H, Liu J. Complementary and alternative medicine for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011 Oct 7;11:87. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-11-87
  23. Musial F, Büssing A, Heusser P, Choi KE, Ostermann T. Mindfulness-based stress reduction for integrative cancer care: a summary of evidence. Forsch Komplementmed. 2011;18(4):192-202. doi: 10.1159/000330714. Epub 2011 Aug 8. PMID: 21934319.
  24. Li X, Hu J, Wang X, Zhang H, Liu J. Moxibustion and other acupuncture point stimulation methods to treat breech presentation: a systematic review of clinical trials. Chin Med. 2009 Feb 27;4:4. doi: 10.1186/1749-8546-4-4. PMID: 19245719; PMCID: PMC2663768.
  25. Liu J, Xing J, Fei Y. Green tea (Camellia sinensis) and cancer prevention: a systematic review of randomized trials and epidemiological studies. Chin Med. 2008 Oct 22;3:12. doi: 10.1186/1749-8546-3-12. PMID: 18940008; PMCID: PMC2577676.
  26. Liu J, Zhang J, Shi Y, Grimsgaard S, Alraek T, Fønnebø V. Chinese red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus) for primary hyperlipidemia: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Chin Med. 2006 Nov 23;1:4. doi: 10.1186/1749-8546-1-4. PMID: 17302963; PMCID: PMC1761143.


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