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Integration into healthcare

Edited by Claudia Witt.

This section covers research related to the health professionals’ attitudes, the economic evaluation and the integration of complementary and alternative therapies into the healthcare services, as well as issues related to medical education and regulation in relation to complementary and alternative medicine.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Neonatal jaundice affects at least 481,000 newborns every year. Phototherapy is recommended but it’s effects are limited and adverse reactions can occur. In China, phototherapy combined with Yinzhihuang oral l...

    Authors: Ruo-han Wu, Shuo Feng, Mei Han, Patrina Caldwell, Shi-gang Liu, Jing Zhang and Jian-ping Liu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:228

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    Although integrative medicine is gaining increasing attention and is claiming more and more its place in modern health care, it still plays a marginal role in conventional maternity care. The present study aim...

    Authors: Nikolas Schürger, Evelyn Klein, Alexander Hapfelmeier, Marion Kiechle and Daniela Paepke

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:187

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    Patients are free to choose conventional or Korean medicine treatment under the dual medical system in Korea, and the prevalence of patients who choose Korean medicine treatment for whiplash-associated disorde...

    Authors: Nohyeon Kim, Byung-Cheul Shin, Joon-Shik Shin, Jinho Lee, Yoon Jae Lee, Me-riong Kim, Eui-Hyoung Hwang, Chan Yung Jung, Diana Ruan and In-Hyuk Ha

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:124

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    Plants used for traditional medicine produce diverse and complex secondary metabolites exhibiting various medicinal properties. The medicinal plant Haplophyllum tuberculatum is used by native people against malar...

    Authors: Assia Hamdi, Joanne Bero, Claire Beaufay, Guido Flamini, Zohra Marzouk, Yvan Vander Heyden and Joelle Quetin-Leclercq

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:60

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    Many complementary therapies offer benefits for patients with cancer. Others may be risky for patients due to negative interactions with conventional treatment and adverse effects. Therefore, cancer patients n...

    Authors: Trine Stub, Sara A. Quandt, Thomas A. Arcury, Joanne C. Sandberg and Agnete E. Kristoffersen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:44

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    Many European citizens are seeking complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). These treatments are regulated very differently in the EU/EFTA countries. This may demonstrate differences in how risk associate...

    Authors: Solveig Wiesener, Anita Salamonsen and Vinjar Fønnebø

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:11

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Integrative health care (IHC) is an innovative approach to health care delivery. There is increasing focus on and demand for the evaluation of IHC practices. To ensure such evaluations capture their full scope...

    Authors: Ania Kania-Richmond and Amy Metcalfe

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:548

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  8. Content type: Research article

    To assess chiropractic (DC) and naturopathic doctors’ (ND) knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour with respect to the pediatric patients in their practice.

    Authors: Antony Porcino, Leslie Solomonian, Stephen Zylich, Brian Gluvic, Chantal Doucet and Sunita Vohra

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:512

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for Chinese medicine (CM) are being developed to assist doctors with appropriate decisions concerning CM care. To date, there has been little investigation on the perspectiv...

    Authors: Mengyu Liu, Chi Zhang, Qinglin Zha, Wei Yang, Ya Yuwen, Linda Zhong, Zhaoxiang Bian, Xuejie Han and Aiping Lu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:451

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) utilization is dramatically increasing among patients. As community pharmacies are a major provider of CAM products, community pharmacists need to have the sufficie...

    Authors: Naser Y. Shraim, Ramzi Shawahna, Muna A. Sorady, Banan M. Aiesh, Ghadeer Sh. Alashqar, Raghad I. Jitan, Waed M. Abu Hanieh, Yasmeen B. Hotari, Waleed M. Sweileh and Sa’ed H. Zyoud

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:429

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    Considering that large variations exist amongst practitioners in lumbar disorder management and the significant costs that lumbar disorders incur, determining clinical practice patterns to provide preliminary ...

    Authors: Yoon Jae Lee, Joon-Shik Shin, Jinho Lee, Me-riong Kim, Yong-jun Ahn, Ye-sle Shin, Ki Byung Park, Byung-Cheul Shin, Myeong Soo Lee, Joo-Hee Kim, Jae-Heung Cho and In-Hyuk Ha

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:425

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Although pharmacists are entrusted to play a role in ensuring the safe and appropriate use of all medicines, in general, the inclusion of complementary medicines (CMs) into their professional practice has not ...

    Authors: Carolina Oi Lam Ung, Joanna Harnett and Hao Hu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:394

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    This article presents findings from qualitative interviews conducted as part of a research study that trained Acupuncture, Massage, and Chiropractic practitioners’ in Arizona, US, to implement evidence-based t...

    Authors: Emery R. Eaves, Amy Howerter, Mark Nichter, Lysbeth Floden, Judith S. Gordon, Cheryl Ritenbaugh and Myra L. Muramoto

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:331

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    Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a combination of herbal medicine, traditional therapies, and mind-body intervention. This descriptive study was designed to assess the knowledge, attitudes, perc...

    Authors: Bijoy Laxmi Saha, Md. Omar Reza Seam, Md. Mainul Islam, Abhijit Das, Sayed Koushik Ahamed, Palash Karmakar, Md. Fokhrul Islam and Sukalyan Kumar Kundu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:314

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  15. Content type: Research article

    This paper reports the profile of the Australian chiropractic workforce and characteristics of chiropractic care from a large nationally-representative sample of practitioners.

    Authors: Jon Adams, Romy Lauche, Wenbo Peng, Amie Steel, Craig Moore, Lyndon G. Amorin-Woods and David Sibbritt

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:14

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  16. Content type: Research article

    There are growing interests in using various methods including traditional and complementary medicines (T&CM) for tobacco control. The study aimed to introduce how traditional Korean medicine (TKM) applied to ...

    Authors: Soobin Jang, Yu Lee Park, Ju Ah Lee, Kyeong Han Kim, Eun-Kyoung Lee, Seung-Ho Sun, Yong-Cheol Shin, Seong-Gyu Ko and Sunju Park

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:494

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is often not disclosed by patients, and can be unfamiliar to health care professionals. This may lead to underuse of beneficial CAM therapies, and overuse of ot...

    Authors: Jeremy Y. Ng, Laurel Liang and Anna R. Gagliardi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:425

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  18. Content type: Research article

    In the present study the antioxidant potential of a methanol extract of Phyllanthus emblica leaves (PELE) was determined by in vitro methods as well as by an in vivo animal model, along with HPLC-DAD screening fo...

    Authors: Irsa Tahir, Muhammad Rashid Khan, Naseer Ali Shah and Maryam Aftab

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:406

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Herb/Dietary Supplements (HDS) are the most popular Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) modality used by cancer patients and the only type which involves the ingestion of substances which may interfer...

    Authors: Saud M. Alsanad, Rachel L. Howard and Elizabeth M. Williamson

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:393

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  20. Content type: Research article

    We developed and disseminated an educational DVD to introduce U.S. Veterans to independently-practiced complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) techniques and encourage CAM experimentation. The project’s g...

    Authors: Rachel Forster Held, Susan Santos, Michelle Marki and Drew Helmer

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:340

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The Bhutanese So-wa-rig-pa medicine (BSM) was integrated with the allopathic (modern) health care system in 1967. Ever since the health care integration policy was implemented, the BSM has gone through many phase...

    Authors: Phurpa Wangchuk and ᅟ Tashi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:283

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Over the past decade there has been growing interest in the use of herbal medicine both in developed and developing countries. Given the high proportion of patients using herbal medicine in Ghana, some health ...

    Authors: Millicent Addai Boateng, Anthony Danso-Appiah, Bernard Kofi Turkson and Britt Pinkowski Tersbøl

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:189

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Drynaria quercifolia L. (Family- Polypodiaceae) is a fern grows in Bangladesh used in traditional healing by the Garo tribe of Mymensingh district. In the current study, rhizomes and f...

    Authors: Farjana Rahman Chaity, Mahbuba Khatun and Mohammad Sharifur Rahman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:184

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Artemisia scoparia is traditionally used in the local system of medicine in kidney disorders. This study aimed at scrutinizing the nephroprotective prospective of A. scoparia methanol ...

    Authors: Moniba Sajid, Muhammad Rashid Khan, Naseer Ali Shah, Shafi Ullah, Tahira Younis, Muhammad Majid, Bushra Ahmad and Dereje Nigussie

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:149

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Medical pluralism has flourished throughout the Western world in spite of efforts to legitimize Western biomedical healthcare as “conventional medicine” and thereby relegate all non-physician-related forms of ...

    Authors: Jeremy Y. Ng, Heather S. Boon, Alison K. Thompson and Cynthia R. Whitehead

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:134

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  26. Content type: Research article

    A variety of people, with multiple perspectives, make up the system comprising chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) treatment. While there are frequently problems in communication and coordination of care within...

    Authors: Lauren S. Penney, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Charles Elder, Jennifer Schneider, Richard A. Deyo and Lynn L. DeBar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:30

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Decision-making during pregnancy regarding different options of care can be difficult, particularly when risks of intervention versus no intervention for mother and baby are unclear. Unbiased information and s...

    Authors: Bettina Berger, Christiane Schwarz and Peter Heusser

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:143

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use has steadily increased globally over the past two decades and is increasingly playing a role in the healthcare system in the United States. CAM practice-based e...

    Authors: Lysbeth Floden, Amy Howerter, Eva Matthews, Mark Nichter, James K Cunningham, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Judith S Gordon and Myra L Muramoto

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:140

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Studies have demonstrated the potential of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program to improve the condition of individuals with health outcomes such as hypertension, diabetes, and chronic pain; i...

    Authors: Sara Wagner Robb, Kelsey Benson, Lauren Middleton, Christine Meyers and James R Hébert

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:24

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Massage therapy (MT) is becoming established as a recognized health care profession in Canada. It has been integrated as a core service in settings such as health spas, private integrative health centers, and ...

    Authors: Ania Kania-Richmond, Barb Findlay Reece, Esther Suter and Marja J Verhoef

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:20

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  31. Content type: Research article

    There is a lack of research on the organisational operations of integrative healthcare (IHC) practices. IHC is a therapeutic strategy integrating conventional and complementary medicine in a shared context to ...

    Authors: Suzanne J Grant and Alan Bensoussan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:410

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Infertility patients are increasingly using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to supplement or replace conventional fertility treatments. The objective of this study was to determine the roles of CA...

    Authors: Erin O’Reilly, Marika Sevigny, Kelley-Anne Sabarre and Karen P Phillips

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:394

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Naturopathy forms an increasingly significant part of the Australian healthcare setting, with high utilisation of naturopaths by the Australian public and a large therapeutic footprint in rural and regional Au...

    Authors: Jon L Wardle, David W Sibbritt and Jon Adams

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:238

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Feldenkrais Method® teachers help students improve function and quality of life through verbally and manually guided lessons. The reasons people seek Feldenkrais® lessons are poorly understood. Similarly, little...

    Authors: Patricia A Buchanan, Nicole L Nelsen and Simon Geletta

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:217

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Despite the increasing popularity of acupuncture, there remains uncertainty as to its effectiveness and how it brings about change. Particular questions are posed over whether acupuncture research has sufficie...

    Authors: Sarah Price, Andrew F Long and Mary Godfrey

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:201

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Integrative medicine (IM) integrates evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) with conventional medicine (CON). Medical schools offer basic CAM electives but in postgraduate medical training...

    Authors: Peter Heusser, Sabine Eberhard, Bettina Berger, Johannes Weinzirl and Pascale Orlow

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:191

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasingly included within mainstream integrative healthcare (IHC) services. Health service managers are key stakeholders central to ensuring effective integra...

    Authors: Judy Singer and Jon Adams

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:167

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Provision of clinically relevant information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to health care professionals is not well described. The aim of the study was to assess questions about CAM to the...

    Authors: Jan Schjøtt and Hilde Erdal

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:56

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  39. Content type: Research article

    As health care has increased in complexity and health care teams have been offered as a solution, so too is there an increased need for stronger interprofessional collaboration. However the intraprofessional f...

    Authors: Marion McGregor, Aaron A Puhl, Christine Reinhart, H Stephen Injeyan and David Soave

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:51

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  40. Content type: Research article

    While some effort has been made to integrate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information in conventional biomedical training, it is unclear whether regulated Canadian CAM schools’ students are exp...

    Authors: Karine Toupin April and Isabelle Gaboury

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:374

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Community-acquired pneumonia in children is common in China. To understand current clinical characteristics and practice, we conducted a cross-sectional study to analyze quality of care on childhood pneumonia ...

    Authors: Xue-Feng Wang, Jian-Ping Liu, Kun-Ling Shen, Rong Ma, Zhen-Ze Cui, Li Deng, Yun-Xiao Shang, De-Yu Zhao, Li-Bo Wang, Li-Ya Wan, Yi-Qiu Sun, Yan-Ning Li, Zhi-Yan Jiang, Hua Xu, Xin-Min Li, Zhen-Qi Wu…

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:367

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in patients with IBD is on the increase. Patients report they use CAM when their condition is unresponsive to conventional medication or when they suffer from s...

    Authors: Annelie Lindberg, Britt Ebbeskog, Per Karlen and Lena Oxelmark

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:349

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) during pregnancy is increasing. Scientific evidence for CAM and CAT in the field of obstetrics mainly c...

    Authors: Ester Muñoz-Sellés, Antoni Vallès-Segalés and Josefina Goberna-Tricas

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:318

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Glucosamine is commonly prescribed as a disease modulating agent in osteoarthritis. However, the evidence to date suggests that it has a limited impact on the clinical symptoms of the disease including joint p...

    Authors: Rose Galvin, Grainne Cousins, Fiona Boland, Nicola Motterlini, Kathleen Bennett and Tom Fahey

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:316

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Supported self-management, acupuncture and information can help reduce the symptoms of low back pain. These approaches are currently recommended by NICE guidance as treatment options for patients with persiste...

    Authors: Anna Cheshire, Marie Polley, David Peters and Damien Ridge

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:300

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Large-scale pharmaco-epidemiological studies of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) for treatment of urticaria are few, even though clinical trials showed some CHM are effective. The purpose of this study was to exp...

    Authors: Pei-Shan Chien, Yu-Fang Tseng, Yao-Chin Hsu, Yu-Kai Lai and Shih-Feng Weng

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:209

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Registered dietitians (RDs) play a key role in disseminating information about nutrition and intervening in nutrition-related disorders in the Canadian context. Natural health products (NHPs) are increasingly ...

    Authors: Kristine Hirschkorn, Rishma Walji and Heather Boon

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:156

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Naturopaths are an increasingly significant part of the healthcare sector in Australia, yet despite their significant role there has been little research on this practitioner group. Currently the naturopathic ...

    Authors: Jon Lee Wardle, Jon Adams, Chi-Wai Lui and Amie Elizabeth Steel

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:15

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Kampo medicines are traditional Japanese medicines produced from medicinal plants and herbs. Even though the efficacy of Kampo medicines for controlling cancer-related symptoms is being reported, their actual ...

    Authors: Satoru Iwase, Takuhiro Yamaguchi, Tempei Miyaji, Kiyoshi Terawaki, Akio Inui and Yasuhito Uezono

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:222

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  50. Content type: Research article

    There have been a few but not precise surveys of the current status of traditional Japanese Kampo education at medical schools in Japan. Our aim was to identify problems and suggest solutions for a standardize...

    Authors: Makoto Arai, Shuichi Katai, Shin-ichi Muramatsu, Takao Namiki, Toshihiko Hanawa and Shun-ichiro Izumi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:207

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