Research in Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research

Some research studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine as a whole. Due to the large number of existing studies, this list cannot be comprehensive. Overviews of research in individual CAM modalities can be found here.
  • CABSIN, the Brazilian Academic Consortium for Integrative Health, a network of researchers, universities and research institutes in the sector of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine (TCIM) in Brazil, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Brazil and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), set up the Virtual Health Library (VHL) specialised in TCIM, which includes a searchable database of 1 million scientific publications. 
    As a contribution to facilitate access to available evidence, as well as to identify knowledge gaps, a group of researchers and experts in the field developed clinical evidence maps on TCIM. They used high-quality mainstream PRISMA guidelines and AMSTAR 2 criteria to analyse the quality of the included systematic reviews. These maps aim to support health professionals, decision-makers, and researchers in preparing evidence-based health policy actions. Follow the link for the evidence maps.
  • The Karl und Veronica Carstens Foundation created a free database portal for complementary medicine, naturopathy and homeopathy. In total, 96,000 items of scientific literature, among them more than 30,000 clinical research papers and more than 9,000 basic research publications, it can be searched for free.
  • The Contribution of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to Reduce Antibiotic Use: A Narrative Review of Health Concepts, Prevention, and Treatment Strategy, Baars EW et al. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2019. PubMed
  • Use of complementary and alternative medicine in Europe: Health-related and sociodemographic determinants. Kemppainen LM et al. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 2017. PubMed
  • Barriers to the conduct and application of research in complementary and alternative medicine: a systematic review. Veziari Y et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2017. PubMed
  • An integrative review of complementary and alternative medicine use for back pain: a focus on prevalence, reasons for use, influential factors, self-perceived effectiveness, and communication Murthy V et al. The Spine Journal, 2015. Pubmed
  • Are complementary therapies and integrative care cost-effective? A systematic review of economic evaluations. Herman PM et al. BMJ Open, 2012. PubMed
  • Evidence for the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicines in the management of osteoarthritis: a systematic review. De Silva V et al. Rheumatology, 2011. PubMed
  • Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Integrative Oncology: Complementary Therapies and Botanicals. Deng GE et al. Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, 2009. PubMed
  • CAM Education: Promoting a Salutogenic Focus in Health Care. Rakel DP et al. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2007. PubMed
  • Use of complementary and alternative medicine in cancer patients: a European survey. Molassiotis A et al. Annals of Oncology, 2005. PubMed
  • Public Health Agenda for Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine. Bodeker G et al, American Journal of Public Health, 2002. PubMed
  • Research into complementary and alternative medicine: problems and potential. Nahin RL et al. BMJ, 2001. PubMed