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Current Research Trends in Randomized Controlled Trials Investigating the Combined Effect of Korean Medicine and Western Medicine Treatment

Journal of Acupuncture Research. 2020;37(1):13-18 DOI 10.13045/jar.2019.00318

 

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Journal Title: Journal of Acupuncture Research

ISSN: 2586-288X (Print); 2586-2898 (Online)

Publisher: E-Tree Publishing

Society/Institution: Korean Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine Society

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Other systems of medicine: Miscellaneous systems and treatments | Medicine: Therapeutics. Pharmacology

Country of publisher: Korea, Republic of

Language of fulltext: English, Korean

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AUTHORS


Dohyung Ha ( Department of Medical Science of Meridian, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea)

Seoyeon Kim ( Department of Korean Medical Science, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea)

Yong Hyeon Baek ( Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, Seoul, Korea)

Jiyoon Won ( Department of Korean Medical Science, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea)

Seri Nam ( Korean Medicine Convergence Research Information Center, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea)

Jeeyoung Shin ( Korean Medicine Convergence Research Information Center, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea)

Oh-Hoon Kwon ( Haeundae Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, Pusan, Korea)

Soo-Yeon Kim ( Bundang Jaseng Oriental Hospital, Bundang, Korea)

Hyangsook Lee ( Department of Korean Medical Science, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea)

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Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

This review examined recently published (July 2014 to June 2017), randomized controlled trials (RCTs) which investigated the safety and effectiveness of combined Korean medicine/complementary alternative medicine (CAM) and Western medicine, to indicate the direction for integrative medical practice. The Korean Medicine Convergence Research Information Center evidence-based medicine database (KMCRIC EBM DB) was used to retrieve relevant RCTs indexed in the last 3 years. Study design, country, sample size, disease/condition with the Korean Standard Classification of Diseases code, interventions, direction of outcomes, and adverse events were extracted and summarized. A total of 93 RCTs were included in this review. Acupuncture/moxibustion was the most commonly used intervention (n = 47; 51%), and 19% (n = 18) of the studies treated musculoskeletal disorders, followed by circulatory disorders (n = 16; 17%), and mental and behavioral disorders (n = 9; 10%). Integrative treatment was reported as more effective than monotherapy in approximately 83% of these studies. Adverse events were poorly reported in most studies. This review suggests that integrative treatments are feasible, effective, and safe for various diseases/conditions, based on the evidence from recently published RCTs. Future studies on integrative healthcare are warranted.