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8th European Congress for Integrative Medicine ECIM 2015

Global Summit on Integrative Medicine and Healthcare
Exploring the Evidence Base for Integrated and Sustainable Research, Healthcare and Workforce for Patients

Greater Copenhagen, Denmark

September 25-27th, 2015

Call for abstracts: Deadline July 14th

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Integrative Medicine and Healthcare in Finland


Research Symposium
CAM - Complementary and Alternative Medicine -
The challenges of scientific research in Finland

University of Tampere, Dept. of Health Sciences
13.11. 2015

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International Congress for Integrative Health & Medicine, Suttgart, Germany. 9.-11. June 2016
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9th European Congress for Integrative Medicine (ECIM). The Future of Comprehensive Patient Care.
Budapest, Hungary, September 10-11th 2016

Peer-review journals publishing research on Integrative medicine

A covering overview of almost all CAM journals can be found at:

Complementary Therapies Journals Links

Examples of freqently cited CAM journals:

Forschende Komplementärmedizin / Research in Complementary Medicine

Advances in Integrative Medicine

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary Therapies in Medicine

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

European Journal of Integrative Medicine

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine eCAM

Global Advances in Health and Medicine

Integrative Medicine Insights

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Database Homeopathic Research

Database of Scientific Publications in Homeopathy compiles peer reviewed scientific research studies in homeopathy according to type of research. The database if further sub divided as:

Current Issues Homeopathy

Homeopathy: Meta-Analyses of Pooled Clinical Data. Robert G. Hahn: Forsch Komplementmed 2013;20. Published online: October 17, 2013;20-000-000. DOI: 10.1159/000355916
“…To conclude that homeopathy lacks clinical effect, more than 90% of the available clinical trials had to be disregarded. Alternatively, flawed statistical methods had to be applied. Future meta-analyses should focus on the use of homeopathy in specific diseases or groups of diseases instead of pooling data from all clinical trials.”

Randomised controlled trials of homeopathy in humans: characterising the research journal literature for systematic review. Mathie RT, Hacke D, Clausen, Nicolai T, Riley DS and Fisher P: Homeopathy (2013) 102, 3-24. available online at
“…Our findings clarify the RCT literature in homeopathy. The 263 accepted journal papers will be the basis for our forthcoming programme of systematic reviews.”

Homeopathic Oscillococcinum® for preventing and treating influenza and influenza-like illness (Review)
Mathie RT, Frye J, Fisher P. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD001957. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001957.pub5. Published by JohnWiley & Sons, Ltd.
“Authors’ conclusions: There is insufficient good evidence to enable robust conclusions to be made about Oscillococcinum® in the prevention or treatment of influenza and influenza-like illness. Our findings do not rule out the possibility that Oscillococcinum® could have a clinically useful treatment effect but, given the low quality of the eligible studies, the evidence is not compelling. There was no evidence of clinically important harms due to Oscillococcinum®.”

Plausibility and evidence: the case of homeopathy. Rutten L, Mathie RT, Fisher P, Goossens M,  van Wassenhoven M: Med Health Care and Philos . Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012, DOI 10.1007/s11019-012-9413-9.
Abstract: “Abstract Homeopathy is controversial and hotly debated. The conclusions of systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials of homeopathy vary from ‘comparable to conventional medicine’ to ‘no evidence of effects beyond placebo’. It is claimed that homeopathy conflicts with
scientific laws and that homoeopaths reject the naturalistic outlook, but no evidence has been cited. We are homeopathic physicians and researchers who do not reject the scientific outlook; we believe that examination of the prior beliefs underlying this enduring stand-off can advance the debate. We show that interpretations of the same set of evidence—for homeopathy and for conventional medicine—can diverge. Prior disbelief in homeopathy is rooted in the perceived implausibility of any conceivable mechanism of action. Using the ‘crossword analogy’, we demonstrate that plausibility bias impedes assessment of the clinical evidence. Sweeping statements about the scientific impossibility of homeopathy are themselves unscientific: scientific statements must be precise and testable. There is growing evidence that homeopathic preparations can exert biological effects; due consideration of such research would reduce the influence of prior beliefs on the assessment of systematic review evidence

Advances in homeopathy and immunology: a review of clinical research. Bellavite P, Marzotto M, Chirumbolo S, Conforti  A: Frontiers in Bioscience S3, 1363-1389, June 1, 2011.
“…A larger number of observational studies and of clinical trials -- conducted in a methodologically correct manner without altering the treatment setting-- are needed before sure conclusions concerning the application of homeopathy for specific diseases can be drawn…”

Use of complementary medicine in Switzerland. Wolf U, Maxion-Bergemann S, Bornhöft G, Matthiessen PF, Wolf M: Forsch Komplementmed. 2006;13 Suppl 2:4-6. Epub 2006 Jun 26.
„…Approximately half of the Swiss population has used CAM. CAM treatment is considered to be effective by the majority of CAM users. About 50% of the population would prefer hospitals that also provide CAM therapies and the majority of the population wishes the cost for CAM therapies to be covered by basic health insurance…”

Effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of homeopathy in general practice - summarized health technology assessment. Bornhöft G, Wolf U, von Ammon K, Righetti M, Maxion-Bergemann S, Baumgartner S, Thurneysen AE, Matthiessen PF:  Forsch Komplementmed. 2006;13 Suppl 2:19-29. Epub 2006 Jun 26
“…Taking internal and external validity criteria into account, effectiveness of homeopathy can be supported by clinical evidence and professional and adequate application be regarded as safe. Reliable statements of cost-effectiveness are not available at the moment. External and model validity will have to be taken more strongly into consideration in future studies…”

Complementary and alternative medicine costs - a systematic literature review. Maxion-Bergemann S, Wolf M, Bornhöft G, Matthiessen PF, Wolf U:  Forsch Komplementmed. 2006;13 Suppl 2:42-5. Epub 2006 Jun 26.
„…Results suggest lower costs for CAM than for conventional patients, but the limited methodological quality lowers the significance of the available data. Further well-designed studies and models are required…“

Systematic Reviews

Kleijnen J, Knipschild P, ter Riet G (1991). Clinical trials of homeopathy, British Medical Journal, 302: 316-323

Cucherat M, Haugh MC, Gooch M, Boissel JP (2000). Evidence of clinical efficacy of homeopathy – A meta-analysis of clinical trials. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 56:27–33

Linde K, Clausius N, Ramirez G, Melchart D, Eitel F, Hedges LV, Jonas WB (1997) Are the clinical effects of homeopathy placebo effects? A meta-analysis of placebocontrolled trials. Lancet, 350: 834-843

Shang A, Huwiler-Muntener K, Nartey L, Juni P, Dorig S, Sterne JA, Pewsner D, Egger M (2005). Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy and allopathy. Lancet, 366:726–732

Jacobs J, Jonas WB, Jimenez-Perez M, Crothers D (2003). Homeopathy for childhood diarrhea: combined results and metaanalysis from three randomized, controlled clinical trials. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 22:229–234

Vickers A, Smith C (2006). Homoeopathic Oscillococcinum for preventing and treating influenza and influenza-like syndromes Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. CD001957

Barnes J, Resch K-L, Ernst E (1997). Homeopathy for postoperative ileus? A metaanalysis. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 25:628–633

Wiesenauer M, Lüdtke R (1996). A metaanalysis of the homeopathic treatment of pollinosis with Galphimia glauca. Forschende Komplementärmedizin und Klassische Naturheilkunde, 3:230–236

Taylor MA, Reilly D, Llewellyn-Jones RH, McSharry C, Aitchison TC (2000). Randomised controlled trials of homoeopathy versus placebo in perennial allergic rhinitis with overview of four trial series. British Medical Journal, 321:471–476

Bellavite P, Ortolani R, Pontarollo F, Piasere V, Benato G, Conforti A (2006). Immunology and homeopathy. 4. Clinical studies – Part 2. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM, 3:397–409

Schneider B, Klein P, Weiser M (2005). Treatment of vertigo with a homeopathic complex remedy compared with usual treatments: a meta-analysis of clinical trials. Arzneimittelforschung, 55:23–29

Ernst E, Barnes J (1998). Are homoeopathic remedies effective for delayed-onset muscle soreness? – A systematic review of placebocontrolled trials. Perfusion (Nürnberg), 11:4–8

Ullman D (2003). Controlled clinical trials evaluating the homeopathic treatment of people with human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 9:133–141

McCarney RW, Linde K, Lasserson TJ (2004). Homeopathy for chronic asthma (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. CD000353

McCarney R, Warner J, Fisher P, van Haselen R (2004). Homeopathy for dementia (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. CD003803

Owen JM, Green BN (2004). Homeopathic treatment of headaches: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 3:45–52

Smith CA (2003). Homoeopathy for induction of labour (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. CD003399

Pilkington K, Kirkwood G, Rampes H, Fisher P, Richardson J (2005). Homeopathy for depression: a systematic review of the research evidence. Homeopathy, 94:153–163

Pilkington K, Kirkwood G, Rampes H, Fisher P, Richardson J (2006). Homeopathy for anxiety and anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the research. Homeopathy, 95: 151–162

Long L, Ernst E (2001). Homeopathic remedies for the treatment of osteoarthritis – A systematic review. British Homeopathic Journal, 90:37–43

Ernst E (1999). Homeopathic prophylaxis of headaches and migraine? A systematic review. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 18:353–357

Cost-Effectiveness Analyses

Witt C, Keil T, Selim D, Roll S, Vance W, Wegscheider K, Willich SN (2005). Outcome and costs of homeopathic and conventional treatment strategies: a comparative cohort study in patients with chronic disorders. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 13:79–86

Trichard M, Chaufferin G Nicoloyannis N (2005). Pharmacoeconomic comparison between homeopathic and antibiotic treatment strategies in recurrent acute rhinopharyngitis in children. Homeopathy, 94:3–9.

Caisse Nationale de l’Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs Salariés (CNAMTS), Carnets Statistiques, Le secteur libéral des professions de santé (07/1998).

Vainchtock A et al (2002) Descriptive and comparative study of patient management by homeopathic GPs versus allopathic GPs. Value in Health 5: 468.

World Health Organization WHO (2002) Traditional Medicines Strategy: 2002-2005. WHO, Geneva, Switzerland (document reference WHO/EDM/ TRM/2002.1

Clinical Studies

Spence D, Thompson EA, Barron SJ (2005) Homeopathic Treatment for Chronic Disease: A 6-Year, University-Hospital Outpatient Observational Study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 11(5):793-798.

Witt CM, Lüdtke R, Baur R, Willich SN (2005) Homeopathic Medical Practice: Longterm results of a Cohort Study with 3981 Patients. BMC Public Health. 5(1):115.

Güthlin C, Lange O, Walach H (2004).Measuring the effects of acupuncture and homoeopathy in general practice: An uncontrolled prospective documentation approach. BMC Public Health, 4:6

Sharples F, van Haselen R, Fisher P (2003). NHS patiënts’ perspective on complementary medicine. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 11:243–248

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