Landmark Studies in CAM Research

There are thousands of studies in natural medicine available through Pubmed, or other databases. If you’re trying to get a feel for some of the study that have demonstrated that naturopathic or Chinese medicine is effective, you may want to read some of these papers and familiarize yourself with the research literature.

Naturopathic Medicine

Whole Practice Naturopathic Medicine

A naturopathic approach to the prevention of cardiovascular disease: cost-effectiveness analysis of a pragmatic multi-worksite randomized clinical trial. Herman PM1, Szczurko O, Cooley K, Seely D. J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Feb;56(2):171-6. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000066.

Naturopathic medicine for the prevention of cardiovascular disease: a randomized clinical trial. Seely D1, Szczurko O, Cooley K, Fritz H, Aberdour S, Herrington C, Herman P, Rouchotas P, Lescheid D, Bradley R, Gignac T, Bernhardt B, Zhou Q, Guyatt G. CMAJ. 2013 Jun 11;185(9):E409-16. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.120567. Epub 2013 Apr 29.

Patient-reported experiences with first-time naturopathic care for type 2 diabetes. Oberg EB1, Bradley R, Hsu C, Sherman KJ, Catz S, Calabrese C, Cherkin DC. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e48549. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048549. Epub 2012 Nov 7.

Effect of naturopathic and nutritional supplement treatment on tumor response, control, and recurrence in patients with prostate cancer treated with radiation therapy. Braun DP1, Gupta D, Birdsall TC, Sumner M, Staren ED. J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Mar;19(3):198-203. doi: 10.1089/acm.2011.0657. Epub 2012 Oct 4.

Detoxification in naturopathic medicine: a survey. Allen J1, Montalto M, Lovejoy J, Weber W. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Dec;17(12):1175-80. doi: 10.1089/acm.2010.0572. Epub 2011 Nov 21.

Best Practices Examples

Naturopathic management of females with cervical atypia: a delphi process to explore current practice. Leaver CA1, Miller-Davis C, Wallen GR. Integr Med Insights. 2013;8:9-17. doi: 10.4137/IMI.S11088. Epub 2013 Jan 31.

Commentaries and Editorials

Naturopathy lifestyle intervention: a new dimension in HIV care. Arankalle DV, Joseph B. J Altern Complement Med. 2013 May;19(5):480-1. doi: 10.1089/acm.2012.0379. Epub 2012 Dec 4

The new rules of naturopathy. Eggertson L. CMAJ. 2012 Oct 2;184(14):E743-4. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.109-4276. Epub 2012 Sep 4

An invited contribution to “A dialogue between naturopathy and critical medical anthropology: what constitutes holistic health?” Calabrese C. Med Anthropol Q. 2012 Jun;26(2):279-82

A dialogue between naturopathy and critical medical anthropology: what constitutes holistic health? Baer HA, Beale C, Canaway R, Connolly G. Med Anthropol Q. 2012 Jun;26(2):241-56.

Naturopathic physicians: holistic primary care and integrative medicine specialists. Litchy AP. J Diet Suppl. 2011 Dec;8(4):369-77. doi: 10.3109/19390211.2011.623148.

The intersecting paradigms of naturopathic medicine and public health: opportunities for naturopathic medicine. Wardle J1, Oberg EB. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Nov;17(11):1079-84. doi: 10.1089/acm.2010.0830. Epub 2011 Nov 9.

Chinese Medicine

Comparing the effects of individualized, standard, sham and no acupuncture in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Kim EJ, Lim CY, Lee EY, Lee SD, Kim KS. Trials. 2013 May 7;14:129. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-14-129.

Individual patient data meta-analysis of acupuncture for chronic pain: protocol of the Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration. Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Maschino AC, Lewith G, Macpherson H, Victor N, Sherman KJ, Witt C, Linde K; Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration. Trials. 2010 Sep 28;11:90. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-11-90.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine in in vitro fertilization: a review of the evidence for clinical practice. Cheong Y, Nardo LG, Rutherford T, Ledger W. Hum Fertil (Camb). 2010 Mar;13(1):3-12. doi: 10.3109/14647270903438830.

Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Paulus WE, Zhang M, Strehler E, El-Danasouri I, Sterzik K. Fertil Steril. 2002 Apr;77(4):721-4.

Acupuncture for treating fibromyalgia. Deare JC, Zheng Z, Xue CC, Liu JP, Shang J, Scott SW, Littlejohn G. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 May 31;5:CD007070. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007070.pub2