The state of research on complementary and alternative medicine in pediatric rheumatology.

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This article reviews available evidence on complementary and alternative medicine in pediatric rheumatology. Despite its common use in pediatric rheumatology (34%-92%), there is still uncertainty as to its efficacy and safety. Although results are promising for some treatments such as massage, acupuncture, mind-body interventions (eg, guided imagery and meditative breathing), and some natural health products (eg, calcium supplements and Tripterygium wilfordii), there is a need for high-quality trials investigating the long-term effects and underlying mechanisms of these therapies as well as research on their use in this population of patients.
Title of abstract: 
The state of research on complementary and alternative medicine in pediatric rheumatology.
Author: 
April KT, Walji R.
Affiliations: 
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Ottawa
Citedate: 
Friday, December 31, 2010 - 19:00
Citation: 
Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2011 Feb;37(1):85-94.
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