Table 3

Types of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies studied for various conditions (full/partial economic evaluations)

Acupuncture

Homeopathy

Manual therapy

Spa therapy

Mind-body therapy

Hypnosis

Botanical medicine

Nutritional supplements

Diet

Biofeedback

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Miscellaneous*

TOTALS†


Populations with mixed conditions‡

3/2

2/1

0/1

0/1

10

Back, neck, and/or leg pain

1/0

5/0

1/0

1/0

8

Surgery

2/1

2/0

5

Cardiac patients

2/0

1/0

1/0

4

Rheumatic disorders

0/1

1/0

1/0

3

Epilepsy

0/3

3

General costs

0/1

0/2

3

Allergy

0/1

1/0

2

Cancer chemotherapy

2/0

2

Diabetic ulcers

2/0

2

Dyspepsia

1/0

1/0

2

EENT in children

1/1

2

Headache/migraine

2/0

2

Midwifery/obstetrics

1/0

0/1

2

Miscellaneous§

1/0

2/0

1/0

1/0

1/2

2/0

10

TOTALS†

5

11

7

3

8

3

2

7

6

2

2

4

60


EENT = Eye, ear, nose, and throat conditions

* Miscellaneous CAM therapies include: multivitamins, shoe orthoses, electrodermal screening, and aromatherapy.

† Some studies compared more than one CAM therapy. Therefore, totals exceed the number of studies found.

‡ Populations with mixed conditions include: patients with chronic disease, patients at one general practice (4 studies), long-term care workers, persons in Quebec health system, inner city children, and older adults (2 studies).

§Miscellaneous conditions include: anxiety, Parkinson's, psoriasis, uterine fibroids, urinary tract infection, macular degeneration, severe burn, AIDS, obesity, and hypertension.

Herman et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:11   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-5-11

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