AOM Research

Checking for Possible Herb-Drug Interactions

By AOM Research, Clinical Perspectives , Herbal Medicine, Internal Medicine

The issue of herb-drug interactions looms large over the practice of herbal medicine. Up to now there have been few incidents recorded of clinical herb-drug interactions. After the first such reports emerged in the 1990s, a concern has been raised: that we know so little about herbs and their potential for interaction with drugs that these incidents could be just the “tip of the iceberg.”. In actuality…

Read More

Reflections on the German Acupuncture Studies

By Acupuncture, AOM Research, Clinical Perspectives 

When clinical research studies are undertaken it is important to know why the studies were done and for whom.  Sometimes the reasons and target audience for a study become confused as researchers try to answer different questions for different reasons in the same study.  Additionally, in acupuncture trials there have been calls for many years to ensure that the tested treatment is valid and that an appropriate control…

Read More

Dissecting Acupuncture and IVF Studies

By Acupuncture, AOM Research, Clinical Perspectives , Women's Health

Is there any proof that acupuncture improves fertility? Savvy patients and evidence-seeking western medical professionals will undoubtedly ask this question of any acupuncturist specializing in fertility treatment. When answering the question, what research studies should be cited? Should the research be applied to practice – and in what way? While the body of western-styled evidence is quite small…

Read More

New Perspectives on the Treatment of Male Fertility

By AOM Research, Clinical Perspectives , Herbal Medicine, Internal Medicine

It is a common practitioner’s dilemma: many women show up in our clinics for fertility support, but getting male partners to come for treatment can be a challenge. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine reports that the male factor is responsible for one-third of fertility problems in this country, and male and female factors together are responsible for another third of fertility problems…

Read More