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CAM Research Findings Need to Be Shared

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Jan 04, 2010

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Much research is being funded to substantiate the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine [CAM] practices. This research includes studies on practices such as yoga, tai chi, mindful meditation, acupuncture and energy medicine, among others. Many trial results are noted in this column. However, despite the growing body of supportive research evidence, many clinicians remain unaware of the data, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2009; 169 [7], 70–77).

To promote the social value of this research, coordinated efforts need to be made to raise awareness of clinical trial results among healthcare professionals. Study authors note that CAM research has the potential to make a difference in a broad range of professional practices “so long as health care professionals are aware of that evidence and have the experience, training, and opportunities to apply that evidence in the context of their specific practice.” Barriers to broader CAM clinical research awareness need to be overcome.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at