The Contribution of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to Reduce Antibiotic Use: A Narrative Review of Health Concepts, Prevention, and Treatment Strategies.

Baars, Erik W; Zoen, Eefje Belt-van; Breitkreuz, Thomas; Martin, David; Matthes, Harald; von Schoen-Angerer, Tido; Soldner, Georg; Vagedes, Jan; van Wietmarschen, Herman; Patijn, Olga; Willcox, Merlin; von Flotow, Paschen; Teut, Michael; von Ammon, Klaus; Thangavelu, Madan; Wolf, Ursula; Hummelsberger, Josef; Nicolai, Ton; Hartemann, Philippe; Szőke, Henrik; ... (2019). The Contribution of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to Reduce Antibiotic Use: A Narrative Review of Health Concepts, Prevention, and Treatment Strategies. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine eCAM, 2019, p. 5365608. Hindawi 10.1155/2019/5365608

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Aim

The aim of this narrative review was to explore the potential contributions of CAM to reduce antibiotic use.

Methods

We searched PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews with a specific, limited set of search terms and collected input from a group of expert CAM researchers to answer the question: What is known about the contribution of CAM health and health promotion concepts, infection prevention, and infection treatment strategies to reduce antibiotic use? Results. The worldview-related CAM health concepts enable health promotion oriented infection prevention and treatment aimed at strengthening or supporting the self-regulating ability of the human organism to cope with diseases. There is some evidence that the CAM concepts of health (promotion) are in agreement with current conceptualization of health and that doctors who practice both CAM and conventional medicine prescribe less antibiotics, although selection bias of the presented studies cannot be ruled out. There is some evidence that prevention and some treatment strategies are effective and safe. Many CAM treatment strategies are promising but overall lack high quality evidence.

Conclusions

CAM prevention and treatment strategies may contribute to reducing antibiotic use, but more rigorous research is necessary to provide high quality evidence of (cost-)effectiveness.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (IKIM)

UniBE Contributor:

von Ammon, Klaus and Wolf, Ursula

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1741-427X

Publisher:

Hindawi

Language:

English

Submitter:

Yasmine Barbara Bühlmann

Date Deposited:

16 Jan 2020 09:59

Last Modified:

23 Sep 2020 12:03

Publisher DOI:

10.1155/2019/5365608

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PubMed ID:

30854009

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.137613

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/137613

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