Research & Studies

CMA Research & Studies

Research and studies on Australian complementary medicines cover a wide range of topics, including efficacy, safety, quality, and the impact of these products on various health
conditions. Here are a few examples:

Echinacea for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Study: A research study conducted by the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) in Australia investigated the efficacy of Echinacea in preventing and treating upper respiratory tract infections.

Findings: The study explored the potential of Echinacea as an immune-modulating herb and its impact on reducing the severity and duration of colds.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Cardiovascular Health:

Study: Various studies, including those conducted by the CSIRO, have examined the effects of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements on cardiovascular health.
Findings: Research has suggested that omega-3 fatty acids may have cardiovascular benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and improving lipid profiles.

Curcumin for Joint Health

Study: Researchers at Australian universities have investigated the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, and its potential benefits for joint health.
Findings: Some studies suggest that curcumin may have a role in managing inflammatory conditions, including osteoarthritis.

Herbal Formulations for Stress and Anxiety

Study: To assess their efficacy in managing stress and anxiety, the NICM has conducted studies on various herbal formulations, including those containing adaptogenic herbs like Rhodiola and Ashwagandha.
Findings: Preliminary research suggests that certain herbal combinations may positively impact stress-related symptoms.

Probiotics for Gut Health

Study: Australian researchers have explored the effects of probiotics on gut health and the potential role of these supplements in managing conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Findings: Probiotics have been studied for their ability to modulate the gut microbiota and alleviate symptoms associated with digestive disorders.

It’s important to note that research in the field of complementary medicines is ongoing, and findings can vary. The National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) and universities such as the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland are among the institutions in Australia that actively contribute to this research landscape. Additionally, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) plays a role in evaluating the safety and efficacy of complementary medicines before they are marketed to the public.