A Mindful Approach to Health and Wellness

The vast array of therapies available in any approach to health and wellness can be daunting. Medical evidence of the efficacy of treatments is as necessary for alternative medicine as it is for Western medicine.

Medical care providers and patients alike share the goal of knowing the treatments selected are safe, effective and the best match for an individual’s picture of health. One challenge for the public in researching available treatments is that much peer-reviewed research is only available by paid subscription to professional medical journals.

Best of Humanity - Resources for Medical Evidence

Finding Credible Research

While more peer-reviewed research has emerged in recent years on topics such as the physiological effects of meditation on the body, research can be time-consuming when journals are often organized around a single discipline of medicine. Google Scholar can be a good resource for searching a broad cross-section of the literature. Though, searching this way can be time consuming if your topic of interest is narrow enough to be limited to medicine but broad enough to require results from across disciplines of medicine.

Best of Humanity: Accessing Research

More Accessible Wellness Information

Non-profit The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) bridges this gap. The 501(c)(3) states its mission is “to empower wellness worldwide by educating the public and private sectors about preventative health and wellness.”

One of the ways GWI does this is by making available an Evidence-Based Medicine Portal for Wellness Therapies. Their free resource is designed for easy research by

  • those seeking to better understand for themselves a variety of approaches to wellness
  • physicians reviewing appropriate treatments for patients
  • corporate health professionals for use in training materials

The Wellness Portal offers search categories ranging from Acupuncture to Music Therapy to Yoga. Within each category, research is arranged into three sections:

Spotlight – offering representative samples of available research in the given modality

Research – drawing on available literature offered by PubMed, Cochrane, Natural Standard and TRIP databases

Studies-In-Progress – presenting information on clinical trials underway.

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Continuing the Wellness Conversation

The Portal also offers options for engaging in conversation through commenting in the forum, or submitting evidence-based articles for consideration to be added to the Portal’s resources. The Global Wellness Institute’s portal is the first of its kind to offer streamlined research of medical evidence for common wellness therapies.