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Complementary Therapies in Medicine

M Vitenet, F Tubez, A Marreiro, G Polidori, R Taiar, F Legrand, F C Boyer
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June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
F N Gonot-Schoupinsky, G Garip
OBJECTIVES: To assess the potential of laughter and humour interventions to increase well-being in a general population of adults aged 60 plus; and to develop a classification to compare approaches and potential benefits of different intervention types. DESIGN: A systematic search of Web of Science, PubMed/MEDLINE, PsychInfo, AMED, and PsychArticles used inclusive terms relating to laughter and humour interventions. A realist synthesis approach enabled heterogeneous interventions to be compared pragmatically...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Kristen Bodner, Salvatore D'Amico, Man Luo, Elizabeth Sommers, Laura Goldstein, Caitlin Neri, Paula Gardiner
PURPOSE: This project assesses the prevalence of integrative medicine (IM) in pediatric pain clinics (PPCs) across the United States. METHODS: PPCs were identified through the American Pain Society and cross referenced through the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). A cross-sectional review using each PPC's website was then utilized for further information. We collected data regarding each program's target population, non-profit status (where non-profits were designated as hospitals that do not operate for-profit purpose, and private as institutions receiving private funding), location, services provided and participating providers...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Giuseppe Lanza, Stella Silvia Centonze, Gera Destro, Veronica Vella, Maria Bellomo, Manuela Pennisi, Rita Bella, Domenico Ciavardelli
OBJECTIVES: Among the complementary and alternative medicine, Shiatsu might represent a feasible option for depression in Alzheimer's disease (AD). We evaluated Shiatsu on mood, cognition, and functional independence in patients undergoing physical activity. DESIGN: Single-blind randomized controlled study. SETTING: Dedicated Community Center for patients with AD. INTERVENTIONS: AD patients with depression were randomly assigned to the "active group" (Shiatsu + physical activity) or the "control group" (physical activity alone)...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Sylwia Wrotek, Łukasz Brycht, Weronika Wrotek, Wiesław Kozak
BACKGROUND: Malignant melanoma is a cancer that arises from pigment cells in the skin called melanocytes. The long-term survival of a patient with advanced melanoma is rare. CASE: We present a unique case of a female patient who has suffered from malignant melanoma for more than 13 years. The disease progressed quickly, and 19 months after diagnosis, the patient was classified as having stage IV melanoma. After several years, the patient had several episodes of fever that were not deliberately treated with medication...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Ming-Yen Tsai, Chien-Hsing Wu, Yu-Chuen Huang, Shih-Yu Chen, Hwee-Yeong Ng, Yu-Jen Su, Yung-Hsiang Chen
OBJECTIVE: Hypotension during hemodialysis (HD) is the most common complication that negatively affects the quality of life of patients. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the preliminary efficacy and safety of herbal acupoint therapy (HAT) for intradialytic hypotension (IDH). METHODS: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial was performed in 32 HD patients to determine whether HAT was more effective than a sham treatment for the treatment of IDH. The outcomes were frequency of IDH episodes and number of nursing interventions during HD sessions, pre- and post-dialysis BP, subjective change in fatigue as measured by the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), and recovery time from fatigue after dialysis at the 0th and 4th week...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Ozra Tabatabaei-Malazy, Zhaleh Shadman, Hanieh-Sadat Ejtahed, Rasha Atlasi, Mohammad Abdollahi, Bagher Larijani
INTRODUCTION: Based on WHO recommendation for considering herbal medicine as an inexpensive appropriate method to treat metabolic disorders, conducting randomized controlled trials (RCTs) is increasing worldwide. Since poor quality RCTs can lead to wrong conclusion, we assessed the quality of reporting of herbal medicines' RCTs conducted in Middle East in a systematic review study. MATERIALS & METHODS: All herbal medicines' RCTs in metabolic disorders (diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, hyperlipidemia, obesity and osteoporosis) conducted in Middle East countries and published before January 2017 were included...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Paul G Werthmann, Lothar Kindermann, Gunver S Kienle
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive, neuroendocrine skin tumor with frequent local recurrence, lymph node involvement, distant metastasis, and a high mortality rate. Viscum album extracts (VAE) are a widely used adjunct in cancer treatment and show cytotoxic and immune-modulating effects. CASE PRESENTATION: A 64-year-old woman was diagnosed with a MCC of the left forearm. In the following course of 21 years, she experienced 4 episodes of lymph node relapse (axillary, submandibular, axillary, clavicular)...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Seyed Mohammad Mousavi, Ali Sheikhi, Hamed Kord Varkaneh, Meysam Zarezadeh, Jamal Rahmani, Alireza Milajerdi
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE(S): No meta-analysis is available on the effect of Nigella sativa (NS) on obesity indices. This systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to systematically review the available Randomized Clinical Trials (RCTs) that examined the effects of NS on Body Weight (BW), Body Mass index (BMI), and Waist Circumference (WC) in adults. METHODS: Relevant articles published up to January 2018 were searched through PubMed/Medline, SCOPUS, Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar databases, using relevant keywords...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Cevat Unal, Menizibeya O Welcome, Mariam Salako, Faruk Abdullahi, Nuhu M Abubakar, Vladimir A Pereverzev, Siti Sugih Hartiningsih, Senol Dane
BACKGROUND: Foot reflexotherapy is a noninvasive complementary therapy that has gained considerable application in several fields of human endeavor. The therapy is used to relieve the symptoms of several ailments. For instance, foot reflexotherapy when applied to the cortical areas of the left or right foot relieves pain and stress. However, the electrophysiological mechanisms of the effect of foot reflexotherapy on cortical activity are not completely understood. While it has been shown that foot reflexotherapy exert positive effects on brain functions, little is known about the effects of this therapy on cortical activities as recorded with electroencephalogram (EEG) in healthy humans...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Sheri L Robb, Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, Lindsey May, Eugenia Hernandez-Ruiz, Megan Allison, Alyssa Beloat, Sarah Daugherty, Rebecca Kurtz, Alyssa Ott, Oladele Oladimeji Oyedele, Shelbi Polasik, Allison Rager, Jamie Rifkin, Emily Wolf
INTRODUCTION: Concomitant with the growth of music intervention research, are concerns about inadequate intervention reporting and inconsistent terminology, which limits validity, replicability, and clinical application of findings. OBJECTIVE: Examine reporting quality of music intervention research, in chronic and acute medical settings, using the Checklist for Reporting Music-based Interventions. In addition, describe patient populations and primary outcomes, intervention content and corresponding interventionist qualifications, and terminology...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Ah-Reum Han, Sin-Ae Park, Byung-Eun Ahn
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the effects of a plant cultivation-based horticultural therapy program for elderly people with mental health problems. DESIGN: Pre- and post-test design with experimental and control groups. SETTING: Twenty-eight elderly Korean people with mental health problems participated from April to June 2017 at a farm located in Suwon, South Korea. INTERVENTIONS: The participants were randomly assigned to either the control (n = 14) or horticultural therapy group (n = 14); the latter participated in once-weekly sessions of a previously designed 10-session horticultural therapy program...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Jiang Ming, Li Zhuoneng, Zhu Guangxun
INTRODUCTION: Periodontal disease is characterized by a chronic infection, leading to the irreversible destruction of tissues supporting the teeth. Bacteria, pro-inflammatory mediators and host immune response play important role in the progress of periodontal disease. Baicalin is a bioactive flavone extracted from the dry raw root of Scutellaria baicalensis, with pharmaceutical actions of anti-inflammation, anti-oxidants, anti-tumor, antivirus, and so on. The present review summarizes the efficacy of baicalin in periodontal treatment...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Lauren E Kennedy, Sarah Misyak, Kathy Hosig, Kiyah J Duffey, Young Ju, Elena Serrano
OBJECTIVE: Stress levels have been associated with a broad range of adverse health outcomes, particularly for mothers and subsequently, their children. Mindfulness-based stress management is a tool that has effectively been utilized in several disciplines and has potential applications to eating behaviors. This paper describes the effects of an exploratory mindfulness-based stress management and nutrition education program, the Slow Down Program, on mothers' perceived stress, eating behavior, and self-efficacy...
June 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Elise Pure, Lauren Terhorst, Nancy Baker
BACKGROUND: The use of manual therapies (chiropractic manipulation, massage) and movement therapies (yoga, tai chi) by people with arthritis may relate to their personal characteristics, and the reported emotional and physical health outcomes may differ by type of therapy. OBJECTIVES: To describe personal characteristics and predictors of manual and movement therapy use for people with arthritis, and to compare the use of manual versus movement therapy to improve physical and emotional health outcomes for people with arthritis...
April 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Karl M Fleming, Matthew P Herring
OBJECTIVE: This meta-analysis estimated the population effect size for Pilates effects on mental health outcomes. DATA SOURCES: Articles published prior to August 2017 were located with searches of Pubmed, Medline, Cinahl, SportDiscus, Science Direct, PsychINFO, Web of Science, and Cochrane Controlled Trial Register using combinations of: Pilates, Pilates method, mental health, anxiety, and depression. STUDY SELECTION: Eight English-language publications that included allocation to a Pilates intervention or non-active control and a measure of anxiety and/or depressive symptoms at baseline and after the Pilates intervention were selected...
April 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Elizabeth L Addington, Stephanie J Sohl, Janet A Tooze, Suzanne C Danhauer
OBJECTIVE: To conduct a pilot trial of internet-based, cancer-adapted yoga for women receiving breast cancer treatment. DESIGN: Women undergoing radiation or chemotherapy for breast cancer were recruited for 12, 75-min, biweekly, cancer-adapted yoga classes delivered via internet-based, multipoint videoconferencing. Data were collected on feasibility and acceptability, including qualitative feedback from participants and the yoga instructor. RESULTS: Among 42 women approached, 13 declined eligibility screening, and 23 were ineligible...
April 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Samuel Attias, Elad Schiff, Zahi Arnon, Eran Ben-Arye, Yael Keshet, Gideon Sroka, Ibrahim Matter, Lital Keinan Boker
BACKGROUND: The integration of manual therapies, including reflexology, into conventional care settings is growing extensively. Patients' beliefs, attitudes and expectations toward these therapies interact with their outcomes, but currently there are no validated tools to evaluate these factors. We aimed to design and to validate such a tool specifically targeted into reflexology. METHODS: Following input of a multidisciplinary team of experts, the self-administered Inpatient Beliefs, Expectations and Attitudes toward Reflexology (IBEAR) questionnaire was constructed, containing 25 items, 8 referring to demographics and 17 specifically addressing reflexology...
April 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Martin D Hoffman, Vikram Agnish
OBJECTIVES: Examine the effectiveness of sacroiliac (SI) joint prolotherapy for SI joint instability, and characterize the patients most likely to benefit from this treatment. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient physical medicine clinic. INTERVENTIONS: Patients referred for low back pain and diagnosed with SI joint instability received a series of three SI joint prolotherapy injections (15% dextrose in lidocaine) at approximately a one-month interval...
April 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Sofia Tsoli, Spyros Vasdekis, Xanthi Tigani, Artemios Artemiadis, George Chrousos, Christina Darviri
OBJECTIVES: Chronic insomnia (CI) is a common sleep disorder linked to stress and various ubiquitous stress-related disorders (e.g. cardiovascular and mental diseases). Previous experimental studies exploring the effects of stress management in CI have confirmed that reducing stress, especially through cognitive methods, could ameliorate symptoms and repercussions of CI. In this 16-week experimental pilot study, we primarily examined the feasibility of a novel method, dubbed Pythagorean Self-Awareness Intervention (PSAI) in 30 CI patients...
April 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
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