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Complementary Therapies in Medicine

Kathi J Kemper
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February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Cahide Ayik, Dilek Özden
AIMS: To examine the effects of aromatherapy massage on anxiety and sleep quality in patients undergoing colorectal surgery in the preoperative period. BACKGROUND: In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of studies conducted on aromatherapy massage. It is stated that studies conducted on aromatherapy massage for anxiety and sleep quality reveal contradictory results and that more research is required on the issue. DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Laura G Kiken, Natalie J Shook, Jo Lynne Robins, John N Clore
OBJECTIVE: Mindfulness-based interventions, which increase dispositional mindfulness, may be useful adjunctive therapies for patients with chronic diseases, including diabetes. One way that mindfulness may benefit patients with diabetes is by fostering more accurate interoception, particularly in the form of blood glucose estimate accuracy. Many people with diabetes regulate their behavior based on estimates of their blood glucose levels from interoception, but they vary in estimate accuracy...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
A Tokinobu, T Yorifuji, M Sasai, H Doi, T Tsuda
OBJECTIVES: The effect of tongue cleaning on digestive power is mentioned in Ayurvedic information sources. However, no study has yet evaluated this. We aimed to evaluate the effects of tongue cleaning on digestive power from Ayurvedic viewpoint, and on oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) in healthy adults. DESIGN: Randomized cross-over. INTERVENTIONS: We recruited healthy adults aged 20-60 years. After randomization, the immediate intervention group started tongue cleaning with a tongue scraper every morning for 4 weeks, and then waited for 4 weeks...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Xiao-Ying Yang, Li-Qiong Wang, Jin-Gen Li, Ning Liang, Ying Wang, Jian-Ping Liu
OBJECTIVE: The existing eligible randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were critically appraised for the effectiveness and safety of Chinese herbal medicine Dengzhan Shenmai for ischemic stroke. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis (CRD42016042914, METHODS: Six electronic databases were searched from inception to May 2016. Risk ratio (RR) and mean difference (MD) with a 95% confidence interval (CI) were used as effect estimates using RevMan 5...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Marco Aurélio Ferreira de Jesus Leite, Guilherme Morais Puga, Franciel José Arantes, Carlo José Freire Oliveira, Lucas Moreira Cunha, Miguel Junior Sordi Bortolini, Nilson Penha-Silva
OBJECTIVE: The present systematic review aimed to verify the effect of resistance and combined training on the inflammatory profile of breast cancer survivors. DESIGN: The searches were made on the platforms PsycINFO, PubMed, Cochrane, Science Direct and Scopus, from 1996 to 2017, using the keywords: cancer survivors, cancer treatment, cancer patients, breast cancer, inflammation, inflammatory profile, immune function, resistance training, strength training, weight training, physical activity, concurrent training and combined training...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
A Walther, T J Lacker, U Ehlert
BACKGROUND: Higher age is associated to a variety of physical and mental disorders. Age-related changes in steroid secretion have been suggested to be an underlying mechanism leading to frailty, depression, and sexual dysfunction. However, Tai chi qigong and similar forms of exercise have been shown to improve a great variety of health-related parameters in older individuals. METHODS: We examined 56 self-reporting healthy men actively practicing Tai chi qigong and/or self-defense Kung-fu and 55 age-matched self-reporting healthy controls...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Tuğba Uzunçakmak, Sultan Ayaz Alkaya
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a health problem which begins approximately one week before menstruation in women occurs as a set of physical and psychological symptoms. This study aimed to determine the effect of aromatherapy on coping with premenstrual syndrome in university students. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial design was used. This study included 40 students in the intervention and 37 students in the control groups. Data was collected by questionnaire form and PMS scale...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
M Vitenet, F Tubez, A Marreiro, G Polidori, R Taiar, F Legrand, F C Boyer
INTRODUCTION: Although fibromyalgia syndrome (SFM) affects 2-4 percent of adults, research has not identified a preferred therapeutic option for patients worldwide yet. Based on recent findings, it can be expected that whole body cryotherapy can improve health-reported quality of life by alleviating the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine whether whole body cryotherapy only can result in improved perceived health and quality of life in fibromyalgia patients...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Shubhamoy Ghosh, Taraknath Ghosh, Ramkumar Mondal, Supratim Patra, Sumantra Das, Sk Swaif Ali, Munmun Koley, Subhranil Saha
BACKGROUND: Among the post-immunization adverse events, especially of Diphtheria-Pertusis-Tetanus (DPT), fever is a common systemic reaction. There is anecdotal support for the use of the homeopathic medicine Arsenicum album in preventing post-vaccination fever. The investigators intended to evaluate its efficacy in preventing febrile episodes following vaccination. METHODS: In the community medicine out-patient of Mahesh Bhattacharyya Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, West Bengal, India, between August 2014 and January 2017, a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was conducted on 120 children (verum: 60, placebo: 60) who presented for the 2nd and 3rd dose of DPT-HepB-Polio vaccination and reported febrile episodes following the 1st dose...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Yun-Ah Oh, Sin-Ae Park, Byung-Eun Ahn
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the psychopathological effects of participation in a 10-session horticultural therapy program in patients with schizophrenia. DESIGN: The study design was pre and post test design of experimental and control groups. SETTING: Twenty-eight Korean patients with schizophrenia, recruited from a mental health clinic and two mental health rehabilitation centers in Suwon, South Korea, were voluntarily assigned to either a control group (average age: 33...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Lauren P Lehmann, Jonna G Detweiler, Mark B Detweiler
OBJECTIVES: To assess the experiences of a veteran initiated horticultural therapy garden during their 28-day inpatient Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP). DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Salem, Virginia, USA INTERVENTIONS: Group interviews with veterans from the last SARRTP classes and individual interviews with VAMC greenhouse staff in summer of 2016. OUTCOME MEASURES: Time spent in garden, frequency of garden visits, types of passive and active garden activities, words describing the veterans' emotional reactions to utilizing the garden...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Emily Frith, Paul D Loprinzi
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the specific association between physical activity and cognitive function among a national sample of the broader U.S. adult population with a family history of Alzheimer's disease. METHODS: Data from the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) were used to identify 219 older adults, ages 60-85, with a family history of Alzheimer's disease. The Digit Symbol Substitution Test (DSST) was used to assess cognitive function, with physical activity assessed via a validated questionnaire...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Monique Aucoin, Kieran Cooley, Leena Anand, Melissa Furtado, Alex Canzonieri, Alexa Fine, Kathryn Fotinos, Ranjith Chandrasena, Larry J Klassen, Irvin Epstein, Wende Wood, Martin A Katzman
BACKGROUND: Many patients with depression fail to achieve remission after several consecutive treatments. Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent and new research suggests that it may have an impact on mood, primarily through an effect on neurotransmitters. Numerous observational studies suggest a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and increased incidence and severity of mood disorders. A small number of pilot studies have been undertaken but lack rigorous methodology required to draw conclusions about a clinical role for this nutrient in treatment resistant depression...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Masoud Rezaei-Nodehi, Seyed Afshin Shorofi, Masoumeh Bagheri-Nesami, Rahman Ghafari, Jamshid Yazdani-Charati, Manizheh Darbeheshti
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Atelectasis is the most common pulmonary complication after open heart surgery. This study was intended to examine the effects of pleasant olfactory mental imagery on postoperative atelectasis in patients undergoing open heart surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a randomized controlled clinical trial. The sample consisted of 80 patients who were randomly assigned to either practice olfactory mental imagery (test group) or receive routine care (control group)...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Zeynep Ozturk, Cigdem Colak Kalayci
Passiflora incarnata is marketed in many countries as anxiolytic herbal supplement. Herbal medicines are natural products, but it doesn't mean they are always safe, especially during pregnancy. Passiflora incarnata extract was not teratogenic in experimental studies. However, there are no data available on possible effects on human pregnancy. Here we report five pregnant women with depression and/or anxiety who used passiflora incarnata in pregnancy. We observed one pregnancy resulting in neonatal death, two pregnancies with premature rupture of membranes, two infants with meconium aspiration syndrome and one infant with persistent pulmonary hypertension...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Zhidan Liu, Chunlan Chen, Xiaoyan Li, Chuang Zhao, Zunyuan Li, Wei Liang, Yufang Lin
OBJECTIVE: Cupping therapy has a long history in traditional medicine especially in Asian countries. It was controversial whether cupping induced blisters are beneficial to healing effects, and the formation and content in the blisters remain unexplored. We aimed to identify and compare the molecular components of the blister fluid from the cupping therapy and the scalds to explore the necessary of inducing cupping induced blisters. METHODS: Fluid sample of blisters from fifteen patients receiving cupping therapy (Cupping group) and scald burns (Scald group) were collected in this study...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Kazuaki Iokawa, Masahiro Kohzuki, Toshimasa Sone, Satoru Ebihara
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of olfactory stimulation with essential oils on cardiovascular reactivity during the "moving beans" rehabilitation task in stroke patients with anxiety. METHODS: Twenty-eight stroke patients participated in this study. Blood pressure and heart rate were measured before and after finger movement tasks (e.g., moving beans and the Purdue pegboard test). Olfactory stimulation with lavender oil, grapefruit oil, and distilled water were conducted during finger tasks...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Sagrario Pérez-de la Cruz
OBJECTIVES: Various exercise strategies have been suggested to address movement deficits in order to improve motor function and quality of life for individuals in the early or moderate stages of Parkinson disease. The purpose is to evaluate the effects of an aquatic Ai Chi intervention on balance, gait speed and quality of life of patients. DESIGN AND INTERVENTION: Twenty-nine people with Parkinson disease participated in this pilot study. People were randomized into (1) aquatic Ai Chi program (experimental group) and (2) a dry land conventional Western physical therapy intervention (control group)...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
H Kondo, S Ogawa, H Nishimura, A Ono
OBJECTIVES: To clarify the status of home care massage services provided to patients. This will help in understanding how many patients utilize this service and the circumstances under which treatment is provided. DESIGN: A retrospective study. SETTING: Fifty-four acupuncture, moxibustion, and massage clinics. Participants were patients who had received home care massage for six months or more. We collected a total of 1587 responses from these 54 massage clinics; of these, 1415 responses (mean age = 79...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
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