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Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

Zahi Arnon, Dan Steinberger, Samuel Attias, Ofra Grimberg, Ilana Peterfreund, Elad Schiff, Yael Keshet
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the research was to explore attitudes of hospital nurses toward integrative medicine (IM). DESIGN: A special training program was developed in the Bnai-Zion medical center, a public hospital in Israel, where an innovative IM program was launched. METHODS: 65 nurses from 22 wards were asked at the beginning and the end of the program to complete an open-ended questionnaire concerning three major aspects: 1) their attitudes toward complementary medicine and its integration, 2) the importance and impact of the training program and 3) how they perceive their potential role in promoting IM in the wards...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Kendahl M Shortway, Sejal Prajapati, Brooke Donald, Stephanie St Onge
This was an investigation of the feasibility and effectiveness of a brief yoga intervention (one session) within an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for service recipients diagnosed with various psychiatric disorders. Participants (N = 26) completed the Toronto Mindfulness Scale (TMS) and the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS). Data was collected before and after one yoga session and follow-up data was collected via mail after discharge from the IOP. Scores indicated that negative affect significantly decreased and positive affect significantly increased from pre to post yoga session...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
M Owen Papuga, Alicia L Barnes
BACKGROUND: The inefficiency associated with collecting standard validated instruments has been a barrier to routine use. We utilized computer adaptive testing (CAT) instruments available through Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) and correlated these with the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). METHODS: All measurements were collected at a routine chiropractic visit. The ODI assessment was used for comparison as a widely used patient reported outcomes instrument...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Julie E M McCullough, Sarah Dianne Liddle, Ciara Close, Marlene Sinclair, Ciara M Hughes
Reflexology is used for various pregnancy related complaints. A three-armed, pilot randomised controlled trial was conducted to test changes in physiological and biochemical stress parameters. Ninety primiparous volunteers experiencing low back and/or pelvic girdle pain (LBPGP) were recruited to receive either six reflexology or footbath treatments or usual care. Primary outcome data included pain intensity and frequency measured on a visual analog scale (VAS), and salivary beta-endorphin and cortisol levels...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Sajad Yarahmadi, Nooredin Mohammadi, Arash Ardalan, Hassan Najafizadeh, Mohammad Gholami
BACKGROUND: Chest tube removal is an extremely painful procedure and patients may not respond well to palliative therapies. This study aimed to examine the effect of cold and music therapy individually, as well as a combination of these interventions on reducing pain following chest tube removal. METHODS: A factorial randomized-controlled clinical trial was performed on 180 patients who underwent cardiac surgery. Patients were randomized into four groups of 45. Group A used ice packs for 20 minutes prior to chest tube removal...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Peter Bai James, Halimatu Kamara, Abdulai Jawo Bah, Amie Steel, Jon Wardle
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the prevalence, determinants and pattern of herbal medicine use among hypertensive patients in Freetown. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We conducted a cross-sectional study among hypertensive patients attending public and private health facilities in Freetown, Sierra Leone between August and October 2016. We analyzed the data using SPSS version 24. We used Chi-square, Fisher exact two-tailed test and regression analysis for data analysis...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Pooya Seyedi Chegeni, Mohammad Gholami, Alireza Azargoon, Amir Hossein Hossein Pour, Mehdi Birjandi, Hamed Norollahi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) on fatigue and sleep quality of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) stages 3 and 4. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The pretest posttest clinical trial recruited 91 patients COPD grades 3 and 4. Following random assignment of subjects, the treatment group (n = 45) performed PMR for eight weeks and the control group (n = 46) received routine cares. At baseline and after the intervention, fatigue and sleep quality was assessed...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Pedro Henrique Ribeiro Santiago, Cláudia Flemming Colussi
A critical issue in the contemporary field of public health is the organizational stress experienced by healthcare professionals. An integrative and complementary therapy that research has shown as efficacious in helping healthcare professionals to cope with stress is mindfulness meditation. An intervention, however, can't merely be efficacious, it also needs to be feasible to be implemented in a specific political and organizational context. This paper proposes a theoretical logical model and evaluation matrix of the feasibility of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program for primary care professionals...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Abubakar Ibrahim Jatau, Myat Moe Thwe Aung, Tuan Hairulnizam Tuan Kamauzaman, Ab Fatah Ab Rahman
OBJECTIVE: Traditional and Complementary Medicines (TCM) are widely used worldwide, and many of them have the potential to cause toxicity, interaction with conventional medications and non-adherence to prescribed medications due to patients' preference for the TCM use. However, information regarding their use among patients seeking care at emergency departments (ED) of a healthcare facility is limited. The study aimed to evaluate the TCM use among patients attending the ED of a teaching hospital in Malaysia...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Engin Şenel, Emre Demir
Apitherapy is the medical use and the application of honey bee products and in recent years there has been a growing interest in studies of this field. We aimed to perform a bibliometric study in the apitherapy literature. We used Web of Science database in this study and our search retrieved a total of 6917 documents of which great majority (82.4%) was original articles. Brazil was found to ranked first on the publication number with 889 papers followed by the USA, China, Japan and Turkey. We measured a productivity score for each country and the most productive countries in apitherapy field were Switzerland (2...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Matthew J Leach, Rachel Canaway, Jennifer Hunter
OBJECTIVE: To develop a policy, practice, education and research agenda for evidence-based practice (EBP) in traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM). METHODS: The study was a secondary analysis of qualitative data, using the method of roundtable discussion. The sample comprised seventeen experts in EBP and T&CM. The discussion was audio-recorded, and the transcript analysed using thematic analysis. RESULTS: Four central themes emerged from the data; understanding evidence and EBP, drivers of change, interpersonal interaction, and moving forward...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Soo Liang Ooi, Lauren Smith, Sok Cheon Pak
Massage therapy (MT) is the most popular complementary and alternative medicine therapy used by the Australian public. With the growing emphasis by the Australian health authority on evidence-informed healthcare decision-making, there is an increasing demand for massage therapists to move towards the evidence-informed practice (EIP). With MT research gaining significant attention over the last 30 years, clinical evidence exists to support the efficacies of MT on many health conditions, including chronic low back pain...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Petra Jurisic, Daiana Cristina Salm, Cintia Vieira, Francisco José Cidral-Filho, Leidiane Mazzardo-Martins, Daniel Fernandes Martins
INTRODUCTION: The mechanisms underlying the use of yoga in pain relief are still unclear. This study reviewed literature reports on encephalic activity related to analgesia induced by yoga meditation practice. METHODS: This integrative review examined studies published in the Pubmed, LILACS and MEDLINE databases without restriction of the year of publication. The research involved 16 descriptors related to the words: yoga, pain and neuroimaging methods. Inclusion criteria involved only the publications available online, with free access and written in English...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Ercan Bakir, Sevgin Samancioglu Baglama, Savas Gursoy
OBJECTIVE: This study was intended to examine the effect of foot reflexology on RA patients' pain and sleep quality. METHODS: This is a randomized controlled trial and was held at the "Rheumatology Follow-up Polyclinic" in Turkey between January-July 2015. A total of 60 patients were included in the research. A sociodemographic data form, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) were used. Foot Reflexology was administered to the experimental group...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Diogo Amorim, José Amado, Irma Brito, Sónia M Fiuza, Nicole Amorim, Cristina Costeira, Jorge Machado
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health concerns with a major contribution to the global burden of disease. When not treated, anxiety can be aggravated to more serious and complicated health problems. Pharmacology and psychotherapy stand for the conventional treatment for anxiety disorders but these present limited efficacy, especially in the case of chronic anxiety, with high relapse rates and often causing adverse side effects. Clinical research studies render acupuncture as a valid treatment therapy for anxiety disorders without significant adverse effects...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Aniela Wenham, Karl Atkin, Julia Woodman, Kathleen Ballard, Hugh MacPherson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A large randomised controlled trial found that the provision of either Alexander Technique lessons or acupuncture, for those with chronic neck pain, resulted in significantly increased self-efficacy when compared with usual care alone. In turn, enhanced self-efficacy was associated with significant reductions in neck pain at 6 and 12 months. In this analysis we explore the perspectives of participants within the trial, with the aim of gaining a better understanding of how these interventions had an impact...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Seyed Hamdollah Mosavat, Nematollah Masoudi, Homa Hajimehdipoor, Mohammad Kazem Emami Meybodi, Zahra Niktabe, Malihe Tabarrai, Fereshteh Ghorat, Mahmoud Khodadoost
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May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Nastaran Majdinasab, Robert W Motl, Motahare Mokhtarzade, Philipp Zimmer, Rouholah Ranjbar, Charly Keytsman, Tom Cullen, Raoof Negaresh, Julien S Baker
OBJECTIVE: To examine the acute effect of exercise on cytokines and adipokines during relapse and the remitting phase of multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: Thirty women with MS in the relapsing or remitting phase were matched with fifteen healthy controls. Participants performed a single-bout of aerobic exercise at 60-70% maximal heart rate. Furthermore, five women in the relapsing phase were enrolled (control relapse) and did not receive any intervention. Blood samples were taken before, immediately after, 1-h and 6-h after the exercise...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Halil Ibrahim Tuna, Burcu Babadag, Ayse Ozkaraman, Guler Balci Alparslan
PURPOSE: This study has been carried out to investigate the analgesic effect of black cumin oil on individuals with knee pain. METHOD: The experimental group (n = 30) and control group (n = 30) have been randomly selected. The control group patients have continued their routine prescription. For the experimental group, black cumin oil has been applied by rubbing to their knees 3 times a week for 1 month. FINDINGS: As a result of the study, the mean VAS values of the patients in the experimental group has changed to 7...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Xueming Jing, Jiao Liu, Chuanlin Wang, Ming Ji, Xing Chen, Yihan Mei, Qi Rong Zhu
OBJECTIVE: Auricular acupressure (AA) therapy has been widely used in Eastern Asia and Europe to prevent constipation in leukemia patients undergoing chemotherapy. The aim of this systematic review was to review data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of auricular acupressure therapy for preventing constipation in leukemia patients undergoing chemotherapy. METHODS: Databases that were searched from their inception until August 2017 included: MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, as well as four Chinese databases [Chinese BioMedical Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wan-Fang Data, and the Chinese WeiPu Database]...
May 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
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