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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154062/survey-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-pediatric-inpatient-settings
#1
Sam Stubblefield
OBJECTIVES: While use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is common in children, we know little about its use for hospitalized children. This survey measured the rate of CAM use, specific modalities used, and policies related to CAM use for hospitalized children. DESIGN: Anonymous survey of hospitals in the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRĪS) network SETTING: Hospitals in the PRĪS network. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Rate of overall and specific CAM modality use, including whether these modalities are provided, permitted, or prohibited, and presence of a written policy on CAM use...
December 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113407/healing-touch-in-radiation-therapy-is-the-benefit-tangible
#2
Jean-Baptiste Guy, Sacha Bard-Reboul, Jane-Chloé Trone, Alexis Vallard, Sophie Espenel, Julien Langrand-Escure, Anis Hamrouni, Majed Ben Mrad, Stéphanie Morisson, Patrick Michaud, Nicolas Magné, Chloé Rancoule
Background: Cancer patients tend to use more and more complementary or alternative medicine concomitantly to radiotherapy. A large part of these patients have recourse to Mind and Body practice, mainly with biofield healers or magnetizers, without any level of evidence. The aim of the present study was to report epidemiologic data on biofield healers in radiation therapy patients, and to assess the possible objective and subjective benefits. Materials and Methods: A retrospective study was conducted in a French cancer institute...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987079/effectiveness-of-biofield-therapy-for-patients-diagnosed-with-fibromyalgia
#3
Fernando Sarmento, Hideaki Tanaka, Eduarda Cordeiro, Kiyoshi Suzuki
Context • Fibromyalgia (FM) is a disorder with an unknown etiology; symptoms include physical and psychological stress, widespread chronic pain, insomnia, and depression. Mind-body medicine and aerobic exercise have shown positive effects for symptom control. Several studies have reported positive effects for biofield therapy for FM, but when other studies have compared the treatment with a sham control, they have not found those beneficial effects. Objective • The study intended to examine the effects of a biofield therapy called Okada purifying therapy on patients' FM symptoms...
October 2, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981919/mind-body-therapies-in-individuals-with-dementia-an-integrative-review
#4
Joel G Anderson, Carol E Rogers, Ann Bossen, Ingelin Testad, Karen M Rose
Mind-body therapies frequently derive from Eastern philosophies and are becoming increasingly popular. These therapies, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong, biofield therapies, and guided imagery, have many reported benefits for improving symptoms and physiological measures associated with various chronic diseases. However, clinical research data concerning the effectiveness of these practices in individuals with dementia have not been evaluated using a synthesis approach. Thus, an integrative review was conducted to evaluate studies examining the efficacy of mind-body therapies as supportive care modalities for management of symptoms experienced by individuals with dementia...
November 1, 2017: Research in Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968143/mental-health-wellness-and-biofield-therapies-an-integrative-review
#5
Lucrezia Mangione, Diane Swengros, Joel G Anderson
Biofield therapies such as Healing Touch and Reiki increase relaxation, decrease anxiety and stress, and improve mood. Understanding the efficacy of these therapies in terms of mental health wellness is important for nurses interested in complementary and integrative care. The goal of the present integrative review was to investigate the state of knowledge regarding biofield therapies and the impact on anxiety, mood, and mental health wellness. Electronic databases were searched for articles available in English and published from 2014 to 2016...
November 2017: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843479/chreods-homeorhesis-and-biofields-finding-the-right-path-for-science-through-daoism
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REVIEW
Arran Gare
C.H. Waddington's concepts of 'chreods' (canalized paths of development) and 'homeorhesis' (the tendency to return to a path), each associated with 'morphogenetic fields', was conceived by him as a contribution to complexity theory. Subsequent developments in complexity theory have largely ignored Waddington's work and efforts to advance it. Waddington explained the development of the concept of chreod as the influence on his work of Alfred North Whitehead's process philosophy, notably, the concept of concrescence as a self-causing process...
August 23, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654301/an-integrative-review-of-scientific-evidence-for-reconnective-healing
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REVIEW
Ann L Baldwin, Natalie L Trent
BACKGROUND: Biofield therapies offer a novel, non-invasive approach to treating chronic diseases based on assessing and adjusting an individual's physiological and emotional responses through their bio-energetic field. Reconnective Healing(™) (RH) is defined as: "…not just energy healing, but instead a more comprehensive spectrum of healing composed of energy, light, and information." OBJECTIVES: Several biofield therapies, such as Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and Johrei, have already been reviewed in the literature but RH has received little attention even though it is taught and practiced worldwide...
August 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592299/real-versus-sham-proximal-biofield-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-warts-of-the-hands-and-feet-in-adults-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial-magnetik-study
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Cathy Gaillard, Laure Allain, Hélène Legros, Sylvie Brucato, Yohann Desgue, Christophe Rouillon, Laure Peyro-Saint-Paul, Anne Dompmartin
BACKGROUND: Despite the lack of scientific studies on biofield therapies, they are widely acclaimed by patients. The mechanisms of action are not explained by current allopathic medical approaches. Warts are common and contagious viral lesions that may be refractory to standard dermatologic treatments such as cryotherapy, laser therapy, and keratolytic ointments. Biofield therapies are efficient in various pathologies. Their ability to treat warts has never been demonstrated in a scientific study with a robust methodology...
June 7, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497700/instrumental-measurements-of-water-and-the-surrounding-space-during-a-randomized-blinded-controlled-trial-of-focused-intention
#9
Luís Carlos Matos, Sara Cristina Santos, Joel G Anderson, Jorge Machado, Henry Johannes Greten, Fernando Jorge Monteiro
The main goal of this work was the assessment of measurable interactions induced by focused intention, frequently used in biofield practices such as Healing Touch and Reiki. Water, as the main component of the human body, was chosen as a model. Intention experiments were performed over 4 different days at a scheduled interval, during which 286 trained biofield practitioners from several countries were instructed to meditate with the intention to change the molecular vibrational state of water samples selected by a blinded operator...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137530/effectiveness-of-spiritist-passe-spiritual-healing-for-anxiety-levels-depression-pain-muscle-tension-well-being-and-physiological-parameters-in-cardiovascular-inpatients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Élida Mara Carneiro, Luana Pereira Barbosa, Jorge Marcelo Marson, Juverson Alves Terra, Claudio Jacinto Pereira Martins, Danielle Modesto, Luiz Antônio Pertili Rodrigues de Resende, Maria de Fátima Borges
BACKGROUND: Biofield therapies, such as laying on of hands, are used in association with Conventional Medicine as Spiritist "passe", among others. The aim of this study was to evaluate anxiety, depression, pain, muscle tension and well-being, as well as physiological parameters in cardiovascular inpatients submitted to the Spiritist "passe", sham, and no intervention. METHODS: In the total, 41 cardiovascular inpatients submitted to the Spiritist "passe", sham, and no intervention during a 10-min period on 3 consecutive days...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874837/effectiveness-of-spiritist-passe-spiritual-healing-on-the-psychophysiological-parameters-in-hospitalized-patients
#11
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Élida Mara Carneiro, Giselle Vanessa Moraes, Guilherme Azevedo Terra
Context • The coexistence of affective disorders, especially anxiety and depression, with medical illness is a topic of considerable clinical and research interest. Complementary biofield modalities are therapies that involve touch or placement of the hands in or through biofields. Spiritual healing, or Spiritist passe (SP), is a kind of laying on of hands (LOH), and therefore is a biofield therapy. Objective • The current study intended to evaluate the effects of SP on psychological parameters such as anxiety and depression and on the perceptions of muscle tension and wellness as well as physiological parameters, such as pain intensity, heart rate (HR), and oxygen saturation (SpO2)...
July 2016: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27663217/human-subject-effects-on-torsion-pendulum-oscillations-further-evidence-of-mediation-by-convection-currents
#12
Richard Hammerschlag, Ann Linda Baldwin, Gary E Schwartz
CONTEXT: When a human subject sits beneath a wire mesh, hemispheric torsion pendulum (TP) a rapid-onset series of oscillations at frequencies both higher and lower than the fundamental frequency of the TP have been consistently observed. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to replicate and extend prior findings that suggest the human subject effect on TP behavior is due to subject-generated, heat-induced convection currents. DESIGN: Effects on pendulum behavior were tested after draping an aluminized "space blanket" over the subject and by replacing the subject with a thermal mattress pad shaped to approximate the human form...
November 2016: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27641610/human-biofield-therapy-does-not-affect-tumor-size-but-modulates-immune-responses-in-a-mouse-model-for-breast-cancer
#13
Gloria Gronowicz, Eric R Secor, John R Flynn, Liisa T Kuhn
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of human biofield therapy, an integrative medicine modality, on the development of tumors and metastasis, and immune function in a mouse breast cancer model. METHODS: Mice were injected with 66cl4 mammary carcinoma cells. In study one, mice received biofield therapy after cell injection. In study two, mice were treated by the biofield practitioner only prior to cell injection. Both studies had two control groups of mock biofield treatments and phosphate-buffered saline injection...
September 2016: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27541052/effects-of-isha-hatha-yoga-on-core-stability-and-standing-balance
#14
Élida Mara Carneiro, Giselle Vanessa Moraes, Guilherme Azevedo Terra
Context • The coexistence of affective disorders, especially anxiety and depression, with medical illness is a topic of considerable clinical and research interest. Complementary biofield modalities are therapies that involve touch or placement of the hands in or through biofields. Spiritual healing, or Spiritist passe (SP), is a kind of laying on of hands (LOH), and therefore is a biofield therapy. Objective • The current study intended to evaluate the effects of SP on psychological parameters such as anxiety and depression and on the perceptions of muscle tension and wellness as well as physiological parameters, such as pain intensity, heart rate (HR), and oxygen saturation (SpO2)...
2016: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27487406/the-effects-of-oscillatory-biofield-therapy-on-pain-and-functional-limitations-associated-with-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-randomized-placebo-controlled-double-blind-study
#15
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Mohammad Reza Nourbakhsh, Thomas J Bell, Jason Benson Martin, Amir Massoud Arab
OBJECTIVES: Biofield treatments have been used for pain control in patients with cancer and chronic pain. However, research on the effect of biofield treatment on specific somatic disorders is lacking. This study intends to investigate the effect of oscillating biofield therapy (OBFT) on symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. DESIGN: Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty patients with chronic carpal tunnel syndrome participated in the study...
November 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26760383/reiki-s-effect-on-patients-with-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-pilot-study
#16
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Barbara Byrne Notte, Carol Fazzini, Ruth A Mooney
BACKGROUND: In the immediate postoperative period, managing postsurgical pain with pain medication can contribute to complications. A more effective approach might include a combination of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic measures, such as Reiki therapy. PURPOSE: The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the impact of Reiki therapy on the pain perception of patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) following Reiki sessions, satisfaction with Reiki therapy, satisfaction with the hospital experience overall, and pain medication use following surgery...
February 2016: Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26665047/challenges-and-opportunities-faced-by-biofield-practitioners-in-global-health-and-medicine-a-white-paper
#17
Erminia Guarneri, Rauni Prittinen King
Biofield therapies (BTs) are increasingly employed in contemporary healthcare. In this white paper, we review specific challenges faced by biofield practitioners resulting from a lack of (1) a common scientific definition of BT; (2) common educational standards for BT training (including core competencies for clinical care); (3) collaborative team care education in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and in integrative health and medicine (IHM); (4) a focused agenda in BT research; and (5) standardized devices and scientifically validated mechanisms in biofield research...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26665046/barriers-to-the-entry-of-biofield-healing-into-mainstream-healthcare
#18
David J Hufford, Meredith Sprengel, John A Ives, Wayne Jonas
In this article, we describe barriers to the entry of biofield healing into mainstream contemporary science and clinical practice. We focus on obstacles that arise from the social nature of the scientific enterprise, an aspect of science highlighted by the influential work of Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996), one of the most important- and controversial-philosophers of science in the 20th century. Kuhn analyzed science and its revolutionary changes in terms of the dynamics within scientific communities. Kuhn's approach helps us understand unconventional medical theories and practices such as biofield healing...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26665043/clinical-studies-of-biofield-therapies-summary-methodological-challenges-and-recommendations
#19
Shamini Jain, Richard Hammerschlag, Paul Mills, Lorenzo Cohen, Richard Krieger, Cassandra Vieten, Susan Lutgendorf
Biofield therapies are noninvasive therapies in which the practitioner explicitly works with a client's biofield (interacting fields of energy and information that surround living systems) to stimulate healing responses in patients. While the practice of biofield therapies has existed in Eastern and Western cultures for thousands of years, empirical research on the effectiveness of biofield therapies is still relatively nascent. In this article, we provide a summary of the state of the evidence for biofield therapies for a number of different clinical conditions...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26665042/challenges-for-preclinical-investigations-of-human-biofield-modalities
#20
REVIEW
Gloria Gronowicz, William Bengston, Garret Yount
Preclinical models for studying the effects of the human biofield have great potential to advance our understanding of human biofield modalities, which include external qigong, Johrei, Reiki, therapeutic touch, healing touch, polarity therapy, pranic healing, and other practices. A short history of Western biofield studies using preclinical models is presented and demonstrates numerous and consistent examples of human biofields significantly affecting biological systems both in vitro and in vivo. Methodological issues arising from these studies and practical solutions in experimental design are presented...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
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