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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29598986/rhythmical-massage-improves-autonomic-nervous-system-function-a-single-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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Georg Seifert, Jenny-Lena Kanitz, Carolina Rihs, Ingrid Krause, Katharina Witt, Andreas Voss
BACKGROUND: Rhythmical massage therapy (RMT) is a massage technique used in anthroposophic medicine. OBJECTIVE: The authors aimed to investigate the physiological action of RMT on the cardiovascular system by analysing heart rate variability (HRV). DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND INTERVENTION: This study was a randomised, controlled and single-blinded trial, involving 44 healthy women (mean age: (26.20 ± 4.71) years). The subjects were randomised to one of three arms: RMT with aromatic oil (RA), RMT without aromatic oil (RM) or standardised sham massage (SM)...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29588576/a-4-year-non-randomized-comparative-phase-iv-study-of-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-integrative-anthroposophic-medicine-for-patients-with-preference-against-dmards-versus-conventional-therapy-including-dmards-for-patients-without-preference
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Harald J Hamre, Van N Pham, Christian Kern, Rolf Rau, Jörn Klasen, Ute Schendel, Lars Gerlach, Attyla Drabik, Ludger Simon
Background: While disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are a mainstay of therapy for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), some patients with early RA refuse DMARDs. In anthroposophic medicine (AM), a treatment strategy for early RA without DMARDs has been developed. Preliminary data suggest that RA symptoms and inflammatory markers can be reduced under AM, without DMARDs. Patients and methods: Two hundred and fifty-one self-selected patients aged 16-70 years, starting treatment for RA of <3 years duration, without prior DMARD therapy, participated in a prospective, non-randomized, comparative Phase IV study...
2018: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29561303/effect-of-a-complementary-integrative-medicine-treatment-program-on-taxane-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-a-brief-report
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Eran Ben-Arye, Yaron River, Yael Keshet, Ofer Lavie, Pesi Israeli L, Noah Samuels
OBJECTIVE: Peripheral neuropathy is a common complication of cancer treatment impairing quality of life and function. This study explored the impact of a complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) program on taxane-induced peripheral neuropathy (TIPN). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Taxane-treated female patients with breast and gynecological cancer reporting TIPN-related symptoms were referred to an integrative physician, followed by patient-tailored CIM treatments (acupuncture with/without other modalities)...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29392483/crossing-the-death-threshold-experiencing-multi-disciplinary-end-of-life-integrative-oncology-training
#4
Eran Ben-Arye, Yael Keshet, Maria Livas, Thomas Breitkreuz
OBJECTIVE: Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) is acknowledged in more and more oncology-care centers as part of supportive and palliative cancer care. However, only limited research is available on medical training of CIM practitioners regarding end-of-life (EOL) care. In this study, we assess the impact of multi-disciplinary EOL training on cultural-diverse groups of CIM-trained healthcare practitioners (HCPs) working in integrative oncology care settings in Germany and Israel...
February 1, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210253/should-anthroposophic-medicinal-products-be-regulated-in-europe
#5
Geneviève Michaux
European Commission’s reports suggest that the European Union should address the status of anthroposophic products, i.e. products that are developed, manufactured and prescribed in accordance with the holistic approach on which anthroposophic medicine is based. Anthroposophic products cannot be placed as such on the European market because they cannot meet the marketing authorisation or even registration requirements set out by European or national pharmaceutical law. Yet, the 95-year European tradition and good safety profile of anthroposophic products justify giving them an easier access to market...
March 2017: European Journal of Health Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965336/use-and-safety-of-anthroposophic-medicinal-products-an-analysis-of-44-662-patients-from-the-evamed-pharmacovigilance-network
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Harald Johan Hamre, Anja Glockmann, Kirsten Heckenbach, Harald Matthes
BACKGROUND: There is a need for data on the clinical safety of anthroposophic medicinal products (AMPs). OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this analysis was to determine the frequency of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to AMPs, relative to the number of AMP prescriptions. METHODS: EvaMed (Evaluation of Anthroposophic Medicine) was a prospective pharmacovigilance study with the patients of 38 physicians in outpatient care in Germany. Diagnoses and prescriptions were extracted from the electronic medical records...
December 2017: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803238/the-contribution-of-anthroposophic-medicine-to-self-management-an-exploration-of-concepts-evidence-and-patient-perspectives
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Erik W Baars, Evi B Koster, John Verhoef
BACKGROUND: In Western healthcare policies, promotion of self-management of patients is an important topic. Currently, there is also a worldwide interest in the integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and conventional medicine into integrative medicine. This article explores the contribution of anthroposophic medicine (AM) to the promotion of self-management of patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The scientific literature on concepts of, evidence on and experiences of patients with AM was explored...
2017: Complementary Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999605/fever-views-in-anthroposophic-medicine-and-their-scientific-validity
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REVIEW
David D Martin
Objective. To conduct a scoping review to characterize how fever is viewed in anthroposophic medicine (AM) and discuss the scientific validity of these views. Methods. Systematic searches were run in Medline, Embase, CAMbase, and Google Scholar. Material from anthroposophic medical textbooks and articles was also used. Data was extracted and interpreted. Results. Most of the anthroposophic literature on this subject is in the German language. Anthroposophic physicians hold a beneficial view on fever, rarely suppress fever with antipyretics, and often use complementary means of alleviating discomfort...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660088/antibacterial-in-vitro-effects-of-preparations-from-anthroposophical-medicine
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Eva Roser, Carsten Gründemann, Inge Engels, Roman Huber
BACKGROUND: Medications from Anthroposophical Medicine (AM) are clinically used for the treatment of infections within a whole medical system but have not yet been evaluated regarding antibacterial effects. The aims of this study was to investigate antibacterial activity of AM medications in cell culture. METHODS: Screening of AM drug registers for preparations used to treat any kind of infection and being available in dilutions ≤ D2 and without alcoholic content...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27644046/a-general-pediatrics-and-integrative-medicine-approach-to-pervasive-refusal-syndrome-a-case-report
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Tido Von Schoen-Angerer, Elisabeth Helmschmidt, René Madeleyn, Reinhard Kindt, Christoph Möller, Gunver Sophia Kienle, Jan Vagedes
INTRODUCTION: Pervasive refusal syndrome (PRS) describes children with social withdrawal who become unable to walk, eat, or care for themselves. This case report examines whether an integrative medicine approach is useful for treating PRS. CASE PRESENTATION: A seven-year-old girl with symptoms most consistent with PRS and depression was admitted to a pediatric ward in Germany that integrates conventional pediatric and psychosomatic care with anthroposophic medicine...
2016: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27239209/intravenous-mistletoe-treatment-in-integrative-cancer-care-a-qualitative-study-exploring-the-procedures-concepts-and-observations-of-expert-doctors
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Gunver S Kienle, Milena Mussler, Dieter Fuchs, Helmut Kiene
Background. Mistletoe therapy (MT) is widely used in patient-centered integrative cancer care. The objective of this study was to explore the concepts, procedures, and observations of expert doctors, with a focus on intravenous MT. Method. A qualitative interview study was conducted with 35 highly experienced doctors specialized in integrative and anthroposophic medicine. Structured qualitative content analysis was applied. For triangulation, the results were compared with external evidence that was systematically collected, reviewed, and presented...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27220081/bryophyllum-pinnatum-and-related-species-used-in-anthroposophic-medicine-constituents-pharmacological-activities-and-clinical-efficacy
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REVIEW
Karin Fürer, Ana Paula Simões-Wüst, Ursula von Mandach, Matthias Hamburger, Olivier Potterat
Bryophyllum pinnatum (syn. Kalanchoe pinnata) is a succulent perennial plant native to Madagascar that was introduced in anthroposophic medicine in the early 20th century. In recent years, we conducted a large collaborative project to provide reliable data on the chemical composition, pharmacological properties, and clinical efficacy of Bryophyllum. Here, we comprehensively review the phytochemistry, as well as the pharmacological and clinical data. As to the pharmacology, special emphasis is given to properties related to the use in anthroposophic medicine as a treatment for "hyperactivity diseases", such as preterm labor, restlessness, and sleep disorders...
July 2016: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27151589/individualized-integrative-cancer-care-in-anthroposophic-medicine-a-qualitative-study-of-the-concepts-and-procedures-of-expert-doctors
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Gunver S Kienle, Milena Mussler, Dieter Fuchs, Helmut Kiene
Background Cancer patients widely seek integrative oncology which embraces a wide variety of treatments and system approaches. Objective To investigate the concepts, therapeutic goals, procedures, and working conditions of integrative oncology doctors in the field of anthroposophic medicine. Methods This qualitative study was based on in-depth interviews with 35 highly experienced doctors working in hospitals and office-based practices in Germany and other countries. Structured qualitative content analysis was applied to examine the data...
December 2016: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26973967/eva-between-anxiety-and-hope-integrating-anthroposophic-music-therapy-in-supportive-oncology-care
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Eran Ben-Arye, Yotam Ben-Arye, Yael Barak
Music therapy is a significant modality in the treatment of patients with cancer, who suffer emotional and spiritual distress as well as chemotherapy side effects that impair their quality of life. In this article, we present a case study of a patient challenged with recurrent ovarian cancer who received, concomitant with chemotherapy, a special form of music therapy based on anthroposophic medicine (AM) aimed at alleviating anxiety and improving her general well-being. AM-centered music therapy goals are discussed in regard to two modes of treatment: receptive listening and clinical composition...
November 30, 2015: Health Psychology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26955394/colchicum-autumnale-in-patients-with-goitre-with-euthyroidism-or-mild-hyperthyroidism-indications-for-a-therapeutic-regulative-effect-results-of-an-observational-study
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Christian Scheffer, Marion Debus, Christian Heckmann, Dirk Cysarz, Matthias Girke
Introduction. Goitre with euthyroid function or with subclinical or mild hyperthyroidism due to thyroid autonomy is common. In anthroposophic medicine various thyroid disorders are treated with Colchicum autumnale (CAU). We examined the effects of CAU in patients with goitre of both functional states. Patients and methods. In an observational study, 24 patients with goitre having suppressed thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels with normal or slightly elevated free thyroxine (fT4) and free triiodothyronine (fT3) (group 1, n = 12) or normal TSH, fT3, and fT4 (group 2, n = 12) were included...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26513370/usage-of-complementary-medicine-in-switzerland-results-of-the-swiss-health-survey-2012-and-development-since-2007
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Sabine D Klein, Loredana Torchetti, Martin Frei-Erb, Ursula Wolf
BACKGROUND: Complementary medicine (CM) is popular in Switzerland. Several CM methods (traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, homeopathy, anthroposophic medicine, neural therapy, and herbal medicine) are currently covered by the mandatory basic health insurance when performed by a certified physician. Treatments by non-medical therapists are partially covered by a supplemental and optional health insurance. In this study, we investigated the frequency of CM use including the evolvement over time, the most popular methods, and the user profile...
2015: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26365448/a-randomised-controlled-single-blinded-study-on-the-impact-of-a-single-rhythmical-massage-anthroposophic-medicine-on-well-being-and-salivary-cortisol-in-healthy-adults
#17
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Jenny Lena Kanitz, Marcus Reif, Carolina Rihs, Ingrid Krause, Georg Seifert
BACKGROUND: Rhythmical massage (RM) has evolved from classical massage and is based on the principles of Anthroposophic medicine. The goal of this randomized, single-blinded study was to assess the efficacy of a single RM intervention with either aroma oil (RA) or a neutral oil (RM) compared to a sham massage (SM) on several dimensions of well-being and salivary cortisol in a laboratory setting. METHODS: 118 healthy adults (mean age: 25.2 years; SD: 4.7) were randomized to one of three groups (RM, RA or SM)...
October 2015: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26276416/a-model-on-how-to-obtain-data-from-botanical-practitioners
#18
Siegward M Elsas
OBJECTIVE: This paper addresses the challenge on how to obtain information from practitioners with experience in using medicinal plants. BACKGROUND: Collecting information on medicinal uses of plants is very challenging; since botanical remedies are used within the context of multiple differing medical systems, practitioners differ in training from Western physicians and scientists, and active ingredients of botanicals vary with preparation method, growth, and harvest conditions...
November 2015: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26156760/immunomodulatory-effects-of-preparations-from-anthroposophical-medicine-for-parenteral-use
#19
Carsten Gründemann, Christoph Diegel, Barbara Sauer, Manuel Garcia-Käufer, Roman Huber
BACKGROUND: Preparations from anthroposophical medicine (AM) are clinically used to treat inflammatory disorders. We wanted to investigate effects of a selection of AM medications for parenteral use in cell-based systems in vitro. METHODS: Colchicum officinale tuber D3, Mandragora D3, Rosmarinus officinale 5% and Bryophyllum 5% were selected for the experiments. Induction of apoptosis and necrosis (human lymphocytes and dendritic cells [DCs]) and proliferation of lymphocytes as well as maturation (expression of CD14, CD83 and CD86) and cytokine secretion (IL-10, IL12p70) of DCs were analyzed...
2015: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26047615/eurythmy-therapy-increases-specific-oscillations-of-heart-rate-variability
#20
Friedrich Edelhäuser, Antje Minnerop, Barbara Trapp, Arndt Büssing, Dirk Cysarz
BACKGROUND: Mind-body therapies are beneficial for several diseases (e.g. chronic pain, arterial hypertension, mood disorders). Eurythmy therapy (EYT) is a mind-body therapy from Anthroposophic Medicine. In each EYT exercise a short sequence of body movements and simultaneous guided imagery is repeated several times. In this study, the simultaneous effects of two different EYT exercises on cardiac autonomic regulation as assessed by spectral analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) were investigated...
2015: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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