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Melike Demir Doğan
OBJECTIVE: Pain is one of the most common symptoms and may lead to important psychological, mental, and physiological problems in individuals. According to data by The Center for Reiki Research, Reiki is an effective approach to decrease the levels of pain, depression, and anxiety. Therefore, the aim of this meta-analysis was to investigate the effect of Reiki on pain level. METHODS: Randomized controlled clinical trials in databases of Pubmed, ISI Web of Sciences, and Google Scholar were investigated...
March 10, 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Farnaz Jahantiqh, Abdolghani Abdollahimohammad, Mohammadreza Firouzkouhi, Vahid Ebrahiminejad
Patients with intervertebral disc herniation (IVDH) seek complementary and conventional medical therapies to manage related problems. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki compared with physiotherapy to relieve the lower back pain intensity and to improve the activities of daily living (ADL) in the IDVH patients. In this clinical trial study, 60 patients with IVDH were randomly assigned to one of the Reiki, physiotherapy, and drug therapy groups. The severity of pain and the ADL were measured using visual analog scale (VAS) pain and ADL-Instrumental ADL questionnaire before and after the intervention...
January 2018: J Evid Based Integr Med
Soohyun Kim, Lawrence Chang, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Sirin Gandhi, Dejan Jakimovski, Ellen Carl, Robert Zivadinov, Murali Ramanathan
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the factors associated with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) usage by multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Design, Setting/Location: Single-center, prospective clinical study at an academic MS center in the northeastern United States. METHODS: This study included CAM data from 524 MS patients and 304 healthy controls (HC) enrolled in a prospective study of clinical, neuroimaging, and environmental risk factors in MS at an academic MS Center...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Laura Iacorossi, Paolo Di Ridolfi, Liciano Bigiarini, Diana Giannarelli, Giuseppe Sanguineti
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients often report symptoms related to therapeutic treatment, whose management is based on traditional medicine. In recent years, however, there has been growing interest towards adopting some form of complementary medicine, among these, Reiki. The aim of this study is to evaluate how this type of discipline can contribute to managing radiotherapy-related symptoms in patients with head and neck cancer. METHOD: The study was performed in the Radiotherapy Department at the Regina Elena National Cancer Institute in Rome...
October 2017: Professioni Infermieristiche
Thomas McGregor, Alp Sener, Steven Paraskevas, Brian Reikie
Kidney paired donation (KPD) programs are an effort to bridge the disparity between kidney supply and demand. These programs combine several incompatible donor-recipient pairs in a national paired exchange database, thereby increasing the number of compatible matches. But KPD programs face unique challenges, particularly the large distances that often separate donors and recipients. Here we discuss key factors to consider when transitioning from a donor travelling model to a kidney shipment model in the Canadian context...
January 24, 2018: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
Kohei Okada, Tomoyuki Endo, Daigo Hashimoto, Tomoyuki Saga, Takahide Ara, Reiki Ogasawara, Atsushi Yasumoto, Makoto Ibata, Mutsumi Takahata, Akio Shigematsu, Takeshi Kondo, Yasunori Muraosa, Toshifumi Nomura, Hiromi Kanno-Okada, Satoshi Hashino, Shinya Tanaka, Katsuhiko Kamei, Takanori Teshima
Disseminated fusariosis (DF) is a rare life threatening fungal infection in immunocompromised hosts. We herein report a case of a fatal DF mimicking varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection that was emerged from a localized genital infection during cord blood transplantation (CBT) in a patient with severe aplastic anemia (SAA). The patient developed an ulcer following small painful vesicles mimics herpes simplex virus infection (HSV) on the glans penis before CBT, but a Fusarium species was identified. Despite administration of voriconazole, liposomal amphotericin B and granulocyte transfusion, the lesion was extended to extensive skin looked like VZV infection and the patients died after CBT...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Shuichiro Takahashi, Daigo Hashimoto, Eiko Hayase, Reiki Ogasawara, Hiroyuki Ohigashi, Takahide Ara, Emi Yokoyama, Ko Ebata, Satomi Matsuoka, Geoffrey Hill, Junichi Sugita, Masahiro Onozawa, Takanori Teshima
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is the major complication after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT). Emerging evidence indicates that GVHD leads to injury of intestinal stem cells. However, it remains to be investigated whether skin stem cells could be targeted in skin GVHD. Lgr5+ hair follicle stem cells (HFSCs) contribute to folliculogenesis and have a multipotent capacity to regenerate all epithelial cells in repair. We studied the fate of Lgr5+ HFSCs after SCT and explored the novel treatment to protect Lgr5+ HFSCs against GVHD using murine models of SCT...
January 23, 2018: Blood
Norikazu Masuda, Reiki Nishimura, Masato Takahashi, Kenichi Inoue, Shinji Ohno, Hiroji Iwata, Yuko Mori, Satoshi Hashigaki, Yasuaki Muramatsu, Takashi Nagasawa, Yoshiko Umeyama, Masakazu Toi
This single-arm, open-label, phase II study in 42 Japanese postmenopausal patients with estrogen receptor-positive/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (ER+/HER2-) advanced breast cancer evaluated the efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics of first-line palbociclib (125 mg once daily, 3 weeks on/1 week off) coadministered with letrozole (2.5 mg once daily). Primary endpoint of investigator-assessed 1-year progression-free survival (PFS) probability was 75.0% (90% CI, 61.3%-84.4%), far surpassing the 40% lower limit of the 90% CI supporting efficacy...
January 18, 2018: Cancer Science
Rosanne Marie Radziewicz, Sandra Wright-Esber, Julie Zupancic, Deb Gargiulo, Patricia Woodall
The incidence of opioid abuse and subsequent drug withdrawal is exponentially on the rise in the United States for many populations including newborns who are born to drug-addicted mothers. These newborns often exhibit symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) within 24 to 72 hours of birth. Treatment of NAS includes monitoring of withdrawal symptoms, managing physiological parameters, and the use of supportive and pharmacologic treatments. Although a few randomized controlled trials exist, studies on supportive intervention are generally limited by small sample sizes, case study reports, expert opinions, and descriptive design...
January 8, 2018: Holistic Nursing Practice
Kathi J Kemper, Ellie Hill
BACKGROUND: Patient demand and clinician interest have driven professional training in integrative therapies, but few rigorous evaluations have been published. METHODS: This project evaluated the proof of concept of training in acupressure, guided imagery, massage, and Reiki on clinicians' sense of self-efficacy in providing nondrug therapies, self-confidence in providing compassionate care, and engagement with work. RESULTS: Three out of 4 topics met minimum enrollment numbers; 22 of 24 participants completed follow-up as well as pretraining surveys...
October 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Eiko Hayase, Daigo Hashimoto, Kiminori Nakamura, Clara Noizat, Reiki Ogasawara, Shuichiro Takahashi, Hiroyuki Ohigashi, Yuki Yokoi, Rina Sugimoto, Satomi Matsuoka, Takahide Ara, Emi Yokoyama, Tomohiro Yamakawa, Ko Ebata, Takeshi Kondo, Rina Hiramine, Tomoyasu Aizawa, Yoshitoshi Ogura, Tetsuya Hayashi, Hiroshi Mori, Ken Kurokawa, Kazuma Tomizuka, Tokiyoshi Ayabe, Takanori Teshima
The intestinal microbial ecosystem is actively regulated by Paneth cell-derived antimicrobial peptides such as α-defensins. Various disorders, including graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), disrupt Paneth cell functions, resulting in unfavorably altered intestinal microbiota (dysbiosis), which further accelerates the underlying diseases. Current strategies to restore the gut ecosystem are bacteriotherapy such as fecal microbiota transplantation and probiotics, and no physiological approach has been developed so far...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
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
David E McManus
This study reviews the available clinical studies of Reiki to determine whether there is evidence for Reiki providing more than just a placebo effect. The available English-language literature of Reiki was reviewed, specifically for peer-reviewed clinical studies with more than 20 participants in the Reiki treatment arm, controlling for a placebo effect. Of the 13 suitable studies, 8 demonstrated Reiki being more effective than placebo, 4 found no difference but had questionable statistical resolving power, and only one provided clear evidence for not providing benefit...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Virginia S Cowen, Robin Streit Miccio, Bijal Parikh
Massage offers cancer patients general quality of life benefits as well as alleviation of cancer-related symptoms/cancer-treatment-related symptoms including pain, anxiety, and fatigue. Little is known about whether massage is accessible to cancer patients who receive treatment in the outpatient setting and how massage is incorporated into the overall cancer treatment plan. Outpatient cancer centers (n = 78) in a single metropolitan area were included this mixed-methods project that included a systematic analysis of website information and a telephone survey...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Sejal J Patel, Kathi J Kemper, Joseph P Kitzmiller
Over recent decades, the demand for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has continued to rise in the US. Like the practice of traditional Western medicine, CAM is associated with not only significant health benefits but also significant risks. Unlike traditional Western medicine, however, much of CAM use is less regulated and often occurs unbeknownst to a patient's medical doctor. The use of herbals, dietary supplements, and over-the-counter (OTC) medications can result in adverse effects, and many significant interactions can occur when their use is combined with allopathic medications...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
B A Reikie, T Kroczak, T B McGregor
BACKGROUND: A primary obstacle to providing renal transplantation is limited access to donated kidneys. The living-donor pool for renal allografts was greatly expanded through implementation of a kidney paired donation program. Whereas some programs ship donor kidneys to the site of renal transplantation, others send the donor to the site of transplantation. Performing the nephrectomy and transplantation at the same location may optimize functional renal outcomes, but preferred surgical approaches may differ between surgical teams performing the donor workup and donor surgery...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
Andrea Chirico, Giuseppe D'Aiuto, Antonella Penon, Luca Mallia, Michelino DE Laurentiis, Fabio Lucidi, Gerardo Botti, Antonio Giordano
BACKGROUND/AIM: Self-efficacy for coping with cancer plays a critical role in influencing psychological cancer-related outcomes, some studies suggested its role in enhancing or reducing the effects of psychological interventions in cancer patients. Reiki has recently been included among the efficacious complementary therapeutic intervention for cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The present study evaluated the role of self-efficacy for coping with cancer as buffer of the Reiki treatment effects on cancer-related symptoms in a randomized controlled trial (intervention versus control group) of breast cancer patients (N=110) during the pre-surgery phase...
July 2017: Anticancer Research
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
Debra Kramlich
In response to the rising demand by patients and their families for complementary health approaches, hospitals are increasingly integrating complementary health approaches with their conventional medical practices to create healing environments. Results of the 2010 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Survey of Hospitals indicated that the top 6 inpatient modalities included pet therapy, massage therapy, music or art therapy, guided imagery, relaxation therapy, and Reiki and therapeutic touch. Whether complementary health approaches are provided by complementary health practitioners through hospital-based integrative medicine programs, volunteer practitioners, or bedside nurses, the regulatory, legal, ethical, and safety concerns remain constant...
June 2017: Critical Care Nurse
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
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