1. Therapeutic effect of early applying hydrotherapy with Chinese drugs on children hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy].

[Article in Chinese]

Ma YZ, Zhai HY, Su CY.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19382472

 

Source

The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Zhengzhou.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To observe the therapeutic effect of hydrotherapy with Chinese drugs (HT-C) in early intervention on children hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).

METHODS:

HIE children were assigned to the treatment group and the control group, 50 in each, at random depending on the willingness of patients' parents. Both groups received the conventional functional training, according to the "0 -3-year-old early intervention outline", but for the treatment group, HT-C was applied additionally. Indexes for quality of sleep, gross motor function, severity of spasm and intellectual development were observed and compared before and after treatment to assess the therapeutic effects.

RESULTS:

Therapeutic effect in the treatment group was better than that in the control group in all the indexes observed, showing statistical significance (all P <0.05).

CONCLUSION:

Early intervention of HT-C could improve clinical symptom, promote the functional recovery and intellectual development in children HIE, and also could reduce or prevent the sequelae occurrence of the nervous system in them.

PMID:

19382472

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2. Laser therapy of painful shoulder and shoulder-hand syndrome in treatment of patients after the stroke.

Karabegović A, Kapidzić-Duraković S, Ljuca F.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19284397

 

Source

Clinic for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University Clinical Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tuzla, Trnovac b.b., 75 000 Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Abstract

The common complication after stroke is pain and dysfunction of shoulder of paralyzed arm, as well as the swelling of the hand. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of LASER therapy and to correlate with electrotherapy (TENS, stabile galvanization) in subjects after stroke. We analyzed 70 subjects after stroke with pain in shoulder and oedema of paralyzed hand. The examinees were divided in two groups of 35, and they were treated in the Clinic for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Tuzla during 2006 and 2007. Experimental group (EG) had a treatment with LASER, while the control group (CG) was treated with electrotherapy. Both groups had kinesis therapy and ice massage. All patients were examined on the admission and discharge by using the VAS, DASH, Barthel index and FIM. The pain intensity in shoulder was significantly reduced in EG (p<0,0001), swelling is lowered in EG (p=0,01). Barthel index in both groups was significant higher (p<0,01). DASH was significantly improved after LASER therapy in EG (p<0,01). EG had higher level of independency (p<0,01). LASER therapy used on EG shows significantly better results in reducing pain, swelling, disability and improvement of independency.

PMID: 19284397

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3. Treatment of 140 cerebral palsied children with a combined method based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and western medicine.

Zhou XJ, Zheng K.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15593394

 

Source

Affiliated Children's Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310003, China. Chzxj@zju.edu.cn

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To observe and evaluate a method that is effective and practical for treatment of cerebral palsied (CP) children in China.

METHOD:

The patient's age and disease type and individual specific conditions were considered in choosing therapy methods accordingly: Chinese herbs, acupuncture, auricular seed pressure, point finger pressing, massage, orthopedic hand manipulation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, language therapy, etc. Meanwhile we created a new CP treatment model that combines hospitalized treatment with family therapy.

RESULTS:

The majority of CP patients improved greatly in motor and social adaptation capacities after treatment. Wilcoxon paired rank sum test analysis showed that there were significant differences between the data before and after treatment (P<0.01).

CONCLUSION:

This combined therapy method, based on traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine plus family supplemental therapy, is an effective and practical treatment strategy for CP children in China.

PMID: 15593394

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PMCID: PMC1390761

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4. Commonalities in the central nervous system's involvement with complementary medical therapies: limbic morphinergic processes.

Esch T, Guarna M, Bianchi E, Zhu W, Stefano GB.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15173679

 

Source

Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Institute for General and Family Medicine, Berlin, Germany.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Currently, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are experiencing growing popularity, especially in former industrialized countries. However, most of the underlying physiological and molecular mechanisms as well as participating biological structures are still speculative. Specific and non-specific effects may play a role in CAM. Moreover, trust, belief, and expectation may be of importance, pointing towards common central nervous system (CNS) pathways involved in CAM.

MATERIAL/METHODS:

Four CAM approaches (acupuncture, meditation, music therapy, and massage therapy) were examined with regard to the CNS activity pattern involved. CNS commonalities between different approaches were investigated.

RESULTS:

Frontal/prefrontal and limbic brain structures play a role in CAM. Particularly, left-anterior regions of the brain and reward or motivation circuitry constituents are involved, indicating positive affect and emotion-related memory processing--accompanied by endocrinologic and autonomic functions--as crucial components of CAM effects. Thus, trust and belief in a therapist or positive therapy expectations seem to be important. However, besides common non-specific or subjective effects, specific (objective) physiological components also exist.

CONCLUSIONS:

Non-specific CNS commonalities are involved in various CAM therapies. Different therapeutic approaches physiologically overlap in the brain. However, molecular correspondents of the detected CNS analogies still have to be specified. In particular, fast acting autoregulatory signaling molecules presumably play a role. These may also be involved in the placebo response.

PMID: 15173679

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