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Alternative & Integrative Medicine

ISSN: 2327-5162

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Volume 10, Issue 2 (2021)

    Research Article Pages: 1 - 8

    Changes in Self-Reported Depression, Anxiety and Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptomatology from the Emotion Code Energy Healing Modality

    Gelb Y1*, Castaneda S2, Castaneda L2, and Allison-Aipa T3

    Objective: Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anxiety are on the rise in America. The current study was the first of its kind,
    highlighting the effects of the Emotion Code, and contributed to the research on alternative healing.
    Materials and Methods: This research evaluated whether the EC healing modality had a significant impact on a population of 146 participants.
    Individuals completed pre- and post-treatment assessments measuring depression, anxiety and PTSD symptomatology, as well as sociodemographic
    characteristics. The measures utilized were self-report questionnaires including: the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5), Zung Anxiety Scale, and
    Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9); they were administered pre-treatment and post-treatment and the scores were compared. The treatment
    administered is called The Emotion Code, which is a modality that utilizes manual muscle testing and energy healing to access the subconscious
    mind that locates trapped emotions in the body and releases them with the use of intention.
    Results: Results show significant decreases in symptomatology in all three mental health categories. These results suggest that the EC healing
    method may be a useful tool in aiding to decrease reported symptoms in the areas of anxiety, PTSD, and depression.
    Conclusion: This was the first study of its kind, and future studies should be conducted to replicate the results, and compare a treatment group
    with a comparable control group.

    Editor Note Pages: 11 - 11

    Editorial Note on Alternative & Integrative Medicine -Auriculotherapy

    Richard Niemtzow

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    Editorial Note on Alternative & Integrative Medicine - Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Cathy Wong

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    Editor Note Pages: 13 - 14

    Editorial Note on Alternative & Integrative Medicine - Holistic Medicine

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    Mini Review Pages: 9 - 10

    Hanno Project: Spanning the Arc from Traditional Gyoki to Classical Medicine

    Vidan D and Oliver F

    Within the Swiss research project "Hanno" (derived from an old strategy in Japanese sword fighting) the process of self-healing induced by Gyoki touch is experimentally analyzed. For this purpose, different state-of-the-art measurement technologies are evaluated in order to enable the observation of the effects caused by Gyoki touch and to deterministically document their modes of action. So far, two studies have been published using infrared screening on the one hand and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) monitoring on the other hand; both methods are suitable for measuring Gyoki induced self-healing processes and enable insights into the effects and functioning principles of Gyoki touch.

    Volume 10, Issue 3 (2021)

      Review Pages: 1 - 10

      Advantage of Yoga in the Treatment of Primary Headache

      Roni Sharon

      Primary headache and Migraine are common conditions in every society and are the 6th leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting approximately 12% of Americans and millions worldwide, resulting in an inability to attend work or school for at least 1 day every 3 months. Numerous pharmacological options exist for headaches treatment, but these therapies come at high cost and carry numerous potential adverse effects. Yoga is an ancient Indian non-religious technique that is known to aid in treatments of chronic conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, hypertension and diabetes, and have a substantial effect on reducing headache burden. Research studies have been conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of yoga lifestyle modifications and exercise on chronic pain syndromes, specifically in primary headache and migraine. Yoga was shown to improves quality of life, reduce headache intensity and headache frequency, when used alone or as an adjuvant to conventional therapy and show a significant decrease in headache frequency and intensity along with a reduction in the use of symptomatic medication. Yoga, being a slow non-exertional aerobic exercise, enhances mood and alleviates stress and depression in adults and invaluable treatment alternative in the pediatric population, where it can create a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

      Research Article Pages: 13 - 17

      Efficacy of Cupping Therapy Compared to Acupuncturein Patients with Periarthritis of Shoulder - A Comparative Study

      Sujithra TS, Mangayarkarasi N, Manavalan N, and Prabu P

      Background: Periarthritis Shoulder (PAS) is a major musculoskeletal disability characterized by insidious onset, progressive pain and loss of active and passive mobility in the glenohumeral joint. The incidence of PAS is between 3%-5% in the general population and as high as 20% among individuals with diabetes. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Cupping therapy and Acupuncture plays major role in treating PAS. Cupping therapy is the ancient technique of healing which restores the balance between Yin-Yang by strengthening the body resistance, ejecting the pathogenic factors, and promoting blood circulation to alleviate the pain. The aim of the study is to compare the Effectiveness of Cupping Therapy on Local points SI.15 (Jianzhongshu), GB.21 (Chienching), SI.9 (Chiencheng) and Acupuncture at specific point St.38 (Tiaokou) on PAS. Methods: Sixty subjects were randomly assigned into Cupping therapy group (CTG, n=30) and Acupuncture group (AG, n=30). Both groups were assessed at baseline and at the end of 4 sessions for Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), Shoulder Pain and Its Disability Index (SPADI) and the range of motion (ROM). Intervention was given weekly once for four weeks. In CTG, Sterile fiber glass cups are placed over the Acupuncture points like SI.15 (Jianzhongshu), GB.21 (Chienching) and SI.9 (Chiencheng) for 20 min. For AG, Sterile needle was placed for 20 min on St. 38 (Tiaokou). Results: Both Cupping therapy and Acupuncture groups, shows improvements within the group in VAS, total SPADI score and ROM. But Cupping therapy shows significant changes in both statistically and clinically in VAS score (p<0.001), pain index (p<0.003), disability index (p<0.002), total SPADI score (p<0.001), shoulder flexion (p<0.005), abduction (p<0.05) and external rotation (p<0.05). Conclusion: Cupping Therapy and Acupuncture may have similar effect in management of shoulder pain and its restriction which was measured through VAS, SPADI and range of motion–flexion, abduction and external rotation. However Cupping Therapy showed higher therapeutic benefits on patients with PAS.

      Research Article Pages: 19 - 22

      Potential Benefits of Falun Gong Practice in COVID-19 Pandemic

      Yan W, Weng J, Chang DM, and He M

      Objective: The COVID-19 pandemic is the largest public health crisis of this century. Challenges include the overactive immune responses such as cytokine storm and hyper-inflammation, increased likelihood of severe complications in high-risk populations, limited treatment options mainly based on supportive care and potential long-term complications from clinical management. Falun Gong was the most popular qigong in China before 1999. Limited studies have demonstrated significant positive effects of Falun Gong practice on Health Related Quality Of Life (HRQOL), cellular function and gene expression. A health survey using SF36 in Taiwan revealed significantly higher HRQOL and abstinence of unhealthy behavior including smoking among Falun Gong followers. The health benefits were also observed in those 60 years and older, and those with previous chronic conditions, all of which are among the high-risk populations in COVID-19 for severe complications. Gene expression and cellular study results of Falun Gong practice were characterized by enhanced immunity, down regulation of cellular metabolism, and alteration of apoptotic genes in favor of a rapid resolution of inflammation. Biophysical and bio-energy study demonstrated enhanced energy field and cellular function. We hypothesized that the practice could play a potentially significant role in supporting the prevention, treatment and reducing long-term complications of COVID-19. Methods and Results: By searching the internet using diagnosis as keywords, including “SARS”, “Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia”, “Pulmonary Fibrosis”, and “Femoral Head Necrosis”, we found different number of cases in which patients recovered by learning and practicing Falun Gong. Conclusion: These results suggest potential benefits of Falun Gong practice in the prevention, treatment and prognosis in COVID-19 and warrant further studies.

      Mini Review Pages: 23 - 26

      A Compendium of Global Traditional and Alternative Medicine: An Only Alternative to Thwart the Disease in the Current Scenario of the COVID Pandemic

      Diksha, Gaurav Badoni, and Manju O. Pai

      Introduction: For centuries medicinal plants serve as a curative agent for many respiratory viruses. The emergence of another respiratory virus i.e. SARS-CoV-2 has already affected many lives worldwide. The unavailability of antivirals drugs and vaccines against COVID-19 has drawn attention to alternative therapy. This review article focused on the antiviral activity of medicinal plants as an alternative therapy to combat COVID-19. Materials and Methods: Literature search was performed using scientific web portals including PubMed, Google Scholar, Scopus, and Science Direct. This covered articles published in English language from 1953-2020 for antiviral activity of medicinal plants against respiratory viruses. Data from Clinical Trials Registry- India was used to assess the current herbal trials used for the treatment of COVID-19. Results: Studies showed that medicinal plants significantly inhibit the pathogenesis of respiratory viruses by acting as an immune booster, inhibiting viral attachment, entry, and replication into the host cell. Some of the proven ones for their antiviral efficiency are Ashwagandha (Withania sominifera), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), and Giloy (Tinospora cardifolia). Conclusion: From the above finding, it can be anticipated that these medicinal plants may provide antiviral compounds in the future and can be used as an alternative therapy against COVID-19.

      Short Communication Pages: 11 - 12

      Successful Management of Hypothyroidism through Ayurveda: A Case Study

      Rishu Sharma and Gyanendra Datta Shukla

      Hypothyroidism is the major endocrine disorder seen in general population. It is characterized by the deficiency of thyroid hormones to abnormal levels. This condition leads to the reduction in Basal metabolic rate, affects physical and mental growth during infancy or childhood. Its prevalence is 4.6% in the developed world. Modern line of management includes the use of synthetic thyroxine drugs(levothyroxine) or hormone replacement therapy which causes a patient to develop dependency on the drug for life time. Hence a better line of management is the need of this present era which not only helps managing the disease but also not develops dependency. A Hindu, married, 45yr old Female patient visited the outpatient department of the institute, Rishikul, with complaint of k/c/o Hypothyroidism with Sudden Weight gain, hair fall, Anxiety. After administration of Virechana, much better results were seen in just 7 months. During the entire treatment procedure, patient didn’t take any allopathic medication.

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