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Shiatsu as an adjuvant therapy for schizophrenia: an open-label pilot study.

Abstract Title: Shiatsu as an adjuvant therapy for schizophrenia: an open-label pilot study. Abstract Source: Altern Ther Health Med. 2009 Sep-Oct;15(5):44-6. PMID: 19771930 Abstract Author(s): Pesach Lichtenberg, Agnes Vass, Hamutal Ptaya, Shany Edelman, Uriel Heresco-Levy Article Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, Herzog Memorial Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel. Abstract: CONTEXT: Studies have suggested a possible role for shiatsu in treating a variety of mental and physical ailments. OBJECTIVE: To determine if shiatsu can provide clinical benefit to individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. DESIGN: An open-label pilot study. SETTING: An inpatient psychiatric ward at Herzog Memorial Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel. PATIENTS: Twelve hospitalized patients with chronic schizophrenia. INTERVENTION: Shiatsu treatment provided in a course of eight 40-minute biweekly sessions over 4 weeks. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: All subjects were evaluated at baseline, 2 weeks, 4 weeks (end of treatment), and 12 weeks (followup). The tools used for assessment included the Clinical Global Impression (CGI), the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS), the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS), the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D), the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A), and the Nurses' Observation Scale for Inpatient Evaluation (NOSIE). Side effects were measured using the Simpson-Angus Scale for Extrapyramidal Symptoms (SAS) and the Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS). RESULTS: On all scales of psychopathology and side effects, the subjects showed a statistically and clinically significant improvement by the end of treatment. This improvement was maintained at the 12-week follow-up. These findings, while encouraging, must be considered preliminary and require confirmation and cross-validation in larger-scale controlled studies. Article Published Date : Sep 01, 2009
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An Integrative Review of Acupressure Interventions for Older people: A focus on sleep quality, depression, anxiety and agitation.

Related Articles An Integrative Review of Acupressure Interventions for Older people: A focus on sleep quality, depression, anxiety and agitation. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Nov 14;: Authors: Hmwe NTT, Browne G, Mollart L, Allanson V, Chan SW Abstract OBJECTIVES: This integrative review aimed to synthesize studies that investigated the effects of acupressure on sleep quality, depression, anxiety, and agitation in older people, and to describe the acupressure procedures and techniques applied in the included studies. METHODS: A literature search was conducted using electronic databases including CINAHL, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and MEDLINE. The inclusion criteria for the review were studies examining the effect of acupressure in older people aged 60 years and above, measured the outcomes for sleep quality, depression, anxiety or agitation, applied body acupressure, and published in English language. The exclusion criteria were studies using auricular acupoints only, and articles published in any language other than English. Methodological quality of studies were assessed using the critical appraised tools developed by the Joanna Briggs Institute. The information about study design, findings and description of acupressure intervention were extracted, summarised and synthesized. RESULTS: A total of 225 articles were identified from the search and as well one article from cross-references. From there, a total of 19 studies were included in this review. Nine studies consistently showed positive effects of acupressure on sleep quality, and four studies consistently showed that acupressure reduced depression. The outcomes of acupressure on anxiety and agitation showed inconsistent findings, in which three studies measured anxiety and five studies measured agitation. There was also variation of acupressure techniques applied in the reviewed studies. CONCLUSION: This review found some emerging evidences that acupressure can be beneficial for older people who suffer from sleep problems and depression. Use of specific acupressure points, with standardised acupressure treatment protocols, may improve sleep quality and possibly psychological wellbeing of older people. Future research with well-designed mixed method studies are required to produce stronger evidence, as well as in-depth understanding of acupressure intervention in aged care context. PMID: 30430640 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]