Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
In the public funded healthcare arena, acupuncture is delivered with 'disease' as the defining label that grants access to funding. This funding process is regulated by recommendations derived from systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials. However, 'off-label' use of acupuncture, outside established indications like pain or nausea, happens frequently, though there is a paucity of data about this situation. The case of a young man with weakness and fatigue as residuum of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis highlights the situation.
Fantasies concerning an amputated limb can contribute to the occurrence of persistent phantom limb pain. We report a case in which burning pain perceived as located in the amputated lower extremities was related to the patient's feelings about incineration of the removed limbs against her wishes. Hypnotherapy involving elucidation of the fantasy and suggestion was successfully employed in this case and may be a helpful approach in other such cases.
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose was to evaluate the effects on patients' pain perception of educating interventional radiology personnel in nonpharmacologic analgesia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety-six patients undergoing lower-extremity arteriography or percutaneous nephrostomy were asked to rate the pain they experienced during the procedure on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = no pain, 1 = mild pain, 2 = moderate pain, 3 = severe pain, 4 = very severe pain, 5 = worst pain possible).
OBJECTIVE: Consensus has not been achieved on the presence of unconscious memory of messages in general anesthesia for methodological reasons. Our objective was to apply a model of anesthesia that allows for clinical control of the level of hypnosis in order to evaluate the presence and characteristics of implicit memory in deep sedation with propofol. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We randomly assigned 48 consecutive patients undergoing lower limb surgery to two groups.
The objective of this article is to provide a brief, but critical, overview of the evidence related to complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) use, and to offer valid and useful information for dermatologists in clinical practice. Systematic literature searches were conducted on these databases: Medline, EMBASE, The Cochrane Library, CISCOM and AMED (until October 2000). Where appropriate, the evaluation of the published literature was based on systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials.
The aim of the experiment was to investigate whether the peculiar attentional/imagery abilities associated with susceptibility to hypnosis might make postural control in highly hypnotizable subjects (Highs) that are less vulnerable to sensory alteration than in individuals with low hypnotic susceptibility (Lows). The movement of the centre of pression (CoP) was monitored in Highs and Lows during alteration of the visual and leg proprioceptive input. The two groups responded differently to eyes closure and to an unstable support and the CoP movement was generally larger and faster in Highs.