Recent controlled studies in the field of gastroenterology have shown that hypnotherapy is unequivocally beneficial in conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and peptic ulceration. There is also some evidence for influence on certain physiological functions. Further research should help to define more clearly the role of this controversial form of therapy.
Likars'ka Sprava / Ministerstvo Okhorony Zdorov'ia Ukraïny
Results of a study are reported of a study of the concentration of biologically active substances such as histamine, serotonin, noradrenaline, adrenalin, corticotropin and indices of gastric secretion in ulcer disease patients at the stage of exacerbation receiving microwave resonance therapy and hypnotherapy. The obtained results evidence that hypnotherapy and microwave resonance therapy are pathogenetic methods of treatment of patients with ulcer disease. Combined treatment proved more effective.
Use of a traditional preparation of copper, tamrabhasma, has been suggested in Ayurvedic texts for peptic ulcer. The anti-ulcerogenic effect of copper per se has not been reported in the literature. In the present study the anti-ulcerogenic effect of tamrabhasma was observed in 8-h immobilised, 4-h pylorus-ligated, and aspirin-induced gastric ulcers in rats. The anti-ulcerogenic effect of the drug was also studied in histamine-induced gastric and duodenal ulcers in male guinea pigs. The minimal oral effective anti-ulcerogenic dose of tamrabhasma has been determined to be 1 mg/kg.
The widely known tree Abies pindrow (Talisapatra) (family: Pinaceae), famous for its diverse clinical uses in Ayurvedic medicines, was investigated to rationalise some of the ancient claims. The petroleum ether (PE), benzene (BE), chloroform (CE), acetone (AE) and ethanol (EE) extracts of A. pindrow leaf were found to have mast cell stabilizing action in rats. The EE, AE and BE extracts offered bronchoprotection against histamine challenge in guinea-pigs. The BE, CE and PE extracts had protective role in aspirin-induced ulcer in rats.
Benincasa hispida (B. hispida) is recommended in Ayurveda for the management of peptic ulcers. Therefore, anti-ulcerogenic activity of different extracts of B. hispida (fresh juice, supernatant and residue fraction of centrifuged juice, alcoholic and petroleum ether extract) were studied in aspirin plus restraint, swimming stress, indomethacin plus histamine and serotonin-induced ulcers in rats and mice. The oral feeding of different doses of the extract significantly reduced the ulcer index produced by various ulcerogens.