Alternative Medicine Checks in to the Hospital

| October 1, 2012 | 0 Comments | 4 views

As alternative medicine becomes more and more mainstream, patients includingJan Alcott and Carroll Clark are now being offered massages, acupuncture, andother complementary therapy along with their standard medical treatment. Andthe results are excellent, according to preliminary studies now underway atCedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Alcott and Clark recently participated in studies that allowed them toreceive massage therapy, acupuncture, or guided imagery after undergoingopen-heart surgery.

"Our patients have gone through a very dramatic event and they're oftenin a great deal of discomfort," states study leader Gregory P. Fontana, MD,a heart surgeon at Cedars-Sinai in a written press release. "I've alwaysbelieved that massage and other therapies can be very powerful in helpingpatients relax. If they can allow themselves to relax, accept what hashappened, and realize a state of well-being, pain becomes a less important partof their consciousness."

Fontana's studies on the benefits of massage and acupuncture (the insertionof tiny needles at specific points on the body) are now in their final stages,while the study using guided imagery is just beginning. Guided imagery aims tomake beneficial physical changes in the body by repeatedly visualizing them.These experiments, Fontana says, will pave the way toward larger studies.

Alcott, 62, a resident of Englewood, Calif., received a daily massage forthe week and a half after he underwent heart surgery. "It waswonderful," he tells WebMD. "I found that it relieved a lot of mytension and discomfort."

Within 15 minutes of the therapy, Alcott says he was so relaxed that heactually fell asleep.

Carroll Clark, 53, a salesperson in Ridgecrest, Calif., had a similarexperience when she received acupuncture for 20 minutes a day while in thehospital after undergoing bypass surgery on four clogged heart arteries inApril.

"I had no pain when I was in the hospital," she tells WebMD. "Iactually thought I was on pain medication when I wasn't."

Mitchell Gaynor, MD, has been on the front lines of such complementary carefor several years. He is director of medical oncology and integrative medicineat Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York City.

"Our major focus is in cancer treatment and cancer prevention, and wehold weekly meditation groups for cancer patients and their families," saysGaynor, the author of several books including "Sounds of Healing: APhysician Reveals the Therapeutic Power of Sound, Voice, and Music."

Meditation using sound and music helps patients feel better, he says."Sound and music are two of the most overlooked healing modalitiesever," Gaynor tells WebMD. "All systems in the body are profoundlyaffected."

For example, music and sound can lower heart rate, blood pressure levels,and levels of stress hormones.

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