Zoneterapi og asthma

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INTRODUCTION: Many patients with asthma seek alternative or adjunctive therapies. One such modality is reflexology. Our aim was to examine the popular claim that reflexology treatment benefits bronchial asthma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Ten weeks of either active or simulated (placebo) reflexology were compared in an otherwise blind, controlled trial of 40 patients with asthma. RESULTS: Objective lung function tests did not change. Subjective scores and bronchial sensitivity to histamine improved on both regimens, but no differences were found in the groups receiving active or placebo reflexology. However, a trend in favour of reflexology became significant when a supplementary analysis of symptom diaries was carried out. At the same time a significant pattern compatible with subconscious un-blinding was found. DISCUSSION: We found no evidence that reflexology has a specific effect on asthma beyond a placebo influence.
Udgivelsesdato: 2002-Apr-29
Original languageEnglish
JournalUgeskrift for læger
Issue number18
Pages (from-to)2405-2410
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Bibliographical note

Keywords: Adolescent; Adult; Asthma; Double-Blind Method; Female; Forced Expiratory Volume; Humans; Male; Massage; Middle Aged; Placebo Effect; Quality of Life; Vital Capacity

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