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Effects of Waon therapy on chronic fatigue syndrome: a pilot study.
Intern Med. 2015; 54(3):333-8.IM

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disabling condition of unknown etiology, and no definitive therapy has been identified to date. We developed Waon therapy, a form of thermal therapy using a far-infrared dry sauna, and in this study herein examined its feasibility and safety in patients with CFS.

METHODS

Ten consecutive inpatients with CFS stayed in a 60°C sauna for 15 minutes and then rested on a bed under a blanket for an additional 30 minutes outside the sauna room. The treatments were performed once a day, five days a week for four weeks. Perceived fatigue, the primary outcome measure, was evaluated using a numerical rating scale before, during (two weeks after the commencement of therapy) and after therapy. The pain level, evaluated using a numerical rating scale, mood, assessed using the Profile of Mood States questionnaire, and performance status, assessed using a scale developed for CFS patients were also examined before and after therapy.

RESULTS

Perceived fatigue significantly decreased after therapy, although no significant reductions were observed during therapy. In addition, a negative mood, including anxiety, depression and fatigue, and the performance status significantly improved after therapy. However, the levels of pain and vigor did not change significantly. No patients reported any adverse effects during the therapy.

CONCLUSION

These findings suggest that Waon therapy may be a useful and safe treatment for CFS.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Metabolic Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Kagoshima University, Japan.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25748743

Citation

Soejima, Yuji, et al. "Effects of Waon Therapy On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a Pilot Study." Internal Medicine (Tokyo, Japan), vol. 54, no. 3, 2015, pp. 333-8.
Soejima Y, Munemoto T, Masuda A, et al. Effects of Waon therapy on chronic fatigue syndrome: a pilot study. Intern Med. 2015;54(3):333-8.
Soejima, Y., Munemoto, T., Masuda, A., Uwatoko, Y., Miyata, M., & Tei, C. (2015). Effects of Waon therapy on chronic fatigue syndrome: a pilot study. Internal Medicine (Tokyo, Japan), 54(3), 333-8. https://doi.org/10.2169/internalmedicine.54.3042
Soejima Y, et al. Effects of Waon Therapy On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a Pilot Study. Intern Med. 2015;54(3):333-8. PubMed PMID: 25748743.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Effects of Waon therapy on chronic fatigue syndrome: a pilot study. AU - Soejima,Yuji, AU - Munemoto,Takao, AU - Masuda,Akinori, AU - Uwatoko,Yuuki, AU - Miyata,Masaaki, AU - Tei,Chuwa, PY - 2015/3/10/entrez PY - 2015/3/10/pubmed PY - 2015/6/24/medline SP - 333 EP - 8 JF - Internal medicine (Tokyo, Japan) JO - Intern Med VL - 54 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disabling condition of unknown etiology, and no definitive therapy has been identified to date. We developed Waon therapy, a form of thermal therapy using a far-infrared dry sauna, and in this study herein examined its feasibility and safety in patients with CFS. METHODS: Ten consecutive inpatients with CFS stayed in a 60°C sauna for 15 minutes and then rested on a bed under a blanket for an additional 30 minutes outside the sauna room. The treatments were performed once a day, five days a week for four weeks. Perceived fatigue, the primary outcome measure, was evaluated using a numerical rating scale before, during (two weeks after the commencement of therapy) and after therapy. The pain level, evaluated using a numerical rating scale, mood, assessed using the Profile of Mood States questionnaire, and performance status, assessed using a scale developed for CFS patients were also examined before and after therapy. RESULTS: Perceived fatigue significantly decreased after therapy, although no significant reductions were observed during therapy. In addition, a negative mood, including anxiety, depression and fatigue, and the performance status significantly improved after therapy. However, the levels of pain and vigor did not change significantly. No patients reported any adverse effects during the therapy. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that Waon therapy may be a useful and safe treatment for CFS. SN - 1349-7235 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25748743/Effects_of_Waon_therapy_on_chronic_fatigue_syndrome:_a_pilot_study. L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.2169/internalmedicine.54.3042 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -