Prospective Evaluation Of Biofield Energy Therapy For Burdensome Symptoms Of Burn Injury: A Pilot Study
|Goodwin PK, Travis TE, Jordan MH, Flanagan KE, Pavlovich AR and Shupp JW*|
|The Burn Center, Department of Surgery, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Health Research Institute, 110 Irving Street NW, Suite 3B-55, Washington, D.C. 20010, USA|
|Corresponding Author :||Jeffrey W Shupp, MD
The Burn Center, Department of Surgery
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
MedStar Health Research Institute
110 Irving Street NW, Suite 3B-55
Washington, D.C. 20010, USA
|Received December 17, 2013; Accepted February 13, 2014; Published February 15, 2014|
|Citation: Goodwin PK, Travis TE, Jordan MH, Flanagan KE, Pavlovich AR, et al. (2014) Prospective Evaluation of Biofield Energy Therapy for Burdensome Symptoms of Burn Injury: A Pilot Study. J Pain Relief 3:135. doi: 10.4172/2167-0846.1000135|
|Copyright: © 2014 Goodwin PK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Background: Burn injuries are associated with a variety of symptoms including pain, pruritis, anxiety and fatigue. Current pharmacotherapy is able to alleviate one or more of these symptoms, but typically requires different drugs for each symptom. An ideal therapy would be one in which several of these symptoms could be assuaged or eliminated by a single intervention. Biofield Energy Therapy is a unique complementary therapy that was designed to help modulate this myriad of symptoms.
Methods: A population of burn patients underwent Biofield Energy Therapy and were surveyed for levels of pain, pruritis, anxiety and fatigue prior to and after the therapy sessions. Additionally skin perfusion measurements were collected using a Field Laser Perfusion Imager before and after therapy.
Results: Survey responses revealed multi-symptom improvement for most patients as well as general satisfaction with Biofield Energy Therapy and interest in further therapy sessions. Likewise, skin perfusion measurements increased following the period of therapy in a subset of patients.
Conclusions: There is a need for new modalities targeted to treat the symptoms associated with burn injury. Biofield Energy Therapy may serve as an adjunct treatment for injured patients. This pilot study suggests that Biofield Energy Therapy should be evaluated further for use in burn care settings.