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J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Jan;22(1):18-24. Epub 2015 Oct 11.

Exploring the Effectiveness of External Use of Bach Flower Remedies on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Pilot Study.

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1
Medical University "Serafín Ruíz de Zárate Ruíz" of Villa Clara, Santa Clara, Cuba sairars@ucm.vcl.sld.cu.
2
University Hospital "Arnaldo Milián Castro," Santa Clara, Cuba.
3
Central University "Marta Abreu" of Las Villas, Santa Clara, Cuba.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A randomized, pilot, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted with the aim of evaluating the effectiveness of a cream based on Bach flower remedies (BFR) on symptoms and signs of carpal tunnel syndrome.

METHODS:

Forty-three patients with mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome during their "waiting" time for surgical option were randomized into 3 parallel groups: Placebo (n = 14), blinded BFR (n = 16), and nonblinded BFR (n = 13). These groups were treated during 21 days with topical placebo or a cream based on BFR.

RESULTS:

Significant improvements were observed on self-reported symptom severity and pain intensity favorable to BFR groups with large effect sizes (η2partial > 0.40). In addition, all signs observed during the clinical exam showed significant improvements among the groups as well as symptoms of pain, night pain, and tingling, also with large effect sizes (φ > 0.5). Finally, there were significant differences between the blinded and nonblinded BFR groups for signs and pain registered in clinical exam but not in self-reports.

CONCLUSION:

The proposed BFR cream could be an effective intervention in the management of mild and moderate carpal tunnel syndrome, reducing the severity symptoms and providing pain relief.

KEYWORDS:

Bach flower remedies; carpal tunnel syndrome; complementary and alternative medicine

PMID:
26456628
PMCID:
PMC5871196
DOI:
10.1177/2156587215610705
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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