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Effects of Reiki on Painful Neuropathy and Cardiovascular Risk Factors

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00010751
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 5, 2001
Last Update Posted : August 18, 2006
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Brief Summary:
The object of this study is to determine if Reiki will improve glycemic control and cardiac autonomic function diabetic patients with painful neuropathy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Coronary Disease Diabetes Mellitus, Non-Insulin-Dependent Procedure: Reiki Phase 2

Detailed Description:
The incidence of coronary heart disease(CHD) in type II diabetes is currently at least 20% in subjects 65 years and older. Numerous data suggest that hyperglycemia may be an independent risk factor for macrovascular complications. Diabetic painful neuropathy (DPN) affects 5-50% of patients with diabetes and is exacerbated by poor glycemic control. DPN is characterized by acute functional abnormalities in nerve fibers followed by chronic nerve fiber loss and blunted nerve fiber regeneration. Symptoms include tingling and burning sensations in the calves, ankles and feet. Pharmacological treatment of diabetic autonomic neuropathy (DAN) and DPN include tricyclic antidepressants, which are cardiotoxic and have a low efficacy rate. The ADA recommends the utilization of diet and exercise as the primary means of glycemic control, and therefore of DPN. Because of the increased levels of extremity pain, patients with DPN are less likely to include exercise as a part of their health regimen. Diabetic autonomic neuropathy (DAN) commonly complicates diabetes and has been invoked as a cause of sudden death in diabetic patients. The excess cardiac mortality in diabetics appears to be augmented by the presence of DAN in patients with advanced deficits in sympathetic cardiovascular enervation which may augment cardiac arrhythmogenesis. An bio-energy modality known as Reiki is an energy manipulation technique similar to Therapeutic Touch, a hands-on modality familiar in nursing for the relief of chronic pain, as well as accelerate healing in full thickness dermal wounds. The study approach is to apply Reiki to patients with DPN +/- DAN in a semi-double blind, randomized, crossover study to ascertain if glycemic control and cardiac autonomic function are improved in these patients. Outcome measures will include HBA1c values, the McGill-Melzack Pain Questionnaire, and a quality of life questionnaire. Participants will also be tested as to their ability to tolerate exercise by a 6 minute walk test. This study will help elucidate whether an bio-energy technique can reduce pain levels, improve glycemic control by increasing exercise tolerance and improve cardiac autonomic function, both major contributors to CHD mortality.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Chronic Diabetic Painful Neuropathy and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in NIDDM: An Alternative Approach.
Study Start Date : September 1998
Study Completion Date : June 2004

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
  • NIDDM as defined by the World Health Organization
  • Diagnosed with DPN +/- DAN for a duration of no less than six months
  • Women of childbearing potential must be using an acceptable method of contraception to prevent pregnancy when they are enrolled in the study and must agree to continue to practice an acceptable method of contraception for the duration of their participation
  • Stability of diabetes control by documentation of <1% fluctuation of HbA1c levels over the last twelve months and 3 or less mild hypoglycemic reactions per week. All subjects must be prepared to monitor blood glucose values three to four times daily
  • HbA1c should be <10%
  • Ability to give informed consent and willingness to sign the Institutional Review Board approved consent form
  • Willingness to cooperate with medical therapy and follow up for the 12 months of the study duration
  • Have the ability to understand English

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00010751

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United States, Michigan
Taubman Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109-0344
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
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Principal Investigator: Martin Stevens, MD University of Michigan
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00010751    
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00009412
Other Study ID Numbers: P50 AT000011-1
First Posted: February 5, 2001    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 18, 2006
Last Verified: August 2006
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Coronary Disease
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Myocardial Ischemia
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Diabetes Mellitus
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases