Music and atopic dermatitis - Approaches from complementary and alternative medicine

Masayoshi Ichie

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Music, such as music therapy, listening music and playing musical instruments, is not directory effective to atopic dermatitis. Effectiveness is mainly due to reduction of stresses. Depend on this point, there are some recommendations among other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Medical aromatherapy is one candidate. In this therapy, medicinal action of essential oil is used instead of fragrance. For example, sedative, anti-itching and anti-septic action of Lavender oil is useful for atopic dermatitis. The other profitable CAM candidate is Reiki. Reiki is a gentle hands-on healing therapy originated in Japan. This subtle energy can be blocked conduction from practitioner's hand to patient's body by placing a piece of aluminum foil between them. Aluminum foil conducts only body temperature but electromagnetic waves. This simple experiment means that Reiki is some kind of electromagnetic energy. By using this blocking technique, nature Reiki energy holders can be easily found. The past papers of Reiki experiments sometimes concluded that further study was needed. There exists a possibility that sham (placebo) Reiki practitioners of these experiments might be nature Reiki energy holders. Researchers, who are interested in clinical application of Reiki, must not ignore this point in their experiments. As a control group, sham Reiki practitioners must wear electromagnetic-shielded gloves. Reiki reduces muscle tension, eases pain, recovers peripheral circulation and reduces anxieties and stresses. As a result, Reiki promotes total relaxation of both of body and mind. For treatment of atopic dermatitis, Reiki can be used as an alternative therapy at home and as a complementary therapy at medical fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalSkin Research
Issue numberSUPPL. 20
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct


  • Aromatherapy
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Music therapy
  • Reiki

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases


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