2013
DOI: 10.2147/copd.s50860
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Effect of repeated Waon therapy on exercise tolerance and pulmonary function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a pilot controlled clinical trial

Abstract: PurposeControlled clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of repeated Waon therapy for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have yet to be conducted. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate whether repeated Waon therapy exhibits an adjuvant effect on conventional therapy for COPD patients.Patients and methodsThis prospective trial comprised 20 consecutive COPD patients who satisfied the criteria of the Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines, stag… Show more

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“…The Waon group showed larger vital capacity and peak expiratory flow than the control group. Further studies are needed to investigate the mechanism of action, specifically whether Waon therapy may be associated with increasing airway NO flux [40]. …”
Section: New Development and Application Of Infrared Therapy In Bimentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The Waon group showed larger vital capacity and peak expiratory flow than the control group. Further studies are needed to investigate the mechanism of action, specifically whether Waon therapy may be associated with increasing airway NO flux [40]. …”
Section: New Development and Application Of Infrared Therapy In Bimentioning
confidence: 99%
“…9-15 Cardiac event rate, ventricular arrhythmias, 16 HF symptoms, quality of life, 17 and exercise tolerance 15 can all be improved with Waon therapy. 14- 20 We have previously demonstrated the safety and efficacy of Waon therapy through a prospective case-control study of patients with mild to moderate HF, 21 but a randomized study has been required. We therefore conducted a multicenter prospective randomized control study in patients with advanced HF.…”
Section: Patient Selectionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…(11) Waon therapy, which is also a form of heat therapy, has been suggested to improve airway obstruction in patients with COPD. (12) Given the overall evidence, we hypothesized that sauna bathing may be linked to lowered risk of respiratory diseases. In this context, our aim was to evaluate the prospective association between frequency of sauna bathing and the risk of respiratory diseases (as defined as COPD, asthma, or pneumonia), using a population-based prospective cohort study which comprised of 1,935 Caucasian men, who were apparently free from any respiratory diseases at baseline.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%