Psychological and neurological complications in patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation were decreased when given massage therapy, according to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (Jan/Feb 2003). The study included 88 subjects, 27 of whom received massage therapy, 31 Therapeutic Touch (TT) and 30 in the control group who received a friendly visit. The massage and TT sessions were administered by qualified nurse volunteers with at least one year of experience and given every third day for 30 minutes.
Bone Marrow Transplants
Thousands of years ago, malaria swept parts of Africa, India, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, ravaging the human population. Among the survivors, it is surmised, were children carrying a mutation of the hemoglobin gene — hemoglobin S, or sickle cell trait — which protected them from the invading red cell parasites.1 Some of their descendants, a variety of ethnic groups including Africans, Greeks, Italians, Turks, Iranians and Asiatic Indians2 passed on the trait as they intermingled and migrated to other areas.