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Effects of charcoal kiln saunas (Jjimjilbang) on psychological states.
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PMID:  18396259     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This uncontrolled intervention study explored the effects of sauna bathing utilizing residual heat from charcoal kilns (charcoal kiln saunas) on psychological states. Forty-five volunteers (24 males and 21 females; mean age 51.9 years (S.D. 15.7) visiting a bamboo charcoal kiln in Japan participated in the study. They completed a shortened version of the Profile of Mood States (POMS) and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) before and after charcoal kiln sauna bathing in order to determine mood and anxiety states. Six factors relating to mood were measured using the POMS: Tension-Anxiety, Depression-Dejection, Anger-Hostility, Vigor, Fatigue, and Confusion. The two anxiety concepts of state anxiety and trait anxiety were also measured. Changes in psychological states before and after sauna bathing were then determined. All mood scales and both manifest anxiety measures were improved after sauna bathing. Charcoal kiln sauna bathing appears to improve mood and decrease anxiety. It is a limitation of this study that this was a descriptive prospective and an uncontrolled intervention study. Further investigation of the improvement of trait anxiety is required.
Shinya Hayasaka; Yosikazu Nakamura; Eiji Kajii; Masahiro Ide; Yosuke Shibata; Tatsuya Noda; Chiyoe Murata; Katsutaro Nagata; Toshiyuki Ojima
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article     Date:  2008-03-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Complementary therapies in clinical practice     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1744-3881     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-08     Completed Date:  2008-06-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101225531     Medline TA:  Complement Ther Clin Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  143-8     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, 1-20-1 Handayama, Higashiku, Hamamatsu 431-3192, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / psychology,  therapy*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Steam Bath / psychology*
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