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The effect of intercessory prayer on wound healing in nonhuman primates.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17131981     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVES: This study was performed to examine the effects of intercessory prayer (IP) on wound healing and related physiological and behavioral factors in nonhuman primates. DESIGN: Twenty-two bush babies (Otolemur garnettii) with chronic self-injurious behavior (SIB) were stratified by wound severity and matched by total wound area. The animals were then randomized to IP and L-tryptophan or L-tryptophan only for treatment of SIB and related wounds. The IP intervention was conducted in a double-blind, randomized manner. Prayer was conducted daily for 4 weeks. Initiation of prayer was coincident with the first day of L-tryptophan administration. Physiological and behavioral variables were assessed at baseline and end of study. RESULTS: Following IP/L-tryptophan treatment, prayer-group animals had a reduction in wound size compared to non-prayer animals (P=.028). Prayer-group animals had a greater increase in red blood cells (P=.006), hemoglobin (P=.01), and hematocrit (P=.018); a greater reduction in both mean corpuscular hemoglobin (P=.023) and corpuscular volume (P=.008); and a reduction in wound grooming (P=.01) and total grooming behaviors (P=.04) than non-prayer-group animals. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study are consistent with prior human trials of IP effectiveness, but suggest IP-induced health improvements may be independent of confounds associated with human participants. Findings may provide direction for study of the mechanisms of IP-induced health improvements in both human and animal models.
Authors:
Karen T Lesniak
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Alternative therapies in health and medicine     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1078-6791     ISO Abbreviation:  Altern Ther Health Med     Publication Date:    2006 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-29     Completed Date:  2007-07-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9502013     Medline TA:  Altern Ther Health Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  42-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Behavior, Animal* / drug effects,  physiology
Faith Healing / methods*
Galago / blood,  physiology*,  psychology*
Humans
Religion and Medicine
Treatment Outcome
Tryptophan / therapeutic use
Wound Healing* / physiology
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
73-22-3/Tryptophan

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