Research Purpose : Thai traditional massage (TTM) can mitigate drug cravingsuch as cigarette. Nevertheless, further finding is required inorder to investigate the effect of massage on alcohol craving.Objective : To study alcohol craving in subjects receiving TTMSetting : Thanyarak InstituteResearch Design : Cross-over experimental designPopulation sample : 18 males hospitalized for alcohol dependency treatment inrehabilitation stageResearch Methodology : Data was obtained by having patients completed computerizedself-evaluation forms comprising of Penn Alcohol CravingScale, Visual Analog Scale and blood pressure / pulse ratewhile they were stimulated by video of alcohol consumption.The samples undertook the evaluation forms in 3 daysincluding the day with no activity, the day with TTM, andthe day with reading newspapers. The latter two activitieswere randomly assigned alternately. The data were analyzedby Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE).Finding : Alcohol craving level in the day with TTM was lower thanreading activity and no activity (p <0.01). There was nodifference of alcohol craving level between reading activityand no activity (p = 0.4). In addition, TTM reduced thestimulated, anxious, hungry, high, paranoid, tongue-tied andbad feelings (p <0.01). However, there was no effect of TTMon restlessness. TTM also lowered systolic/diastolic bloodpressures and pulse rate (p <0.01).Conclusion : TTM reduced alcohol craving, other feelings as well as bloodpressures and pulse rate of the subjects who were stimulatedwith pictures of alcohol consumption.
Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
Chernchujit, Natnaree and Kalayasiri, Rasmon
"Effect of Thai traditional massage on “craving” response inindividuals receiving alcohol dependency treatment inrehabilitation stage at Thanyarak Institute,"
Chulalongkorn Medical Journal: Vol. 58:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://digital.car.chula.ac.th/clmjournal/vol58/iss2/3