Navigation Links
Are You Ill? Have A Hard Laugh!

What some Japanese newly licensed therapists do is no laughing matter. These laughing therapists help their patients laugh!

The first 49 laughing therapists recently passed their // examinations and are now licensed to make patients laugh to improve their immune system, and in general to help prevent illnesses, said Kazue Takayanagi, assistant professor and pediatrician at the organizing Nihon Medical School.

A doctor herself, Takayanagi has prescribed laughter to her patients for years.

She recalls a patient diagnosed with lymphoma who chuckled when he opened an envelope from Takayanagi with a picture of her inside with 'You need to laugh hard' scribbled on it.

The laughter made him feel more upbeat and he began smiling more, and feeling depressed less frequently, his doctor said.

Takayanagi first realized how healthy laughter is and how it could help fight serious illness when she was practicing medicine in Kuwait.

'Ideally patients should feel the urge to laugh from the bottom of their hearts,' she said, adding: 'For some people, however, such as those who suffer from depression, it can be difficult to feel amused.'

The therapists try to make their patients laugh, but they are not comedians, Takayanagi said.

'The licensed therapists never need performance or tools or any special monologues,' she said, adding they have a good understanding of their individual patients' feelings.

The therapists should never laugh at their patients or their illnesses. And they should never hurt their patients' feelings. Instead, they need to help patients relax and relieve their stress so they can better suppress their illnesses.

The therapists often deal with people who are dying and before achieving their licenses, they studied the brain, psychology and other medical subjects, as well as how people deal with death, Takayanagi said.

'They are almost like mission aries,' she said. 'They are very determined to carry out their mission to infect everyone with laughter.'

Applicants were screened through essays to express their determination and 49 of the first 150 were selected. They then attended a two-day training workshop and reported back on how they practiced what they learned, Takayanagi said.

Although licensing requires some serious medical expertise, not all therapists specialise in medicine. Some are businessmen, homemakers, retirees and teachers who have family members or friends or are themselves battling illness.

They all believe in the importance of laughter and how it can make people healthier, Takayanagi said.

The first license issued is a third-level one for three years. Takayanagi said they plan to renew those after assessing the therapists' practices. In addition, they are considering upgrading the license to second and first levels.

-(IANS)
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Night Time Aspirin Regimen Found to Reduce Blood Pressure
2. Campaign To Create Awareness For Following A stricter Drug Regime For Osteoporosis
3. Four-Drug AIDS Treatment Regimen Deemed Of No Use
4. A More Convenient HIV Treatment Is as Effective as More Complex Regimens
5. Follow Screening Regimen for Early Cancer Detection
6. Is There Any Clinical Benefit to Staying on a Failing Regimen?
7. Elderly People Needs To Tackle The Heat Effectively
8. Early Awareness About Weight Management Needed To Tackle Lifelong Obesity
9. Doctors May Not Be Ready To Tackle Bio-terrorism
10. Malaria To Be Tackled By Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
11. Shanghai To Tackle Hypertension
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/7/2016)... ... February 07, 2016 , ... Women's Excellence staff, in all four locations, ... National Wear Red Day is the first Friday each February and a day to ... 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... February 06, 2016 , ... US Sports Camps is proud to sponsor ... event brings together top non-profit leaders, ultimate organizations, and coaches from around the US. ... Bay Area Disc Program Director of Youth and Education, describes this year YUCC as ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Steven Tonkinson, 36, of Coconut Grove, ... year since it started in 2003. This year, he ran all 26.2 miles with ... and NBA team the Miami Heat. , This Sunday, while many are watching the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... stage for new clinical and scientific initiatives have all marked the last 12 ... appointed President and CEO of the nation’s oldest cancer center, Candace S. Johnson, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... York, New York (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... life? The answer may be at the tips of your toes. Foot massage, whether ... as well as pure comfort and relaxation. The American Board of Multiple Specialties ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... 2016  Patients in Alabama seeking ... therapy no longer have to travel out of state. ... Urology Centers of Alabama to provide a total ... qualifying patients. Alabama is ... of prostate cancer using many different modalities. They are the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... 5, 2016 --> ... states that the global active pharmaceuticals ingredients (APIs) market ... to reach US$185.9 bn by 2020. It is expected ... to 2020. The title of the report is "Active ... Geography, and by Therapeutic Area) - Global Industry Analysis, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Site Profile: --> Site ... People, announced their latest primary healthcare case study where speech recognition ... and to save the practice money. Site Profile: ... Challenge: --> ,- Wirral CCG ,- VoicePower client since ... Wirral CCG ,- VoicePower client since 2013 Challenge: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: