Dr. Luca Pigaiani

Dr. Luca Pigaiani |Clyto Access

Hospital of Piacenza, Italy


Expertise: Feasibility Of Trial With Tibetan Singing Bowls, Metastatic Cancer

Biography: Dr. Luca Pigaiani has Degree in philosophy (2004) and in Pedagogy (2011) at the University of Verona and from 2004 to 2010 he worked as a trainer, educator and operator of "sound massage" at the therapeutic community "Arianna" of Mantua. In 2012 he published a book, the result of systematization of the dissertation in Pedagogy, "Bagno Armonico: sound massage with Tibetan bowls". From 2013 he started working with the oncology department of Piacenza regarding the activities of "sound massage". In 2014 along with Manlio Casini he published informative article on the Bagno Armonico method on "DBN" and "Science and Knowledge" magazines. From September 2014 he started leading a pilot-study on the effect of administration of  Sound Massage for cancer patients at the Hospital of Piacenza with Manlio Casini. In November 2015 the first results of this pilot study are presented at the International Congress of SIO in Boston. After this in 2016 together with Manlio Casini they are expanding the study and coordinating other operators in the national territory.


Title: Feasibility of a trial with Tibetan Singing Bowls, and suggested benefits in metastatic cancer patients


Sound is a physical pervasive phenomenon inducing resonance influencing cell metabolism with bodily water mediating the effects of vibration. Tibetan Singing Bowls may induce state of well being in patients with cancer which can be measured.
This pilot study included 12 metastatic cancer patients undergoing 6 sessions using Tibetan Bowls. Objective (electrocardiography, skin conductance and electroencephalography) and subjective measurements (QoL, Anxiety/Depression, Distress, Fatigue) were performed. End points were feasibility (recruitment, attendance, compliance to treatment) and benefits (amelioration in QoL, anxiety, distress, arousal and mental exhaustion).
All 12 patients were recruited over a two-week period; 83% attended all sessions. 83% of the patients completed questionnaires to assess subjective efficacy. 59 instrumental tests were performed out of 60 sessions completed. For subjective parameters, a statistically significant difference emerged only for the Distress Thermometer (2.4 vs 5.3 p = 0.0005). Objective parameters: 1) tonic skin conductance level (SCL) decreased significantly (p = 0.0091) and phasic SCL (p = 0.0064); 2) heart rate variability (HRV) significantly increased (p = 0.0041); 3) EEG registration in anterior-frontal areas revealed changes in beta, alpha and inter-hemispheric coherence, (beta: p = 0.09; alpha p = 0.046; coherence p = 0.084).
The feasibility endpoints (acceptance, attendance and compliance) were achieved; personalized programs should be offered to patients at risk of rapid worsening conditions and to subjects affected by bone metastases. A visual tool for subjective distress appears more appropriate than validated questionnaires. Useful tools for collection of objective data are SCL, HRV, and anterio-frontal EEG. Tibetan Bowls decrease anxiety, arousal, involuntary mental activity and stress. Larger trials should confirm these results.

Related Conferences :

International Conference on Cancer Care and Cure