10. May 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Anxiety, Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture (AA) can help reduce pre-exam anxiety in medical students, according to a German pilot study. Ten students received bilateral AA with indwelling needles at Lung, Shenmen, Kidney, Sympathetic and Adrenal points on the day before an anatomy exam. The needles were removed after the exam. Exam anxiety measured using both the State-Trait-Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and a 100 mm visual analogue scale (VAS-100) decreased by almost 20% after AA.
Auricular acupuncture for pre-exam anxiety in medical students: a prospective observational pilot investigation. Acupunct Med. 2015 Oct 5. pii: acupmed-2015-010887.

10. May 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Incontinence

A Norwegian pilot study suggests that acupuncture may be more effective for preventing urinary incontinence than pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT). Thirty-four women with incontinence were randomly assigned to receive either 12 sessions of acupuncture, 12 sessions of PFMT, or to a waiting list control group for 12 weeks. The acupuncture points used were semi-standardised, with alternation between front and back points. Zhongji REN-3, Guanyuan REN-4, Qihai REN-6, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Taixi KID-3 and Fuliu KID-7 were used with patients in a supine position, and Neiguan P-6, Taichong LIV-3 and Taibai SP-3 were added based on specific symptoms. Shangliao BL-31 to Xialiao BL-34, Shenshu BL-23, Panguangshu BL-28, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Mingmen DU-4 and Baihui DU-20 were used with the patient in a prone position, with Jueyinshu BL-14, Ganshu BL-18 and Pishu BL-20 added for specific symptoms. Mean improvement in incontinence scores was found to be significantly higher in the acupuncture group compared with either PFMT or controls.
A pilot study on the use of acupuncture or pelvic floor muscle training for mixed urinary incontinence. Acupunct Med. 2015 Sep 11. pii: acupmed-2015-010828.