US researchers have shown that acupressure treatment of subjects with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) result in improvements to their cognitive function. A randomised, placebo-controlled trial assessed the effects of eight acupressure treatments over four weeks. Thirty-eight TBI patients were randomly assigned to either an experimental group that received active acupressure treatments from practitioners or a control group that received treatment from the same practitioners on non-acupressure points. Verum acupressure treatment was administered according to the principles of Jin Shin Do and targeted 26 points located all over the body. Comparing pre- to post-treatment change between groups, the results showed that patients treated with acupressure showed significantly greater improvements on standard tests of attention and working memory than subjects in the control group. (Acupressure as a non-pharmacological intervention for traumatic brain injury (TBI). J Neurotrauma. 2011 Jan;28(1):21-34).

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