01. October 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Anxiety

A UK pilot study suggests that acupuncture may be a promising intervention for patients with chronic anxiety symptoms that resistant to other forms of treatment. Forty participants from a psychiatry waiting list were randomised into one of two groups. One group received 10 weeks of acupuncture at Neiguan PC-6, Shenmen HT-7 and Taichong LIV-3, while the other group acted as a waiting list control group. The waiting list group then received acupuncture. Both groups were followed up for 10 weeks after treatment. State anxiety scores in the acupuncture group were found to decrease from 57.7 to 38.8, while scores in the waiting list control group decreased from 61.5 to 60.6. This difference was highly statistically significant. Similar changes were seen for trait anxiety scores. The control group showed similar statistically significant improvements when they received acupuncture. These improvements were maintained after 10 weeks of follow-up in each group. (Randomised controlled trial on the use of acupuncture in adults with chronic, non-responding anxiety symptoms. Acupunct Med. 2015 Apr;33(2):98-102).

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