25. July 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Anxiety, Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture (AA) is as effective as progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) in treating anxiety and depression, according to German research. One hundred and sixty two patients with a primary diagnosis of anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder were allowed to choose between treatment with AA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol) or treatment with PMR, a standardised and accepted relaxation method. Each group had treatments twice a week for four weeks. The results showed that treatment with AA significantly decreased tension, anxiety and anger/aggression throughout the four weeks, but did not elevate mood. No statistically significant differences were found between the two treatments at any time point.
Auricular Acupuncture Versus Progressive Muscle Relaxation in Patients with Anxiety Disorders or Major Depressive Disorder: A Prospective Parallel Group Clinical Trial. J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2016 Aug;9(4):191-9.

Auricular acupuncture (AA) may be useful in the treatment of paediatric migraines in the emergency department (ED), according to preliminary research from the USA. In a prospective cohort study, 19 paediatric patients presenting with active migraines received a single AA treatment using semi-permanent needles inserted at a maximum of three acupoints located according to electrical resistance or pressure along two auricular migraine lines. Fifteen minutes after the treatment all subjects reported improvement or resolution of migraine, with a clinically and statistically significant mean reduction in pain of seven points on a ten point scale.
Auricular Acupuncture for the Treatment of Pediatric Migraines in the Emergency Department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2016 May 2. [Epub ahead of print].

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.