25. July 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Babies, Colic

Acupuncture can reduce crying in infants with colic, according to a Swedish study. In a three-armed randomised trial, 147 infants received usual care together with either standardised minimal acupuncture (at Hegu L.I.-4), or semi-standardised individual acupuncture based on TCM (any combination of Sifeng M-UE-9, Hegu L.I.-4 and Zusanli ST-36), twice a week for two weeks. The effect of the two types of acupuncture was similar and both were superior to standard care alone. Relative to baseline, there was a greater reduction in time spent crying by the second week in infants receiving both types of acupuncture.
Effect of minimal acupuncture for infantile colic: a multicentre, three-armed, single-blind, randomised controlled trial (ACU-COL). Acupunct Med. 2017 Jan 16. pii: acupmed-2016-011208. [Epub ahead of print].

 A case series study of 913 infants, carried out in Sweden has shown that minimal acupuncture at Hegu L.I.-4 is an effective and easy treatment for infantile colic. The infants (mean age 5.4 weeks) had displayed colic symptoms since two weeks after birth. Light needle stimulation of Hegu L.I.-4 was performed for 10 to 20 seconds bilaterally on a daily basis for a mean of 6.2 consecutive days. Before treatment the infants were assessed by their parents whether they ‘often have inflated stomachs’ (99%), ‘seldom drool’ (76%), ‘regurgitate’ (53%) and ‘belch’ (62%). The reported frequency of defecation was five to eight times per day (64%), with a yellowish-green colour (61%) and a water-thin consistency (74%). After treatment, the variables for inflated stomachs, drooling and regurgitation were significantly improved and rated by the parents as occurring ‘sometimes’, while belching was rated as occurring ‘often’ and the frequency of defecation was reduced to one to four times per day with a mustard-yellow colour and a gruel-like consistency. The parents also rated their impression of the infants’ general colic symptoms including crying as ‘much ameliorated’ in 76% of cases. (Gastrointestinal symptoms of infantile colic and their change after light needling of acupuncture: a case series study of 913 infants. Chin Med. 2011 Aug 11;6(1):28).