26. January 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Anxiety, Ear Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture (AA) can decrease pre-competition anxiety in adolescent athletes, Iranian authors report. Forty-five adolescent football players received either AA, sham AA or no treatment, four hours before a competition event. AA was carried out with needle stimulation at two ear points – Relaxation and Shenmen. Sham acupuncture used placebo needles at the same points. Participants completed an anxiety questionnaire and had their heart rate and skin conductance measured before and after the intervention. The results showed that acupuncture had a significant effect on cognitive anxiety and somatic anxiety, but not on self-confidence. In addition, acupuncture significantly decreased skin conductance in the acupuncture group compared to the sham and no treatment groups.
Acupuncture Anxiolytic Effects on Physiological and Psychological Assessments for a Clinical Trial. Scientifica (Cairo). 2016;2016:4016952.

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