Auricular acupressure can mitigate some of the negative impact of occupational stressors on frontline healthcare workers. American researchers carried out a randomised trial in 117 staff working at a paediatric trauma centre. Participants were randomised to receive auricular acupuncture, auricular acupressure, or auricular massage delivered over a period of three weeks. Acupressure treatment (using ear seeds) was associated with a significant reduction in measures of psychological burnout and secondary traumatic stress. The authors suggest that the stress reduction offered by auricular acupressure may support healthcare workers’ ability to develop caring relationships with their patients.

Effects of Acupuncture and Acupressure on Burnout in Health Care Workers: A Randomized Trial. J Trauma Nurs. 2021 Nov-Dec 01;28(6):350-362.