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.