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Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012;2012:567639. doi: 10.1155/2012/567639. Epub 2012 May 10.

Effect of auricular acupressure on peri- and early postmenopausal women with anxiety: a double-blinded, randomized, and controlled pilot study.

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Department of Adult Psychiatry, Tsao-Tun Psychiatric Center and Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Nan-Tou 54249, Taiwan.

Abstract

We tested effects of auricular acupressure on peri- and early postmenopausal women with anxiety (PPWA). Fifty PPWA were randomly assigned to the auricular acupressure group (AG) or the sham group (SG). After 3 meals and before sleep every day for 4 weeks, the AG received auricular acupressure on the bilateral ear shenmen and subcortex points for 3 min per point on alternating ears. The SG received sham auricular acupressure. The Alprazolam was reduced from 0.5 mg/day at baseline to 0.3 mg/day 4 weeks after auricular acupressure (4 W) in the AG (P < .05) whereas maintained at 0.5 mg/day in the SG (P > .05). The Zolpidem was reduced from 3.0 mg/day at baseline to 1.5 mg/day at 4 W (P < .05) whereas was reduced from 2.4 mg/day to 1.9 mg/day at 4 W in the SG (P > .05), thus, significant tapering medication, suggesting auricular acupressure is helpful to PPWA.

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