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Effects of Auricular Acupressure Therapy on Primary Dysmenorrhea for Female High School Students in South Korea.

Abstract Title: Effects of Auricular Acupressure Therapy on Primary Dysmenorrhea for Female High School Students in South Korea. Abstract Source: J Nurs Scholarsh. 2016 Aug 19. Epub 2016 Aug 19. PMID: 27541067 Abstract Author(s): Nam Hyun Cha, Sohyune R Sok Article Affiliation: Nam Hyun Cha Abstract: PURPOSE: To examine the effect of auricular acupressure therapy on primary dysmenorrhea among female high school students in South Korea. DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial was employed. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 91 female high school students, with 45 participants in the experimental group and 46 in the control group in two regions of South Korea. The average age of the participants was 16.7 years, and the average age of menarche was 12.2 years. Auricular acupressure therapy including an auricular acupressure needle on skin paper tape was applied on an ear for 3 days during periods of extreme primary dysmenorrhea. The acupoint names were Jagung, Sinmun, Gyogam, and Naebunbi. For the placebo control group, only the skin paper tape without an auricular acupressure needle was applied on the same acupoints. Measures used were the Menstrual Distress Questionnaire to assess primary dysmenorrhea, and the visual analog scale to assess abdominal and back pain of participants. FINDINGS: There were significant differences on abdominal pain (t = 24.594, p<.001), back pain (t = 22.661, p<.001), and primary dysmenorrhea (t = 32.187, p<.001) between the two groups. Auricular acupressure therapy decreased abdominal pain, back pain, and primary dysmenorrhea of female high school students in South Korea. CONCLUSIONS: Auricular acupressure therapy was an effective intervention for alleviating abdominal pain, back pain, and primary dysmenorrhea of female high school students in South Korea. For feasibility of the auricular acupressure therapy in practice, it is needed to train and learn the exact positions of acupoints in ear. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Health providers should consider providing auricular acupressure therapy as an alternative method for reducing abdominal and back pain, and primary dysmenorrhea in female high school students in South Korea. Article Published Date : Aug 18, 2016

The effect of auricular acupressure on nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy among breast cancer patients.

Abstract Title: The effect of auricular acupressure on nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy among breast cancer patients. Abstract Source: Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug ;24:189-94. Epub 2016 Jul 5. PMID: 27502820 Abstract Author(s): Mohammad Eghbali, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad, Shokoh Varaei, Seydeh Fatemeh Jalalinia, Mojgan Alam Samimi, Kiarash Sa'atchi Article Affiliation: Mohammad Eghbali Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of auricular acupressure in relieving nausea and vomiting among the women who received chemotherapy. METHODS: 48 women suffering from Breast Cancer and receiving chemotherapy were recruited for the study. The patients were randomly assigned into two groups of experiment and control. In the initial phase of chemotherapy, the experimental group received standard medications to control nausea and vomiting and auricular acupressure for five days. Meanwhile, the control group received only the standard medications. RESULTS: The use of auricular acupressure led to the decrease in the number and intensity of nausea and vomiting in both the acute and delayed phases in experimental group which were significantly lower than the control group (P = 0/001). CONCLUSIONS: It is suggested that nurses use this pressure technique as a complementary treatment, non - pharmacological, inexpensive, non-invasive approach for the relief of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Article Published Date : Jul 31, 2016

Body acupuncture combined with auricular acupressure for menstrual headache: a randomized controlled clinical trial

Abstract Title: [Body acupuncture combined with auricular acupressure for menstrual headache: a randomized controlled clinical trial]. Abstract Source: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2015 Feb ;40(1):70-4. PMID: 25845225 Abstract Author(s): Li-hong Sun, Xin-hua Li, Wen-li Li, Li Liu, Hong-li Ma, Yu-lei Liang Article Affiliation: Li-hong Sun Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To observe the therapeutic effect of body acupuncture combined with auricular acupressure for treatment of menstrual headache of hyperactivity of"liver fire". METHODS: A total of 85 menstrual headache patients with hyperactivity of"liver-fire"were randomly divided into control group (n = 42) and treatment group (n = 43). Patients of the control group were treated by oral administration of Flunarizine Hydrochloride Capsules (Sibelium, 5 mg/time, twice daily) for 5 days beginning at the headache attack in the first menstrual cycle, and for two weeks (except weekends) in the second and third menstrual cycles. Patients of the treatment group were treated by manual acupuncture stimulation of body acupoints Baihui (GV 20), Fengchi (GB 20), Sanyinjiao (SP 6), Taichong (LR 3), Xiaxi (GB 43), Taiyang (EX-HN 5), Hanyan (GB 4), Xuanlu (GB 5) and Shuaigu (GB 8) beginning from the headache attack, and otopoint-pellet pressure of otopoints unilateral Endocrine, Ovaries, Shenmen, Cortex, Liver, Spleen and Kidney (beginning 5 days before menstrual onset) and bilateral Shenmen, Nie, Liver, Gallbladder, Subcortex and Jiaogan during headache attack. Clinical symptom scores were assessed according to the"Guiding Principles for Clinical Research on New Chinese Herbal Drugs"issued by the Chinese Ministry of Health. RESULTS: After the treatment, of the 42 and 43 cases in the control and treatment groups, 9 (21.43%) and 20 (46.51%) were cured, 12 (28.57%) and 14 (32.56%) had a marked improvement, 13 (30.95%) and 7 (16.28%) were effective, 8 (19.05%) and 2 (4.65%) invalid, with the effective rates being 80.95% and 95.35% , respectively. The curative effect of the treatment group was significantly better than that of the control group (P<0.05). The symptom score and VAS score after the treatment and 3 months post-treatment in the treatment group were significantly lower than those of the control group (P<0.01). The headache scores and VAS scores were significantly reduced following the treatment and 3 months after the treatment in both control and treatment groups (P<0.01). After the treatment for 2-3 therapeutic courses, the headache attack duration during menstruation was markedly and gradually shortened in both groups (P<0.01), and therapeutic effect of the treatment group was significantly better than that of the control group (P<0.01). CONCLUSION: Body acupuncture combined with auricular acupressure treatment can effectively relieve menstrual headache in menstrual women with hyperactivity of"liver fire". Article Published Date : Jan 31, 2015

Efficacy on depression in breast cancer treated with acupuncture and auricular acupressure

Abstract Title: [Efficacy on depression in breast cancer treated with acupuncture and auricular acupressure]. Abstract Source: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2014 Oct ;34(10):956-60. PMID: 25543421 Abstract Author(s): Bin Xiao, Zhan-hua Liu Article Affiliation: Bin Xiao Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy difference in treatment of depression in breast cancer between the combined therapy of acupuncture and auricular acupressure and western medication. METHODS: Sixty patients were randomized into an observation group and a control group, 30 cases in each one. In the observation group, the combined therapy of acupuncture and auricular acupressure was adopted. The main acupoints of acupuncture were Hegu (LI 4), Tai-chong (LR 3), Baihui (GV 20), Zusanli (ST 36), Qihai (CV 6), etc. The supplementary acupoints were combined according to the syndrome differentiation. The treatment was given once every day, 5 treatments a week, at the interval of 2 days among weeks. The auricular acupressure was applied to gan (CO12, liver), pi (CO13, spleen), neifenmi (CO18, endocrine), etc., once every 4 days, on each side in one treatment. In the control group, fluoxetine hydrochloride capsules were prescribed for oral administration, 20 mg, once a day. The Hamilton depression rating scale (HAMD) was used to assess the disease severity and efficacy before treatment, in 4 and 8 weeks of treatment separately. HAMD factor changes were observed before treatment and at the end of the 8th week. The Asberg antidepressants scale (SERS) was applied to safety assessment. RESULTS: The total effective rate was 86.7% (26/30) in the observation group, better than 63.3% (19/30) in the control group (P<0.05). At the end of the 4th and 8th weeks, HAMD scores were all reduced apparently in the two groups (all P<0.01). At the end of the 8th week, the scores of the HAMD factor 1 (anxiety/somatic system), factor 5 (retardation) and factor 6 (sleep disturbance) were all reduced as compared with those before treatment in the two groups (all P<0.01); the results in the observation group were better than those in the control group (P<0.05, P<0.01). SERS score in the observation group was lower obviously than that in the control group (P<0.01). CONCLUSION: The combined therapy of acupuncture and auricular acupressure achieves the antidepression effect in treatment of depression in breast cancer and has less side effects and high safety. The efficacy is superior to fluoxetine hydrochloride capsules. Article Published Date : Sep 30, 2014

Effects of auricular acupressure on pain reduction in patient-controlled analgesia after lumbar spine surgery.

Abstract Title: Effects of auricular acupressure on pain reduction in patient-controlled analgesia after lumbar spine surgery. Abstract Source: Acta Anaesthesiol Taiwan. 2010 Jun;48(2):80-6. PMID: 20643366 Abstract Author(s): Mei-Ling Yeh, Mei-Yung Tsou, Bih-Yun Lee, Hsing-Hsia Chen, Yu-Chu Chung Article Affiliation: National Taipei College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. Abstract: OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to examine the adjuvant effects of auricular acupres-sure in augmenting intravenous patient-controlled analgesia with morphine and droperidol for postoperative lumbar surgery patients in terms of postoperative pain relief satisfaction, and the incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). METHODS: In this single-blind experimental study, 94 subjects were randomly assigned to the experimental group in which patients received auricular acupressure to six auricular acupoints or a control group without acupressure. Data were collected using the American Pain Society Patient Outcome Questionnaire. Descriptive analyses, t tests, chi(2) tests, Mann-Whitney tests, and the generalized estimating equation model were used. RESULTS: The experimental group had lower average pain scores than the control group, but no between-group difference was found. Analgesic dose and satisfaction were similar in both groups. The incidence of PONV was low and similar in both groups. CONCLUSION: Although this study did not demonstrate adjuvant effects of auricular acupressure on postoperative pain, analgesic dose, analgesic satisfaction and PONV, most subjects were satisfied with the pain management even though they were subjected to moderate pain because of insufficient analgesia. Further studies should reconfirm the effects of auricular acupressure on analgesia provided by intravenous patient-controlled analgesia in postoperative patients, and its influence on the frequency and duration of analgesia administration. Article Published Date : Jun 01, 2010
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Auricular therapy for lactation: A systematic review.

Auricular therapy for lactation: A systematic review. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 Nov;29:169-184 Authors: Chen ML, Tan JY, Suen LK Abstract BACKGROUND: Support for breastfeeding has been a matter of considerable interest in healthcare. In the field of traditional and complementary medicine, the effectiveness of auricular therapy on lactation has been investigated by several clinical studies. AIM AND OBJECTIVES: This review was mainly performed to assess the current evidence of auricular therapy on lactation. The objectives were to assess the current evidence of AT for lactation, examine the intervention protocols and outcome measures adopted by the studies included, and inform clinical application and future research in this area. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review. METHOD: Narrative synthesis methodology was used to incorporate diverse forms of evidence within this systematic review. RESULTS: Twenty-three randomized controlled trials and three non-randomized controlled trials were identified, of which 25 studies applied auricular acupressure with vaccaria seeds as the sole form of auricular therapy. Relative risks calculated on the onset of lactation and milk production are all less than 1. These results indicate that women in the auricular therapy group lactated earlier than their counterparts in the control group and the risk of low milk production was reduced while on auricular therapy. Absolute risk differences showed magnitude of effect ranging from small to medium. Standardized mean differences calculated on serum prolactin data generally favor auricular therapy over routine care. Overall, mothers treated by auricular therapy exhibited better lactation outcomes. CONCLUSION: The available data show evidence of benefits for postpartum lactation from auricular therapy. However, research using a more stringent design, standardized protocol, and valid outcome measures are warranted before it can be considered to be evidence-based practice. Issues from the current studies are highlighted and may serve to inform future trials. PMID: 29122257 [PubMed - in process]