Acupressure May Decrease Preoperative Anxiety in Children
Researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine reviewed the effect of acupressure on children’s pre-procedure anxiety. The study, published in Anesthesiology Analogs , found that acupressure could decrease the levels of anxiety in children about to undergo an invasive medical procedure.
About the Study
Participants' anxiety was measured using a child anxiety questionnaire. The measurements were done at
How Does This Affect You?
This was a very small study. Larger studies will need to be done to confirm the benefits found here. However, the treatment has no known negative side effects and the special self-adhesive bead does not need to be applied by a specialist. It is an easy and low-cost method to decrease a common problem.
Medical treatments can cause anxiety and stress for anyone. If your child is undergoing medical treatments, talk to your child's healthcare team about options to help your child through the process.
Acupressure. EBSCO Natural and Alternative Treatments website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/thisTopic.php?marketID=15&topicID=114. October 2007. Accessed November 11, 2008.
Wang SM, Escalera S, Lin EC, Maranets I, Kain ZN. Extra-1 acupressure for children undergoing anesthesia. Anesth Analg . 2008 Sep;107(3):811-6.
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