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Acupressure

Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • In a randomized controlled trial (129 patients), acupressure was found to be significantly more effective than physical therapy in reducing chronic lower back pain.
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  • A Pennsylvania State University (US) study revealed that an acupressure wristband is effective in decreasing motion sickness symptoms.
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  • A Cochrane review (2011, 13 trials, 1986 women) found that acupressure may help relieve – and reduce use of pharmacological management - with labor pain, but also called for further research.
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  • A meta-review of available trials (2011) summarized that 16/23 studies found acupressure effective, primarily for management of nausea/vomiting. 9/10 indicated it was effective for dysmenorrhea pain, and pain during labor and after trauma - while 6 reported it improved fatigue and reduced insomnia. Researchers concluded, however, that while acupressure’s impact on symptoms may be wide-ranging, more rigorous trials are needed.
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  • A Cochrane review (2010, 13 trials, 1,596 participants) assessing the impact of massage types on lower back pain, indicated that acupressure or pressure point massage provided more relief than classic (Swedish) massage. They also argued further research needed.
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