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Acupressure

Research Spotlight

The databases often return HUNDREDS of medical studies for a single spa therapy. So, this section "spotlights" just five, providing a taste of the research available. They have not been selected because they are "best," but to provide an introduction to the far more extensive research you'll uncover at the 4 databases.

  • In a randomized control trial (129 patients), acupressure was found to be significantly more effective than physical therapy in reducing chronic lower back pain.
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  • In a study of 500+ patients, acupressure was effective in relieving migraine and tension headaches, replacing the need for pain medication, steroids, etc.
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  • In an experimental study at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, eight sessions of acupressure with aromatic lavender oil proved effective for short-term neck pain relief.
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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 randomized pilot study at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth (UK) on the effects of acupressure as an adjunct therapy for quitting smoking, proved inconclusive. Further studies needed.
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