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Author Paraskeva, A.; Melemeni, A.; Petropoulos, G.; Siafaka, I.; Fassoulaki, A.
Title Needling of the extra 1 point decreases BIS values and preoperative anxiety Type of Study RCT
Year 2004 Publication The American journal of Chinese medicine Abbreviated Journal Am J Chin Med
Volume 32 Issue 5 Pages 789-794
Keywords Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Anesthesia; Anxiety; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Penetrating Sham; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Acupoint Control; Sham Control; Standard Needling Depth; Stress, Psychological; TCM Acupuncture Style; Mental Disorders; Preoperative Anxiety
Abstract Acupuncture has anxiolytic effects. We investigated the effect of acupuncture on the Bispectral Index (BIS) values and anxiety. Fifty patients were randomly assigned to group A to receive acupuncture for 15 minutes on the extra 1 point (yintang) or to group C, where they received the same treatment on a control point located 2 cm lateral to the end of the right eyebrow. BIS values were recorded before acupuncture; during acupuncture every 30 seconds for 15 minutes and every 30 seconds for 90 seconds when the acupuncture treatment was accomplished. Anxiety level was assessed before and after acupuncture by a verbal score scale (VSS) (0 = no anxiety, 10 = worst anxiety). BIS values were significantly decreased during acupuncture when applied on the extra 1 point (p = 0.0001) but not on the control point. Acupuncture application significantly decreased the VSS values within the A group (p = 0.027) and in the C group (p = 0.0001), when compared to the baseline (pre-acupuncture) VSS values. However, no differences were found between the two groups regarding BIS or VSS values. In conclusion, needling the extra 1 point preoperatively significantly decreases the BIS values and the VSS for anxiety but needling of a control point decrease only VSS values
Address Department of Anesthesiology, St Savas Hospital, Athens, Greece
Language Number of Treatments 1
Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency N/A Number of Participants 50
Time in Treatment 1 Day Condition Preoperative Anxiety
Disease Category Mental Disorders OCSI Score 48
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 930
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