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Acupuncture analgesia is a useful method of pain control in patients with acute dental pain, a Brazilian study has found. A sample of 120 patients waiting for emergency dental care underwent one session of acupuncture, using the points Hegu L.I.-4, Neiting ST-44 and Lianquan REN-23, either alone or in combination.

Reductions in pain were observed in all patients. Mean Visual Analog Scale pain scores were found to be reduced from 6.558 to 0.962. (Acupuncture in the management of acute dental pain. J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2014 Apr;7(2):65-70)

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Research from Taiwan suggests that electro- and manual acupuncture can exert positive therapeutic effects in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Twenty-six patients with CTS were divided into two treatment groups. Fifteen received manual acupuncture, while 11 received electro-acupuncture at bilateral Daling P-7 and Neiguan P-6.

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Auricular acupuncture is an effective intervention for the relief of stress/anxiety amongst healthcare workers and supports their capacity for caring, suggests an American study. The participants showed a significant reduction in state anxiety, trait anxiety, burnout and secondary traumatic stress scores. (Auricular acupuncture to relieve health care workers' stress and anxiety: impact on caring. Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2014 May-Jun;33(3):151-9).

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