A comparison of the clinical effectiveness of various acupuncture points in reducing anxiety to facilitate hypnotic induction.
This study determined if any acupuncture point (acupoint) known for its calming effects also aided hypnotic induction. Hypnosis was offered to 108 patients requiring minor surgical or dental procedures. All had a history of panic attacks and surgical or dental phobias that complicated or prevented treatment. Unpleasant intruding thoughts of imminent invasive treatments handicapped their ability to accept hypnotic induction; however, acupuncture therapy was proposed to the consenting patient to facilitate hypnotic induction and augment its effects. Each patient received one selected acupoint for acupuncture therapy. Of the 6 acupoints used (LI 4, H 7, SP 6, P 6, GV 24, and Ext-hn-21), GV 24 was best at enhancing hypnotic induction whereas LI 4 produced the best muscular relaxation and P 6 for reducing tension.
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Lu, D. P., & Lu, G. P. (2013). A comparison of the clinical effectiveness of various acupuncture points in reducing anxiety to facilitate hypnotic induction. The International Journal Of Clinical And Experimental Hypnosis, 61(3), 271–281.
Department of Dental Medicine