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Wang, L; Cheng, W; Sun, Z; Xu, Y; Cheng, G; Gaischek, I; Kuang, H; Litscher, G.
Ear acupressure, heart rate, and heart rate variability in patients with insomnia.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013; 2013(1):763631-763631 Doi: 10.1155/2013/763631 [OPEN ACCESS]
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Führende Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz
Litscher Gerhard
Wang Lu
Co-Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz
Gaischek Ingrid

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This high-tech "teleacupuncture study" describes a neurovegetative ear acupressure effect in patients with chronic insomnia by using heart rate variability analysis. Heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV) measurements in 31 patients (mean age ± SD: 54.3 ± 10.6 years) were performed under standardized conditions in Harbin, China, and the data analysis was performed in Graz, Austria. Similar to our previous clinical and basic teleacupuncture research works, the electrocardiograms (ECGs) were recorded by an HRV Medilog AR12 system during ear acupressure of the Shenmen point on the left ear. HR decreased significantly (P < 0.05) during and after acupressure stimulation. The effect was not visible after the first stimulation, rather it appeared in the phase following the second acupressure stimulation (10 min after the first stimulation). Total HRV showed significant stimulation-dependent increases (P < 0.05), immediately after each acupressure stimulation with a maximum after the third stimulation (20 min after the first stimulation), but there was no long-lasting effect. The present results can serve as a solid basis for the further investigations of auricular point stimulation for noninvasive complementary use in treating insomnia.

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