Research: CHA and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

CHA and COLLEAGUES, 1. Department of Nursing, Andong National University, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Republic of Korea (Dr Cha); and College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (Drs Park and Sok) conducted a study to examine the effect of auricular acupressure therapy on the stress and sleep status of middle-aged women in South Korea.

Background

This study sought to examine the effect of auricular acupressure therapy on the stress and sleep status of middle-aged women in South Korea.

Methodology

A quasi-experimental pre-test/post-test control group design was employed. The study sample consisted of 67 middle-aged women (experimental: 35 samples; control: 32 samples) in Seoul, South Korea. Auricular acupressure therapy including the auricular acupressure needle on the skin paper tape was applied on an ear for 2 weeks, 2 times per week. The acupoints were Gyogam, Sinmun, Bushin, Naebunbi, and Pijilha. For the placebo control group, only the skin paper tape without the auricular acupressure needle was applied on the same acupoints. Measures were a stress scale, cortisol level in blood, and a sleep status scale.

Results

The findings showed that there were significant differences on stress (physical: t = 2.170, P < .033; psychological: t = 2.117, P < .037), cortisol level in blood (t = 2.277, P < .025), and sleep status (t = -3.127, P < .004).

Conclusion

Health care providers should consider providing auricular acupressure therapy as an alternative method for reducing physical and psychological stress, cortisol level in blood, and sleep disturbance of middle-aged women in South Korea.

References

Cha NH1, Park YK, Sok SR. Effects of Auricular Acupressure Therapy on Stress and Sleep Disturbance of Middle-Aged Women in South Korea. Holist Nurs Pract. 31(2):102-109. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000197. Mar/Apr 2017.

Comment

The above research demonstrated significant differences in stress, cortisol blood levels and sleep with auricular acupressure therapy.

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