Does acupressure (Jin Shin) offer cardiovascular benefits following stroke?
From: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
- McFadden, K.L., Hernández, T.D., 2010. Cardiovascular benefits of acupressure (Jin Shin) following stroke. Complement Ther Med 18, 42–48.
- Participants received 8 weeks of either active or placebo acupressure followed by washout and crossover into the opposite treatment condition.
- Heart rate and blood pressure measurements were taken throughout treatments.
- Active acupressure reduced heart rate significantly more than placebo acupressure during treatments.
- Although no treatment effect on blood pressure was found, this could be due to 67% of participants taking antihypertensive medications during the study.
- Yes (without confidence)
- Acupressure, a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatment, uses fingertips, rather than needles, to stimulate acupoints on the skin
- The results have to be interpreted with caution. The number of participants was too small to make a definitive outcome and the quality of the study was poor.