Acupressure significantly reduced heart rate among subjects who suffered a stroke, whereas placebo acupressure did not, according to recent research.
The study, “Cardiovascular benefits of acupressure (Jin Shin) following stroke,” involved 13 subjects who experienced a stroke at least 19 months earlier. Inclusion criteria were a unilateral stroke resulting in persistent deficits, as well as a difference in temperature of forearm skin-surface on the subject’s affected side as compared to his or her unaffected side.
Participants were randomly assigned to the Jin Shin acupressure group or the placebo acupressure group. Those in both groups experienced an eight-week intervention phase, with both the sham and authentic acupressure sessions lasting a total of 40 minutes, once per week.
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