Acupressure features the use of fingertips to stimulate the body's acupoints. It is a regularly utilized component of traditional Chinese medicine.

This study has been done by University of Colorado at Boulder. they found active acupressure treatments were associated with a significantly greater (p=.043, eta(2)=.30) and faster (p=.002, eta(2)=.76) reduction in heart rate compared to that seen during placebo treatments. No treatment effect on blood pressure was found.

Their conclusion is Active acupressure reduced heart rate significantly more than did 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.

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Reference: Complement Ther Med. 2010 Feb;18(1):42-8. Epub 2010 Feb 6.