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Effects of the traditional Chinese auricular point therapy combined with relaxation training on patients with hypertension and anxiety

Objective: To observe influences of the traditional Chinese auricular point therapy combined with relaxation training on patients with primary hypertension and anxiety.

Method: Conduct random allocation on 86 inpatients with primary hypertension and anxiety according to Pocock and Simon's minimization method; 43 patients in the observation group were treated with routine nursing, ear acupoint application therapy combined with regular relaxation training (2 times/d, 30 min/time, 2 weeks of continuous training); 43 patients in the control group were only treated with routine nursing. The SAS was adopted during admission and after 2 weeks of intervention to conduct effect evaluation and record blood pressure changes.

Results: The antihypertensive efficiency in the observation group was obviously higher than that of the control group. The difference had statistical significance (p<0.05). The blood pressure, total SAS score, psychogenic and somatic anxiety scores got improved obviously after intervention. The difference had statistical significance (P<0.01). Insomnia and mood of anxiety in somatic anxiety factors were improved obviously (P<0.05); the cardiovascular, respiratory and sensory systems in psychogenic factors were improved obviously (P<0.05).

Conclusion: The traditional Chinese auricular point therapy can lower blood pressure and improve anxiety.

Author(s): Liying Li, Kewei Zhang, Na Shi