Ear Acupressure Helps Reduce
Stress and Anxiety

Thirty-six patients being transported via ambulance to a hospital for various medical conditions were randomly assigned to receive auricular acupressure at the relaxation point or a sham point. Anxiety was assessed at departure and on arrival to the hospital using a visual analong scale (VAS). Anxiety levels proved to be 5% less in the relaxed group at departure and 34% less at arrival than for the sham group.

source: Kober A, Scheck T, Schubert B, Strasser H,
Gustoff B, Bertalanffy P, Wang SM, Kain ZN
Auncular acupressure as a Treatment for Anxiety in Prehospital
Transport Settings, Anesthesiology 2003 June98(6) 1328-32