Scared of the den­tist? Why acupunc­ture may help. ..

Daily Mail - - Good Health -

ACUPUNC­TURE could help over­come dental anx­i­ety, which af­fects 30 per cent of adults, ac­cord­ing to a study by the Univer­sity of York.

In a re­view of six tri­als with 800 pa­tients, they found scores on an anx­i­ety scale taken dur­ing dental treat­ment were re­duced by eight points on av­er­age af­ter acupunc­ture — said to be ‘clin­i­cally rel­e­vant’. Larger tri­als are needed to com­pare acupunc­ture to a placebo and see the ef­fects on anx­i­ety be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter vis­it­ing the den­tist, the re­searchers wrote in the Euro­pean Jour­nal of In­te­gra­tive Medicine.

It’s thought acupunc­ture may re­lease chem­i­cals with a calm­ing ef­fect.

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