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


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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