Saturday, December 18, 2010

Acupuncture for Colic!

It is rare I get calls to treat infants, but a new study demonstrates the potential effectiveness of acupuncture use in this population. In a double-blind, randomized control study of infants of 36-week gestation or more with at least 3 hours of colic-related crying per day 3 times per week, found reduction in duration and severity with stimulation of acupuncture point LI4 for 2 seconds on one side and then the other for 6 sessions over 3 weeks. Longer retention and stimulation in previous studies had a more immediate effect, but this may pave the way for parental-administered acupressure at home as a viable therapy.

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