Cari amici,

Volevo condividere questo interessante articolo. Lo trovo molto attuale e pratico perché dimostra l'efficacia del punto yintang. Il gruppo di lavoro è composto da anestesisti di Irlanda e Gran Bretagna. Insieme hanno studiato il punto Yintang nella sua azione calmante in fase preoperatoria. Un gruppo di 128 persone è stato trattato con agopuntura su Yintang, prima di interventi di neurochirurgia. E' stato dimostrato l'effetto ansiolitico misurando lo stato dell'ansia con lo State Trait Anxiety ed i risultati rispetto al gruppo di controllo sono stati incoraggianti.

Personalmente pungo spesso questo punto in caso di pazienti con sindrome ansiosa.

Come sappiamo si trova sulla linea mediana, fra le sopracciglia. Va punto con un'angolatura di circa 45° rispetto alla radice del naso, per una profondità di circa 0,5 cun.

C. Focks ne parla come punto armonizzante che calma lo shen.

 

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Anaesthesia. 2017 Mar;72(3):335-342. doi: 10.1111/anae.13785. Epub 2017 Jan 16.

A randomised controlled trial examining the effect of acupuncture at the EX-HN3 (Yintang) point on pre-operative anxiety levels in neurosurgical patients.

 

Wiles MD1, Mamdani J2, Pullman M1, Andrzejowski JC1.

Abstract

Pre-operative anxiety is an unpleasant state of psychological distress that occurs in up to 87% of patients awaiting neurosurgical procedures. Sedative medication is undesirable in this population due to the need for early postoperative neurological assessment. Acupuncture has previously been shown to reduce pre-operative anxiety, but studies involving neurosurgical patients are lacking. This single-centre, prospective, randomised controlled trial was designed to determine the effect of acupuncture at the EX-HN3 (Yintang point) on pre-operative anxiety levels in neurosurgical patients. The study was prospectively registered before participant recruitment. After measuring baseline anxiety levels, 128 patients were randomly allocated in a 1:1 ratio by a web-based computer program to receive either acupuncture at the EX-HN3 (Yintang) point (acupuncture group) or no intervention (control group). Participants were not blinded, but all analyses were performed by a member of the research team who was unaware of the group allocation. The primary outcome measure was anxiety level after 30 min, as measured by the six-item short form of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (possible score range 20-80). Sixty-two patients in each group were subsequently analysed. Median (IQR [range]) anxiety State-Trait Anxiety Inventory score reduced significantly in the acupuncture group (46.7 (36.7-53.3 [23.3-70.0]) to 40.0 (30.0-46.7) [20.0-53.3]), p < 0.001), with no change seen in the control group (41.7 (33.3-53.3 [20.0-76.7]) to 43.3 (36.7-50.0 [20.0-76.7]), p = 0.829). There were no adverse events in either group. Acupuncture at the EX-HN3 point reduces pre-operative anxiety levels in patients awaiting neurosurgery.

© 2017 The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.