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Acupressure 'good for back pain'

Acupressure is more effective in reducing lower back pain than standard physical therapies, a study suggests.

Researchers in Taiwan found the effects of the therapy which involves applying pressure on points stimulated by acupuncture lasted for six months.

They gave 129 patients six doses of either acupressure or physical therapy over a month and compared the results.

The study in the BMJ Online also found those who had acupressure had improved body function and were less disabled.

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Acupoint stimulation shows promise for heartburn

Mon Sep 12, 2005

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A no-needle version of acupuncture could offer a new way to battle chronic heartburn, if preliminary research pans out.

The study, involving heartburn-free volunteers, found that electrical stimulation of an acupuncture point on the wrist reduced the number of "relaxations" in the band of muscle surrounding the passage from the esophagus to the stomach.

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