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Acupressure can decrease thirst and improve quality of life in patients receiving haemodialysis treatment, according to a study carried out in Turkey. Fifty dialysis patients were randomised into intervention and control groups. In the intervention group, acupressure was applied to five acupoints (Lianquan REN-23 and bilateral Yifeng SJ-17 and Yongquan KID-1) using an acupressure device, during the first half of their dialysis sessions for three days per week, over a six week period. Acupressure treatment was found to increase the amount of saliva, decrease the severity of thirst and positively affect patients’ quality of life.

The Effect of Acupressure Applied to Individuals Receiving Hemodialysis Treatment on Severity of Thirst and Quality of Life. Altern Ther Health Med. 2021 May;27(3):20-30.