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Acupuncture could be a useful tool for reducing pain and psychological symptoms in earthquake survivors, report Italian researchers. An acupuncture clinic was set up in Central Italy following a major earthquake in the region in 2016, to treat adult patients with musculoskeletal pain and psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression and insomnia. Each of 41 patients received four consecutive daily treatment sessions of 20 minutes, carried out by medical doctors trained in acupuncture. The majority of patients (68.3 percent) reported having both pain and psychological symptoms. The most frequently used channel points were Kidney, followed by Large Intestine, Spleen and Gall Bladder. After three daily sessions, 54.05 percent of patients reported marked improvements in psychological symptoms, while 60.6 percent reported a decrease in pain. Statistical analysis showed a significant difference between scores reported before the first treatment and after the third treatment, both for pain and psychological symptoms.

An Observational Study on Acupuncture for Earthquake-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Experience of the Lombard Association of Medical Acupuncturists/Acupuncture in the World, in Amatrice, Central Italy. Med Acupunct. 2019 Apr 1;31(2):116-122