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The Auriculotherapy Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem vol.22 no.3 Ribeirão Preto May/June 2014

Original Articles

Efficacy of Chinese auriculotherapy for stress in nursing staff : a randomized clinical trial
Leonice Fumiko Sato Kurebayashi 1 , Maria Júlia Paes da Silva 2

1Doctoral student, Escola de Enfermagem, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2PhD, Full Professor, Escola de Enfermagem, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil



this randomized single blind clinical study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of auriculotherapy with and without a protocol for reducing stress levels among nursing staff.


a total of 175 nursing professionals with medium and high scores according to Vasconcelos’ Stress Symptoms List were divided into 3 groups : Control (58), Group with protocol (58), Group with no protocol (59). They were assessed at the baseline, after 12 sessions, and at the follow-up (30 days).

n the Protocol group the Shen Men, Brainstem, Kidney, Liver, Liver Yang 1 and 2 points (Figure 2) were used. The Shen Men and Brainstem points have calming properties, the Kidney point has an energy function, and the Liver Yang 1 and 2 points have the function of containing the rise of Liver yang(16).

Auricular points of the Protocol group. São Paulo, SP, Brazil 2012


in the analysis of variance, statistically significant differences between the Control and Intervention groups were found in the two evaluations (p<0.05) with greater size of effect indices (Cohen) for the No protocol group. The Yang Liver 1 and 2, Kidney, Brain Stem and Shen Men were the points most used.


individualized auriculotherapy, with no protocol, could expand the scope of the technique for stress reduction compared with auriculotherapy with a protocol. NCT : 01420835

Key words : Nursing, Team ; Auriculotherapy ; Burnout Professional ; Clinical Protocols