Acupressure combined with hypnotherapy and transcendental meditation was found to be more effective than placebo in lowering blood sugar level in Type 2 diabetic patients.

The investigators used convenience sampling for selection of patients with Type 2 diabetes; 20 patients were recruited, according to an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov.

For collection of data, they used an identical quasi-experimental design called nonequivalent control group, the abstract stated. The placebo group was given one capsule for morning and one for evening, with each capsule containing wheat flour.

The abstract did not describe the amount or duration of the acupressure, hypnotherapy nor meditation intervention.

Pre-tests, post-tests and follow-up tests were conducted in a medical laboratory

“Mean [blood sugar] level in the post-tests and follow-up tests for the experimental group was reduced significantly in comparison with the pre-tests, whereas in the placebo group no changes were observed,” the investigators noted.

For more information see the article that was published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies.

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