A review of 15 studies on acupressure has found that acupressure “has been shown to be effective for relieving a variety of pains in different populations,” according to an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov.

“The review begins to establish a credible evidence base for the use of acupressure in pain relief,” the researchers noted.

Participants in the studies included in the review included patients with dysmenorrhea, labor pain, low back pain, chronic headache, and other traumatic pains.

“The implication for health care providers would be incorporating acupressure into their practice as an alternative therapy to facilitate patients who suffer from pain,” the abstract noted.

“The Effectiveness of Acupressure on Relieving Pain: A Systematic Review” was published in Pain Management Nursing.