Ear acupuncture points in neonates

Van Amerongen, Kirsten Stähler; Blattmann, Fabienne Christina; Kuhn, Annette; Surbek, Daniel; Nelle, Mathias (2008). Ear acupuncture points in neonates. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine, 14(1), pp. 47-52. Larchmont, N.Y.: Mary Ann Liebert 10.1089/acm.2007.0556

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the presence and absence of acupuncture ear points in healthy neonates. DESIGN: This was a prospective observational study performed at a university teaching hospital. Subjects: The subjects were healthy neonates. We compared male and female neonates, right and left lobe, term and preterm deliveries, and cesarean sections versus vaginal deliveries. Examinations took place on the fifth day after delivery and were performed by a neuronal pen (SVESA 1070, SVESA GmbH, Munich, Germany). An integrated optical signal detected the ear points that were assigned to the Chinese ear map. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: This study looked at the presence and absence of acupuncture ear points in neonates. RESULTS: There were 27 male neonates and 23 female neonates. In 66% of neonates, no points at all were found. We detected 0-4 points on the right lobe and 0-2 points on the left lobe. The psychovegetative rim was the most common point in 26% of all children. No psychic points were detected. No significant differences were found between right and left ear lobes, male and female neonates, or term and preterm deliveries with respect to numbers of points or access of points. Moreover, there were no differences among modes of delivery. CONCLUSIONS: Some ear points in healthy neonates are detectable and not dependent on side of the ear lobe. Females had significantly more acupuncture points. There was an extremely significant difference in the group with 2 active earpoints between cesarean and vaginally delivered neonates. The most important point was the psychovegetative rim and the absence of psychic points in favor of the organ points. Possibly, ear points in neonates could be used for diagnostic and therapeutic options in neonates in the future.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Gynaecology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

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Stähler van Amerongen, Kirsten; Blattmann, Fabienne; Kuhn, Annette; Surbek, Daniel and Nelle, Mathias






Mary Ann Liebert




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