Acupuncture Mat Review – Clinical Trials

Study #1

We direct our prospective customers to a fascinating pilot research program presented in 1999 by Tanya Zilberter, Ph.D. and Jim Roman of the Community Holistic Health Center in North Carolina, U.S.A. and citing a 1996 U.S. study using a broadly similar acupressure massage device as the LotusMasters AcuMat ECO to apply acupressure massage to a test group of 126 responding participants.  The full text of the study may be found here:

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/233934675_Reflexo-Therapy_With_Mechanical_Cutaneous_Stimulation_Pilot_Study

To summarise the findings, a questionnaire of the 126 responding participants found as follows:

“98% reported pain relief

96% reported relaxation

94% reported improvement in the quality of sleep

and 81% reported an increase in energy level.”

Further, the authors go on to conclude:

“We suggest that, since this type of skin stimulation has been repeatedly shown to elicit reflexes causing release of endorphins into the blood stream, most of the reported results can be explained by the mobilization of this particular type of endogenous stress- and pain-protective mechanism. We also consider important the local blood flow increase as well as the involvement of dozens of acupoints activated during the procedure. In the most used position of the Panacea [acupressure massage device] upon the upper- to lower back, the acupoints involved can be expected to provide the following effects:

– Strengthening the liver, spleen and kidney
– Alleviating headaches, fatigue, depression and insomnia
– Easing spinal problems, sciatica, muscle spasms and cramps
– Activation the immune system
– Relief of flu, cold and asthma
– Regulation of digestion and elimination
– Improvement of conditions of cystitis, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, PMS and complicated periods.”

Study #2

We also direct our prospective customers to a rigorous study carried out by Claudia Hohmann et. al. using a modern acupressure mat to test whether chronic neck and back pain could be alleviated with the device.  The study is titled “The Benefit of a Mechanical Needle Stimulation Pad in Patients with Chronic Neck and Lower Back Pain: Two Randomized Controlled Pilot Studies” by Claudia Hohmann, Isabella Ullrich, Romy Lauche, Kyung-Eun Choi, Rainer Lüdtke, Roman Rolke, Holger Cramer, Felix Joyonto Saha, Thomas Rampp, Andreas Michalsen, Jost Langhorst, Gustav Dobos, and Frauke Musial.

The authors conclude:

“The outcome of the two studies presented here further supports the usefulness of the NSP [acupressure mat] as a representative of naturopathic therapies in the treatment of chronic pain syndromes.

To our knowledge, the two studies are the first to systematically investigate the outcome of the NSP [acupressure mat] as a therapeutic agent in two highly prevalent chronic pain syndromes. The results show that the NSP [acupressure mat] significantly reduced pain ratings in patients suffering from chronic pain of the neck or the lower back. Pre- to post treatment decreases in the NRS [numeric rating scales] of 30% in the NP [neck pain] study and 36% in the BP [back pain] study are in the range of a moderately important clinical difference. The effect was robust and stable even after a comparatively short treatment period (as daily treatments for 2 weeks).  At least in NP [neck pain]…the treatment improved physical functioning and thus reduced the NP [neck pain] -related disability.”

and

“The needle stimulation pad revealed a substantial potential for the alleviation of chronic NP [neck pain] and BP [back pain]. Furthermore, psychophysical data support the assumption that the pad reveals its effects at least partly on a subcortical level of the pain processing system. A further benefit of the device is the fact that it is easy to use, safe, and does not require a therapist.”

A link to the full text of this study is here:

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/753583/