What is it about?

The integration of techniques from acupressure into conventional psychotherapy has been the subject of more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, including over 125 clinical trials. This review finds that this evidence shows the approach to be not only effective, but unusually rapid and that the improvements are durable. The mechanisms that lead to these outcomes, implications for clinicians, and directions for future research are all discussed.

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Why is it important?

If bringing this somatic component into conventional talk-oriented psychotherapy substantially improves outcomes, the implications are enormous. With rising rates of anxiety, depression, and PTSD in adults as well as children, the need for more effective clinical interventions is pressing.


I hope this review of the scientific evidence brings attention to this method within the clinical community and the general public.

David Feinstein

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This page is a summary of: Integrating the manual stimulation of acupuncture points into psychotherapy: A systematic review with clinical recommendations., Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, May 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/int0000283.
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