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Efficacy of ear acupuncture on attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder in 7-14 years old children
Farideh Farokhzadi1 , Afsaneh Khajevand Khosli * 2, Mohamad Reza Mohamadi3 , Malahat Akbarfahimi4 , Neda Ali Beigi5
1- Ph.D Candidate in Psychology, Department of Psychology, Gorgan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Gorgan, Iran. farokhzadi.f@gmail.com
2- Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Gorgan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Gorgan, Iran , khajevand_a@yahoo.com
3- Professor, Psychiatry and Psychology Research Center Roozbeh Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
5- Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Psychosis Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Background and Objective: Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common psychiatric disorders. This study was conducted to determine the effect of ear acupuncture on ADHD symptoms in children aged 7-14.
Methods: This quasi-experimental study was performed on 30 children with ADHD whom did not receive Ritalin, whom referred to the private psychiatric clinic of children in Tehran. A questinare child syndrome inventory (parental form) and integrated visual and auditory (IVA) test with a pre-test and post-test design was used in this study. The ear acupuncture treatment for 8 weeks with uniform pressure on the ear seed was applied on five points of the ear, including brain, excitement, prefrontal cortex, shen men and tranquilizar.
Results: The auditory vigilance subscale from the attention area and the auditory prudence subscale of the auditory response from the inhibition area in the pre-test phase in compared to the post-test were statistically significant (P<0.05).
Conclusion: The 8-week acupuncture on the ear improves the auditory vigilance subscale and the auditory prudence subscale in children with ADHD.
Keywords: Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, Ear-acupuncture, Child
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