A collaboration between an Austrian and a Chinese group has led to the publication of their first results in a study investigating acupuncture as a complementary therapy for patients with burnout syndrome. Two groups of patients were treated, group 1 with manual needle acupuncture and group 2 with laser needle acupuncture. Heart rate and heart rate variability were measured and both types of acupuncture had a significant effect on both heart rate and heart rate variability. The teams are carrying out further studies to confirm the preliminary findings.
Litscher G et al. Improvement of the Dynamic Responses of Heart Rate Variability Patterns after Needle and Laser Acupuncture Treatment in Patients with Burnout Syndrome: A Transcontinental Comparative Study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Oct 2013.