The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Acupressure to treat agitation in people with dementia

    Agitated behavior occurs in nearly half of patients with dementia. It can be the difference between a person qualifying for different levels (and cost) of nursing home care.

    The problem is that the nursing staff is limited in using drugs to control it.

    Now, the results of a small study at the National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan suggest that acupressure might be a useful alternative.

    • Each of 31 nursing home patients were treated with both acupressure or companionship and conversation separated by a one week to ensure no carryover effect.
    • Treatments lasted 15 minutes, given twice a day, five days a week for four weeks.
    • Effectiveness of treatment was based on the results of a caregiver questionnaire and daily agitation records about physical and non-physical attacks, and verbal and non-verbal attacks.

    And the results.

    • Acupressure was an effective, non-intrusive method to decrease agitation in patients with dementia.
    • The effects began to fade within a week of the last treatment.

    OK, we need another confirmatory study in a larger group of patients.

    A nice summary of the study is available here at Medical News Today.

    1/27/07 23:34 JR

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