All Press Releases for October 24, 2013

Acupuncture Improves Test Performance, Memory, and Reduces Anxiety

A recent study reported in The Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies shows that acupuncture improves cognitive function and reduces anxiety. This can benefit students and people of all ages.

"Students who received acupuncture scored almost a full letter grade higher on the test", said Bussell.

    WILMETTE, IL, October 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Dr. Jason Bussell, PhD, conducted an experiment with 90 undergraduate students. Half the students received acupuncture and half did not; and the placebo effect was controlled. Then all the students took a computerized test of Working Memory- the Automated Operation Span Task. Tests of Working Memory have been associated with predicting performance with such diverse abilities as reading comprehension, arithmetic calculation, note taking, language comprehension, playing bridge, learning a computer language, learning to spell, following directions, building vocabulary, writing, complex learning, and reasoning ability. So Working Memory is a good measure of mental functioning.

Tests of Working Memory assess how well a subject can keep items in the back of their mind (memory) while performing tasks in the front of their mind (processing). Subjects who received acupuncture scored 9.5% higher in memory and committed 36% fewer processing errors. "Considering how competitive school has become, I'm sure this will be of interest to a lot of people. Students who received acupuncture scored almost a full letter grade higher on the test," said Bussell.

To assess anxiety, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory was administered before and after the treatment. Subjects who received acupuncture reported significantly less anxiety than those who did not receive it. "This technique may be especially helpful for those students who suffer with test anxiety. But even those students who do not suffer with text anxiety still had performance improved by the acupuncture. So this technique can help everyone" explained Bussell.

Research has already shown that a series of treatments can help individuals with impaired memory. This research was innovative in that it is the first study to show that just one acupuncture treatment can improve performance in healthy individuals. The study involved undergraduate students, but it is very likely that this technique can help people of all ages improve their memory and test taking; and reduce their anxiety.

Full text of the study can be found at

Jason Bussell PhD, L.Ac is founder of A Center for Oriental Medicine, in Wilmette Illinois. He earned his Master's of Science in Oriental Medicine in Chicago and his PhD in Acupuncture at the prestigious Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China. Dr. Bussell is President Emeritus of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is a Board Member on the Illinois State Government's Board of Acupuncture. He is author of the book "The Asian Diet: Simple secrets for eating right, losing weight, and being well" and has been featured on local, national, and international media.

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