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Acupuncture and phytotherapy in anxiety control with accompanying by the Bioeletrography technique

Grant number: 19/14913-4
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: September 01, 2019 - August 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Collective Health
Principal Investigator:Maria da Luz Rosario de Sousa
Grantee:Maria da Luz Rosario de Sousa
Home Institution: Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba (FOP). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil


The aim of this study will be to evaluate and compare the anxiolytic effect of acupuncture in relation to Valerian herbal medicine using the Digital Bioeletrography technique. The research will consist of 212 volunteers who will be divided into 4 groups of studies: Real Acupuncture group (n = 53), Control Acupuncture group (n = 53), Real Phytotherapy group (n = 53) and Control Phytotherapy group 53). The allocation of the volunteers in the groups will be by simple draw, without replacement. The inclusion criteria will be age between 18 and 50 years diagnosed with anxiety by the IDATE questionnaire and Bioeletrography Anxiety Test. The volunteers from the Real Acupuncture group will receive 4 acupuncture sessions during one month and the volunteers from the Control Acupuncture group will wait in queue for the same period of time, without any therapeutic intervention, but with weekly follow-up. Volunteers from the Real Phytotherapy group will receive enough Valeriana officinalis capsules for daily treatment for 4 weeks and receive weekly pharmaceutical assistance. Volunteers from the Control Phytotherapy group will receive inert capsules sufficient for the 4-week treatment and will receive weekly pharmaceutical assistance. At the beginning and at the end of each intervention, volunteers will rate their anxiety using the VAS scale answering the question "At this point how do you rate your anxiety, 0 being no anxiety and 10 being maximum anxiety?" And bioelectrographic examinations will be performed for the purpose of analysis. At the end of the proposed treatment period the new IDATE will be applied. The results obtained through the VAS, IDATE questionnaire and Bioeletrography will be analyzed statistically, with the purpose of evaluating the before and after anxiety and comparison between the groups. (AU)