Is the diurnal profile of salivary cortisol concentration a useful marker for measuring reported stress in acupuncture research? A randomized controlled pilot study.

@article{Huang2012IsTD,
  title={Is the diurnal profile of salivary cortisol concentration a useful marker for measuring reported stress in acupuncture research? A randomized controlled pilot study.},
  author={Weidong Huang and Alyx Taylor and Judith Howie and Nicola Robinson},
  journal={Journal of alternative and complementary medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={242-50}
}
OBJECTIVES This pilot study on the use of traditional Chinese acupuncture (TCA) to treat chronic stress explored the use of the diurnal salivary cortisol profile as a potential outcome measure. DESIGN AND METHODS Adult volunteers (n=18) with high self-reported stress levels, ascertained by screening with the Perceived Stress Scale 14, were randomized into three groups. Group 1 received weekly sessions of TCA for 5 weeks; Group 2 received attention only weekly (practitioner present and subject… CONTINUE READING
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