The aim of this study is to determine the effect of acupressure on the severity of pruritus and some laboratory parameters in patients undergoing hemodialysis.
Materials and Methods
The present clinical trial was conducted on 90 hemodialysis patients. Pressure was applied on SP6, SP10, ST36, and LI11 points in the intervention group and on ineffective points for the sham control group. The severity of itching was measured using the Numeric Rating Scale.
There was a significant reduction in the severity of pruritus over the course of the study in the intervention and sham control groups (P=0.001). Also significant differences were observed at the end of the intervention in terms of serum phosphorus (P=0.045) and parathyroid hormone (P=0.004) levels between groups.
Acupressure can improve the severity of pruritus dramatically in hemodialysis patients, but has no effect on laboratory parameters, except for serum phosphorus and parathyroid hormone levels.