AcuTrials

Effect of acupuncture on experimentally induced itch

Item

Title

Effect of acupuncture on experimentally induced itch

Journal Publication

Date

1987

volume

117(6)

pages

771-777

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Acu Versus > 1 Control
Electroacupuncture
TCM Acupuncture Style
Fixed Acupuncture Style
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
Superficial Needling Depth
Verum Acupoint Control

Abstract

The effect of acupuncture on experimentally induced itch was studied in 10 healthy volunteers. Itching was induced by intradermal injections of histamine on the upper arm. 'Placebo-acupuncture', acupuncture and electro-acupuncture at 2 Hz or 80 Hz were applied over the injection site, proximal to the injection site (in the same dermatome) or extrasegmentally (ipsilateral to the injected arm) for a period of 5 min following induction of itch. In addition, the effect of a 5 min period and a 20 min period of stimulation of the skin area prior to the induction of itch were studied. The same periods of stimulation were also applied to extrasegmental points prior to the induction of itch on the arm. Acupuncture and 2 Hz and 80 Hz electro-acupuncture significantly reduced subjective itch intensity when applied intrasegmentally. No significant effects were obtained when stimulation was applied extrasegmentally. The results suggest that acupuncture or electro-acupuncture could be tried in clinical conditions associated with pruritus.

pmid

Date of Input: 5/28/2015; Date Modified: 5/28/2015; Availability: --In File--; Priority: Normal; Department of Physiology II, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.; eng; Web: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=3426954

Frequency of Treatment

1/WK

Time in Treatment

7 Weeks

has health condition studied

Healthy Subjects

has study population number

10

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