Efficacy of ah shi point acupuncture on acne vulgaris

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Title

Efficacy of ah shi point acupuncture on acne vulgaris

Author(s)

Journal Publication

Date

2010

volume

28(3)

pages

126-129

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Ah shi point acupuncture involves inserting needles at painful or pathological sites. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of ah shi point and general acupuncture point treatment of acne vulgaris. METHODS: 36 subjects were recruited and randomised in a double-blind (patient-blind and observer-blind) controlled trial to receive acupuncture either at general acupuncture points only, or at both general acupuncture points and ah shi points 12 times over 6 weeks. The subjects were evaluated using the following outcome measurements: an inflammatory lesion count, a quality-of-life scale (Skindex-29) and a subjective symptom score. RESULTS: After 12 treatment sessions, there was a significant reduction in the inflammatory acne lesion counts, the Skindex-29 scores and the subjective symptom scores from baseline in both groups, but no significant difference between groups. CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture treatment of moderate acne vulgaris was associated with reduction of inflammatory lesions and improvement of the quality of life.

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Frequency of Treatment

>1/WK

Time in Treatment

6 Weeks

has health condition studied

Skin Diseases

has study population number

36

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