AcuTrials

The effect of acupuncture in chronic intractable epilepsy

Item

Title

The effect of acupuncture in chronic intractable epilepsy

Journal Publication

Date

1999

volume

8(3)

pages

170-174

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Near Verum Acupoint Control
Sham Acupoint Control
Semi-Individualized Acupuncture Protocol
TCM Acupuncture Style
Traditional Diagnosis Based Point Selection
Standard Needling Depth
Electroacupuncture
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
Nervous System Diseases

Abstract

We examined the effect of acupuncture on epileptic seizures in humans in a controlled clinical setting. Treatment was administered by two Chinese professors of acupuncture. Effect was measured by change in seizure frequency. Twenty-nine patients with chronic intractable epilepsy completed the study. They were randomized in two groups; 15 were given classical acupuncture and 14 were given sham acupuncture. There was a reduction in seizure frequency in both groups, which did not reach a level of statistical significance. There was also an increase in the number of seizure-free weeks in both groups, which reached a level of significance in the sham group. Thus, we have not been able to prove a beneficial effect of acupuncture in chronic intractable epilepsy

Frequency of Treatment

1/WK

Time in Treatment

8 Weeks

has health condition studied

Nervous System Diseases

has study population number

39

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