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

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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