AcuTrials

A comparative study of diazepam and acupuncture in patients with osteoarthritis pain: a placebo controlled study

Item

Title

A comparative study of diazepam and acupuncture in patients with osteoarthritis pain: a placebo controlled study

Journal Publication

The American journal of Chinese medicine

Date

1991

volume

19(2)

pages

95-100

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Acu Versus > 1 Control
Fixed Acupuncture Protocol
Osteoarthritis, Spine
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
Superficial Needling Depth
Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical
TCM Acupuncture Style
Verum Acupoint Control

Abstract

Forty-four patients with chronic cervical osteoarthritis took part in this study. Patients were treated with acupuncture, sham-acupuncture, diazepam or placebo-diazepam in randomized order. Pain was rated on visual analogue scales before, during, and after treatment. Two scales were separately used to rate the intensity (sensory component) and the unpleasantness (affective component) of pain. The results analyzed from these trials show that diazepam, placebo-diazepam, acupuncture and sham-acupuncture have a more pronounced effect on the affective than on the sensory component of pain. Acupuncture was significantly more effective than placebo-diazepam (p less than 0.05), but not significantly more effective than diazepam or sham-acupuncture

Time in Treatment

N/A

has health condition studied

Arthritis

has study population number

44

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