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Actigraph Evaluation of Acupuncture for Treating Restless Legs Syndrome

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Title

Actigraph Evaluation of Acupuncture for Treating Restless Legs Syndrome

Journal Publication

Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

Date

2015

Research Type

RCT

Abstract

We evaluated the effects of acupuncture in patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS) by actigraph recordings. Among the 38 patients with RLS enrolled, 31 (M = 12, F = 19; mean age, 47.2 ± 9.7 years old) completed the study. Patients were treated with either standard acupuncture (n = 15) or randomized acupuncture (n = 16) in a single-blind manner for 6 weeks. Changes in nocturnal activity (NA) and early sleep activity (ESA) between week 0 (baseline), week 2, week 4, and week 6 were assessed using leg actigraph recordings, the International Restless Legs Syndrome Rating Scale (IRLSRS), and Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS). Standard but not randomized acupuncture reduced the abnormal leg activity of NA and ESA significantly in week 2, week 4, and week 6 based on the changes in the clinical scores for IRLSRS and ESS in week 4 and week 6 compared with the baseline. No side effects were observed. The results indicate that standard acupuncture might improve the abnormal leg activity in RLS patients and thus is a potentially suitable integrative treatment for long-term use.

doi

10.1155/2015/343201

pmid

Accession Number: 108824623. Language: English. Entry Date: 20170222. Revision Date: 20170222. Publication Type: journal article; pictorial; research; tables/charts; tracings; randomized controlled trial. Journal Subset: Alternative/Complementary Therapies; Biomedical; Europe; Peer Reviewed; UK & Ireland. Instrumentation: Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS); International Restless Legs Syndrome Rating Scale (IRLSRS). Grant Information: This study was sponsored and supported by the NationalNatural Science Foundation of China (81373619) and theShanghai Pujiang Programme of the Science and TechnologyCommission of Shanghai Municipality (09PJ1409300).. NLM UID: 101215021.

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