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Author (up) Anastasi, J. K.; McMahon, D. J.; Kim, G. H. url  openurl
  Title Symptom management for irritable bowel syndrome: a pilot randomized controlled trial of acupuncture/moxibustion Type of Study RCT
  Year 2009 Publication Gastroenterology nursing : the official journal of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Abbreviated Journal Gastroenterol Nurs  
  Volume 32 Issue 4 Pages 243-255 JA - Gastroente  
  Keywords Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Penetrating Sham; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Moxibustion; Near Verum Acupoint Control; Pilot Study; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture + Other; Superficial Needling Depth; Sham Control; Sham Moxa; TCM Acupuncture Style; Traditional Diagnosis Based Point Selection; IBS  
  Abstract The purpose of this pilot study was to assess the effect of an individualized traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) acupuncture and moxibustion (Acu/Moxa) treatment on symptom control in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in a preliminary, randomized, sham/placebo-controlled trial. Twenty-nine men and women with IBS were randomized to either individualized Acu/Moxa (treatment group) or sham/placebo Acu/Moxa (control group). All subjects were assessed by a diagnostic acupuncturist for a TCM evaluation and individualized point prescription. Only those subjects assigned to the experimental group received the individually prescribed treatment. The diagnostic acupuncturist did not administer treatments and was blind to treatment assignments. All subjects kept a symptom diary for the duration of the study, enabling measurement of symptom frequency, severity, and improvement. The Clinical Global Impression Scale was administered preintervention to establish baseline severity and on completion of the 4-week, eight-session treatment intervention. After 4 weeks of twice-weekly Acu/Moxa treatment, average daily abdominal pain/discomfort improved whereas the control group showed minimal reduction. This between-group difference adjusted for baseline difference was statistically significant. The intestinal gas, bloating, and stool consistency composite score showed a similar pattern of improvement. The findings indicate that Acu/Moxa treatment shows promise in the area of symptom management for IBS  
  Address Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, NY 10032, USA. jka8@columbia.edu  
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  Language Number of Treatments 8  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 29  
  Time in Treatment 4 Weeks Condition Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 27  
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Author (up) Ballegaard, S.; Christophersen, S. J.; Dawids, S. G.; Hesse, J.; Olsen, N. V. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture and transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation in the treatment of pain associated with chronic pancreatitis. A randomized study Type of Study RCT
  Year 1985 Publication Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology Abbreviated Journal Scand J Gastroenterol  
  Volume 20 Issue 10 Pages 1249-1254  
  Keywords TENS; Acu Versus Sham; AcuTrials; Auricular Acupuncture; Electroacupuncture; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Penetrating Sham; Near Verum Acupoint Control; Pain; Pancreatitis; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Control; Sham Electroacupuncture; Standard Needling Depth; TCM Acupuncture Style; Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation  
  Abstract In 23 patients with pancreatitis, daily pain for at least 3 months, and no abuse of alcohol, the pain-relieving effect of electroacupuncture (13 patients) or transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) (16 patients) was studied. In two prospective studies with a cross-over design, active acupuncture was compared with sham acupuncture, and TENS of the segmental points of the pancreas with sham treatment. Neither electroacupuncture nor TENS brought about pain relief that could substitute for or supplement medical treatment  
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  Language Number of Treatments 5  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 23  
  Time in Treatment 2 Weeks Condition Pancreatitis,Chronic
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 55  
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Author (up) Bao, C. H.; Zhao, J. M.; Liu, H. R.; Lu, Y.; Zhu, Y. F.; Shi, Y.; Weng, Z. J.; Feng, H.; Guan, X.; Li, J.; Chen, W. F.; Wu, L. Y.; Jin, X. M.; Dou, C. Z.; Wu, H. G. url  doi
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  Title Randomized controlled trial: Moxibustion and acupuncture for the treatment of Crohn's disease Type of Study RCT
  Year 2014 Publication World journal of gastroenterology : WJG Abbreviated Journal World J Gastroenterol  
  Volume 20 Issue 31 Pages 11000-  
  Keywords AcuTrials; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Crohn Disease; RCT; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture + Other; Sham Control; Penetrating Sham; Superficial Needling Depth; Near Verum Acupoint Control; Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; Moxibustion; Moxa; Warming Needle; Indirect Moxibustion; TCM Acupuncture Style  
  Abstract AIM: To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of acupuncture and moxibustion for the treatment of active Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: Ninety-two patients were equally and randomly divided into the treatment group and received herb-partitioned moxibustion combined with acupuncture, and the control group received wheat bran-partitioned moxibustion combined with superficial acupuncture. The patients received three treatment sessions per week for 12 wk and were followed up for 24 wk. The main outcome was evaluated using the CD Activity Index (CDAI) score, and the secondary outcomes were evaluated using laboratory indicators such as hemoglobin (HGB), C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate, quality-of-life, endoscopic ratings, and intestinal histology scores. RESULTS: The CDAI scores of both the treatment and control groups were significantly reduced after treatment compared with those measured before treatment. However, the degree of improvement in the treatment group was significantly greater than that of the control group. The improvement in symptoms in patients of the treatment group was sustained at follow-up, whereas that of the control group was not. The overall efficacy of the treatment was significantly greater than that of the control. Both groups demonstrated significant improvements in quality-of-life ratings after treatment, but the improvement was significantly greater in the treatment group than in the control group. In addition, the patients in the treatment group showed significantly increased HGB and significantly decreased CRP levels and histopathological scores at the end of treatment, whereas the control group did not exhibit significant changes. CONCLUSION: Moxibustion with acupuncture provided significant therapeutic benefits in patients with active CD beyond the placebo effect and is therefore an effective and safe treatment for active CD.  
  Address Key Laboratory of Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Immunological Effects, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200030, China.  
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  Language Number of Treatments 36  
  Treatment Follow-up 24 Weeks Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 92  
  Time in Treatment 12 Weeks Condition Crohn Disease
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 58  
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Author (up) Cao, J.; Qu, F.; Zhou, J. openurl 
  Title Improvement of Gastic Movementon Patients with Functionsal Dyspepsia Treated with Acupuncture Type of Study RCT
  Year 2007 Publication International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture Abbreviated Journal Int J Clin Acupunct  
  Volume 16 Issue 1 Pages 23-26  
  Keywords Acu Versus Usual Care; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Dyspepsia; Electroacupuncture; Gastrointestinal Diseases; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Semi-Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical; TCM Acupuncture Style; Traditional Diagnosis Based Point Selection  
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  Language Number of Treatments 42  
  Treatment Follow-up 4 Weeks Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 114  
  Time in Treatment 7 Weeks Condition Dyspepsia
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 111  
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Author (up) Chen, C. Y.; Ke, M. D.; Kuo, C. D.; Huang, C. H.; Hsueh, Y. H.; Chen, J. R. url  doi
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  Title The influence of electro-acupuncture stimulation to female constipation patients Type of Study RCT
  Year 2013 Publication The American journal of Chinese medicine Abbreviated Journal Am J Chin Med  
  Volume 41 Issue 2 Pages 301-313  
  Keywords AcuTrials; Constipation; Gastrointestinal Diseases; RCT; Acu Versus Sham; Electroacupuncture; TCM Acupuncture Style; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Penetrating Sham; Superficial Needling Depth; Sham Control; Women's Health  
  Abstract This study aims to examine electro-acupuncture stimulation (EA) assisted therapy with analysis of heart rate variability to understand autonomic nervous activity variability (ANAV) and to track the changes in female patients with constipation. The average ages were 42+/-12 years old. The participants were divided by a single-blind and randomized trial into two groups: the electro-acupuncture-point group, and the non-electro-acupuncture-point group. Both of the groups had eight treatments, once a week. For the electro-acupuncture (EA) group, needles were inserted into their Zusunli (ST36), Shangiuxu (ST37), Tiensu (ST25), Shueidao (ST28), Guanyuan (CV4) and Qihai (CV6) points. For the sham electro-acupuncture (SA) group, needles were inserted into acu-points that were not the ones mentioned for the EA group. While inserting needles, needles were inserted lightly into the participants' skin and removed quickly (mock Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, TENTS). After an eight-week treatment period, the autonomic nervous system activities of the SA group did not show significant differences in their heart rate variability. However, the autonomic nervous system activities of the EA group had continuously increased after each session. The normalized high frequency powers (nHFP) of their autonomic nervous system activities were 26.79 in the first week, and they increased to 32.28 in the fourth week. In the eighth week, their nHFP had increased to 37.60 (p < 0.05). The normalized low frequency power (nLFP) was 30.81 in the first week. However, it decreased to 25.98 after three weeks of treatment. After the eight-week treatment period, the nLFP decreased to 24.84 (p < 0.05). After the eight-week treatment, the control group did not appear to undergo any physiological change, while the constipation had been improved for the experimental group. It was found that the activation of parasympathetic nervous system in the experimental group increased after the eight-week treatment. The effects of such a result on the enhancement of the activation of parasympathetic nervous system and the improvement of constipation should be further discussed.  
  Address Institute of Electronic Engineering, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan.  
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  Language Number of Treatments 8  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency 1/WK Number of Participants 60  
  Time in Treatment 8 Weeks Condition Constipation
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 136  
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Author (up) Chen, L. url  doi
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  Title Acupuncture Combined with Tuina Treatment for Infantile Diarrhea Type of Study RCT
  Year 2013 Publication Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science Abbreviated Journal J Acupunct Tuina Sci  
  Volume 11 Issue 1 Pages 31-35  
  Keywords AcuTrials; RCT; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Diarrhea, Infantile; Acu Versus Usual Care; Acupuncture; Bloodletting; Tuina; TCM Acupuncture Style; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture + Other; Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical  
  Abstract OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of acupuncture combined with Tuina for infantile diarrhea. METHODS: One hundred and twenty patients met the inclusion criteria were randomly divided into two groups at the ratio of 2:1, and there were 80 cases in the treatment group while 40 cases in the control group. The patients in the treatment group were treated with acupuncture combined with tuina, while those in the control group were treated with medication. The effects of two groups were compared after a 3-day treatment. RESULTS: The total effective rate was 97.5% in the treatment group, versus 87.5% in the control group, and the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). After 48-hour treatments, the antidiarrhea effect of the treatment group was better than that of the control group (P<0.05). CONCLUSION: Acupuncture combined tunia treatment is effective for infantile diahrrhea and works fast. KEY WORKS: Acupuncture Therapy; Tuina; Massage; Diarrhea, Infantile; Pricking Needling;  
  Address Acupuncture Department, Weifang City Hospital of traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong 261041, China  
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  Language Number of Treatments 3  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 120  
  Time in Treatment 3 Days Condition Diarrhea, Infantile
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 142  
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Author (up) Chen, Y.Q.; Lai, X.S. openurl 
  Title Clinical Study Clinical Observation on Combined Warming Needle and Patented Chinese Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Type of Study Journal Article
  Year 2009 Publication J Acupunct Tuina Sci Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 7 Issue Pages 274-277  
  Keywords AcuTrials; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Ibs; Rct; Acu Versus CAM Control; Acupuncture; Warming Needle; Moxa; Moxibustion; Indirect Moxibustion; TCM Acupuncture Style; Semi-Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Traditional Diagnosis Based Point Selection; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture + Other; Herbal Formula; CAM Control  
  Abstract Objective: To evaluate the clinical efficacy and quality of life of combined warming needle and patented Chinese medicine for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) due to liver-qi stagnation with spleen deficiency. Method: Sixty IBS cases were randomized into a treatment or control group by single-blind method. Warming needles on Tianshu (ST 25) and Dachangshu (BL 25) combined with patented Chinese medicine were adopted for cases in the treatment group, whereas the patented Chinese medicine alone was adopted in the control group. Results: The therapeutic efficacies in the two groups did not show substantial differences. The main symptoms were significantly improved after the treatment (P<0.01). After 2 weeks of treatment, the cases in the treatment group obtained a better improvement than the control group (P<0.01, P.<0.05) in the severity or frequency of abdominal pain, abdominal distension, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, suspiciousness, and loose stools with a sense of incomplete emptying. The patient's quality of life was improved in both groups (P<0.01). Conclusion: Both treatment methods could improve the clinical symptoms and increase the patient's quality of life. The total effective rate in the treatment group was slightly higher than the control group. Also, the combined warming needle and Chinese herbs could improve the main symptoms in a faster way.  
  Address Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangdong 510405, P. R. China  
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  Language Number of Treatments 12  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 60  
  Time in Treatment 4 Weeks Condition Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Date of Input: 4/2/2015; Date Modified: 5/15/2015; Availability: --In File--; Priority: Normal; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangdong 510405, P. R. China Approved no  
  Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 1735  
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Author (up) Chen, Z.; Xu, F. openurl 
  Title Clinical Research of Stomach Three-needle Acupuncture in the Treatment of Postoperative Gastroparesis Syndrome Type of Study Journal Article
  Year 2013 Publication Int J Clin Acupunct Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 22 Issue 2 Pages 58-60  
  Keywords AcuTrials; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Gastroparesis; Rct; Acu Versus Usual Care; Acupuncture; TCM Acupuncture Style; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical; Ponv; Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting; Vomiting; Nausea  
  Abstract Objective: To investigate the clinical effect of Stomach Three-needle acupuncture in the treatment of postoperative gastroparesis syndrome (PGS). Methods: 40 patients with postoperative gastroparesis syndrome were randomized into the treatment group and control group, with 20 patients in each group. Total effective rate in each group was observed after treatment and the scores of main clinical symptoms and corresponding difference were compared before and after treatment. Results: After 2 weeks of treatment, the total effective rate of the treatment group and the control group was 85 and 55%, respectively. Clinical symptom scores were improved compared with the same group before and after the treatment, and great significance was observed between the two groups (P< 0.01). The comparisons of clinical symptom score difference in two groups showed very obvious significance before and after treatment (P < 0.01). Conclusion: Stomach Three-needle Acupuncture combined with Mosapride could effectively treat postoperative gastroparesis syndrome.  
  Address The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China. E-mail: captainmollo@gmail.com  
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  Language Number of Treatments 14  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 40  
  Time in Treatment 2 Weeks Condition Gastroparesis
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Date of Input: 2/5/2015; Date Modified: 4/9/2015; Availability: --In File--; Priority: Normal; Gastroparesis; The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China. E-mail: captainmollo@gmail.com Approved no  
  Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 1776  
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Author (up) Cheong, K. B.; Zhang, J. P.; Huang, Y. url  doi
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  Title The effectiveness of acupuncture in postoperative gastroparesis syndrome – A systematic review and meta-analysis Type of Study Systematic Review
  Year 2014 Publication Complementary therapies in medicine Abbreviated Journal Complement Ther Med  
  Volume 22 Issue 4 Pages 767-786  
  Keywords Systematic Review; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Gastroparesis; Acupuncture; Postoperative; PGS  
  Abstract BACKGROUND: Postoperative gastroparesis syndrome (PGS) which is mainly manifested as delayed gastric emptying is often caused by upper abdominal and sometimes lower abdominal surgery. In view of the side effects of drugs therapy, the search of supplementary and alternative has been of increasing interest. OBJECTIVE: This paper included a systematic review and meta-analysis on the use of acupuncture and acupoints selection in PGS. Quality for meta-analysis was evaluated using GRADE while each trial was assessed with CONSORT and STRICTA for TCM. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing acupuncture with non-acupuncture treatment were identified from databases PubMed, EBSCO, Ovid, Cochrane, CNKI and Wanfangdata. Meta-analysis on eligible studies was performed using fixed-effects model with RevMan 5.2. Results were expressed as relative risk (RR) for dichotomous data, and 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated. RESULTS: Of the 348 studies reviewed, 16 RCTs met the inclusion criteria for review while 7 RCTs, 188 patients (intervention) and 182 patients (control) met the criteria for meta-analysis. Both acupuncture and acupuncture combined with medication showed significant higher total effective rate than control (usual care/medication); with (RR 1.27, 95% CI 1.13, 1.44; P<0.0001) and (RR 1.37, 95% CI 1.18, 1.58; P<0.0001) respectively. All included RCTs reported positive effect of acupuncture in PGS treatment. ST36, CV12 and PC6 seemed to be the common acupoints selected. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggested acupuncture might be effective to improve PGS, however, a definite conclusion could not be drawn due to low quality of trials. Further large-scale, high-quality randomized clinical trials are needed to validate this. STUDY REGISTRATION: PROSPERO CRD42013005485.  
  Address School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, Guangdong, China.  
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  Time in Treatment Condition Gastroparesis
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 156  
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Author (up) Choi, T. Y.; Lee, M. S.; Ernst, E. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture for cancer patients suffering from hiccups: a systematic review and meta-analysis Type of Study Systematic Review
  Year 2012 Publication Complementary therapies in medicine Abbreviated Journal Complement Ther Med  
  Volume 20 Issue 6 Pages 447-455  
  Keywords AcuTrials; Systematic Review; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Hiccup; Neoplasms; Acupuncture; Cancer; Meta-Analysis  
  Abstract OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review was to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating hiccups in patients with cancer. METHOD: Thirteen databases were searched from their inception through July 2011 without language restrictions. Randomised clinical trials (RCTs) were included if acupuncture was used as the sole treatment or as a part of a combination therapy with conventional drugs for hiccups in cancer patients. Studies were included if they compared acupuncture to placebo, drug therapy or no treatment. Cochrane criteria were used to assess the risk of bias. RESULTS: A total of 5 RCTs met our inclusion criteria. All of the included RCTs were associated with a high risk of bias. The majority of studies suggested favourable effects of acupuncture compared with conventional treatments. A meta-analysis revealed superior response rates for acupuncture compared with intramuscular injections (n=162; RR, 1.87; 95% CI 1.26-2.78; P=0.002; heterogeneity: chi(2)=3.16, P=0. 21, I(2)=37%). CONCLUSIONS: This systematic review provides very limited evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture compared with the conventional therapy (intramuscular injections) for treating hiccups. The total number, as well as was the methodological quality, of the RCTs included in this review was low. Rigorous RCTs will be necessary in the future to test the efficacy of acupuncture for treating hiccups in cancer patients.  
  Address Medical Research Division, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, South Korea.  
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  Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants  
  Time in Treatment Condition Hiccup
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 183  
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Author (up) Choi, T. Y.; Lee, M. S.; Ernst, E. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture for cancer patients suffering from hiccups: a systematic review and meta-analysis Type of Study Systematic Review
  Year 2012 Publication Complementary therapies in medicine Abbreviated Journal Complement Ther Med  
  Volume 20 Issue 6 Pages 447-455  
  Keywords AcuTrials; Systematic Review; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Hiccup; Neoplasms; Acupuncture; Meta-Analysis; Cancer  
  Abstract OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review was to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating hiccups in patients with cancer. METHOD: Thirteen databases were searched from their inception through July 2011 without language restrictions. Randomised clinical trials (RCTs) were included if acupuncture was used as the sole treatment or as a part of a combination therapy with conventional drugs for hiccups in cancer patients. Studies were included if they compared acupuncture to placebo, drug therapy or no treatment. Cochrane criteria were used to assess the risk of bias. RESULTS: A total of 5 RCTs met our inclusion criteria. All of the included RCTs were associated with a high risk of bias. The majority of studies suggested favourable effects of acupuncture compared with conventional treatments. A meta-analysis revealed superior response rates for acupuncture compared with intramuscular injections (n=162; RR, 1.87; 95% CI 1.26-2.78; P=0.002; heterogeneity: chi(2)=3.16, P=0. 21, I(2)=37%). CONCLUSIONS: This systematic review provides very limited evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture compared with the conventional therapy (intramuscular injections) for treating hiccups. The total number, as well as was the methodological quality, of the RCTs included in this review was low. Rigorous RCTs will be necessary in the future to test the efficacy of acupuncture for treating hiccups in cancer patients.  
  Address Medical Research Division, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, South Korea.  
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  Time in Treatment Condition Hiccup
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 184  
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Author (up) Cittadini, M.; Marmori, F.; Diacinti, D.; Walker, J. I. openurl 
  Title Randomized Trial of Acupuncture Compared with Prokinetic Drugs and Sham Acupuncture for Chronic Idiopathic Dyspepsia Type of Study RCT
  Year 2003 Publication Medical acupuncture Abbreviated Journal Med Acupunct  
  Volume 14 Issue 2 Pages 17-18  
  Keywords Acu Versus > 1 Control; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Dyspepsia; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Heartburn; Penetrating Sham; Sham Acupoint Control; RCT; Sham Control; Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical; Unspecified Acupuncture Style; Nausea; Anorexia Nervosa; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only  
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  Language Number of Treatments 9  
  Treatment Follow-up 6 Weeks Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 152  
  Time in Treatment 3 Weeks Condition Dyspepsia
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score 52  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 196  
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Author (up) Da, N.; Wang, X.; Liu, H.; Xu, X.; Jin, X.; Chen, C.; Zhu, D.; Bai, J.; Zhang, X.; Zou, Y.; Hu, G.; Zhang, J. url  doi
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  Title The Effectiveness of Electroacupuncture for Functional Constipation: A Randomized, Controlled, Clinical Trial Type of Study Journal Article
  Year 2015 Publication Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 2015 Issue Pages 1-5  
  Keywords Gastrointestinal Diseases; Constipation; RCT; Acu Versus Sham; Electroacupuncture; Acupuncture; TCM Acupuncture Style; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Control; Penetrating Sham; Superficial Needling Depth; Near Verum Acupoint Control; Sham Electroacupuncture  
  Abstract Background. Electroacupuncture (EA) has been reported to treat functional constipation (FC). The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of EA with different needle insertion method for FC. Methods. Sixty-seven participants were randomly assigned to control (EA with shallow puncture) and EA (with deep puncture) groups. Every patient received 5 treatments per week in the first two weeks, then 3 treatments per week during the following six weeks. Complete spontaneous bowel movements (CSBM), spontaneous bowel movements (SBM), Bristol stool scores (BSS), and Patient Assessment of Constipation Quality of Life (PAC-QOL) were assessed. Results. Both shallow and deep EA significantly increased CSBM frequency compared to the baseline. CSBM was increased from 0.50 ± 0.59/wk to 2.00 ± 1.67/wk with deep EA and from 0.48 ± 0.59/wk to 1.33 ± 1.09/wk with shallow EA (P < 0.05, resp.). Similar finding was noted in SBM. Deep EA was more potent than shallow EA (P < 0.05) during the treatment period. No difference was found on BSS and PAC-QOL between two groups. Conclusion. It is effective and safe with EA to treat FC. Studies with large sample size and long-term observation are needed for further investigation.  
  Address Second Clinic Medical School, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210000, China  
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  Language Number of Treatments 28  
  Treatment Follow-up 20 Weeks Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 67  
  Time in Treatment 8 Weeks Condition Constipation
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 1883  
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Author (up) Deng, G.; Wong, W. D.; Guillem, J.; Chan, Y.; Affuso, T.; Yeung, K. S.; Coleton, M.; Sjoberg, D.; Vickers, A.; Cassileth, B. url  doi
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  Title A Phase II, Randomized, Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Reduction of Postcolectomy Ileus Type of Study RCT
  Year 2013 Publication Annals of surgical oncology Abbreviated Journal Ann Surg Oncol  
  Volume 20 Issue 4 Pages 1164-1169  
  Keywords AcuTrials; RCT; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Ileus; Acu + Usual Care Versus Sham + Usual Care; TCM Acupuncture Style; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Acupuncture; Electroacupuncture; Sham Control; Non Penetrating Sham, Mechanical; Non Penetrating Sham, Electrical; Verum Acupoint Control; Ileus, Postoperative; Colectomy  
  Abstract PURPOSE: Postoperative ileus (POI) prolongs hospital stay and increases risk of postoperative complications. We conducted a randomized, sham-controlled trial to evaluate whether acupuncture reduces POI more effectively than sham acupuncture. METHODS: Colon cancer patients undergoing elective colectomy were randomized to receive 30 min of true or sham acupuncture twice daily during their first 3 postoperative days. GI-3 (the later of the following two events: time that the patient first tolerated solid food, AND time that the patient first passed flatus OR a bowel movement) and GI-2 (the later of the following two events: time patient first tolerated solid food AND time patient first passed a bowel movement) were determined. Pain, nausea, vomiting, and use of pain medications were evaluated daily for the first 3 postoperative days. RESULTS: Ninety patients were randomized. Eighty-one received the allocated intervention: 39 in the true acupuncture group and 42 in the sham acupuncture group, all evaluated for the primary endpoint. The mean time to GI-3 was 149 h [standard deviation (SD) 71 h] and 146 (SD 62 h) after surgery for the acupuncture group and the sham acupuncture group (difference between means -2 h; 95 % confidence interval -31, 26; p = 0.9). No significant differences were found between groups for secondary endpoints. CONCLUSIONS: True acupuncture as provided in this study did not reduce POI more significantly than sham acupuncture. The study was limited by a standard deviation much larger than expected, suggesting that a study with a larger sample size might be required.  
  Address Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA, dengg@mskcc.org.  
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  Language Number of Treatments 6  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 90  
  Time in Treatment 1 Week Condition Ileus
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 235  
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Author (up) Dickman, R.; Schiff, E.; Holland, A.; Wright, C.; Sarela, S. R.; Han, B.; Fass, R. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture vs. doubling the PPI dose in refractory heartburn Type of Study RCT
  Year 2007 Publication Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics Abbreviated Journal Aliment Pharmacol Ther  
  Volume Issue Pages -  
  Keywords Acu + Usual Care Versus Usual Care; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Gastroesophageal Reflux; Gastrointestinal Diseases; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Semi-Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical; TCM Acupuncture Style; Traditional Diagnosis Based Point Selection  
  Abstract Background and Aims: The current standard of care in PPI failure is to double the PPI dose, despite limited therapeutic gain. The aim of the study was to determine the efficacy of adding acupuncture versus doubling the PPI dose in GERD patients who failed symptomatically on PPI once daily. Methods: Thirty patients with classic heartburn symptoms who continued to be symptomatic on standard-dose PPI were enrolled into the study. All participants underwent upper endoscopy while on PPI once daily. Subsequently, patients were randomized to either adding acupuncture to their PPI or doubling the PPI dose over a period of four weeks. Acupuncture was delivered twice a week by an expert. Results: The two groups did not differ in demographic parameters. The acupuncture + PPI group demonstrated a significant decrease in the mean daytime heartburn, nighttime heartburn, and acid regurgitation scores at the end of treatment as compared to baseline, while the double-dose PPI group did not demonstrate a significant change in their clinical endpoints. Mean general health score was only significantly improved in the acupuncture + PPI group. Conclusions: Adding acupuncture is more effective than doubling the PPI dose in controlling GERD-related symptoms in patients who failed standard-dose PPI  
  Address The Neuroenteric Clinical Research Group, Section of Gastroenterology, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ, USA  
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  Language Number of Treatments 10  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 30  
  Time in Treatment 4 Weeks Condition Gastroesophageal Reflux
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 244  
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Author (up) Duan, J.; Peng, W.; Liu, Z.; Yang, D.; Guo, J. openurl 
  Title Clinical Study on Deep Insertion at Tianshu (ST 25) for Colonic Slow Transit Constipation Type of Study RCT
  Year 2011 Publication Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science Abbreviated Journal J Acupunct Tuina Sci  
  Volume 9 Issue 1 Pages 46-50  
  Keywords AcuTrials; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Constipation; RCT; Acu Versus > 1 Control; Electroacupuncture; Acupuncture; TCM Acupuncture Style; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; CAM Control; Acu Versus Acu; Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical  
  Abstract Objective: To observe the clinical effect of deep insertion at Tianshu (ST 25) for colonic slow transit constipation (STC). Methods: 120 cases of STC patients were randomly divided, 60 cases in a deep insertion group, 30 cases in an electroacupuncture group and 30 cases in a medication group by 2:1:1 ratio. The deep insertion group was treated with deep insertion at Tianshu (ST 25). The electroacupuncture group was treated with routine insertion at Tianshu (ST 25). The medication group was treated with oral administration of Lactulose oral liquid. The first voluntary defecation time, and constipation scores before the treatment, four weeks after the treatment and relevant scores of clinical symptoms were assessed in the three groups of the patients. Results: The scores of the clinical symptoms in improvement of constipation were better in the deep insertion group than in the electroacupuncture group and medication group, with differences in statistical significance (P<0.01). The unsuccessful numbers in the improvement of defecation and abdominal pain were also better in the deep insertion group than in the other two groups, and better in instant effect in the deep insertion. Conclusion: The improvement of STC clinical symptoms was better by deep insertion at Tianshu (ST 25) than by medication and routine acupuncture method at Tianshu (ST 25).  
  Address Guang'anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100053, P. R. China  
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  Language Number of Treatments 20  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 120  
  Time in Treatment 4 Weeks Condition Constipation
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 266  
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Author (up) Fireman, Z.; Segal, A.; Kopelman, Y.; Sternberg, A.; Carasso, R. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. A double-blind controlled study Type of Study RCT
  Year 2001 Publication Digestion Abbreviated Journal Digestion  
  Volume 64 Issue 2 Pages 100-103  
  Keywords Abdominal Pain; Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Cross-Over Design; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Gastrointestinal Diseases; IBS; Penetrating Sham; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Non Specific Acupoint Control; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Control; Standard Needling Depth; TCM Acupuncture Style  
  Abstract BACKGROUND/AIM: Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders in Western society, affecting around 15% of the population, especially young adults. The cause(s) of irritable bowel syndrome and effective treatment(s) have remained elusive. This study aimed at exploring the therapeutic value of acupuncture by comparing the responses of irritable bowel syndrome sufferers to true acupuncture versus sham acupuncture in a controlled double-blind study. METHODS: Twenty-five patients who fulfilled the Rome criteria (irritable bowel syndrome symptoms persisting for more than 1 year) comprised the final study population. They were recruited through a 'call for' bulletin sent to gastroenterologists practicing in the region of our medical center. True acupuncture was performed at LI-4 (colonic meridian, needle only) and sham acupuncture at BL-60 (urinary vesicle meridian, needle only). Patient assignment to one of the two groups was random. RESULTS: The effect of the first true acupuncture on overall symptoms and abdominal pain was a clear and significant improvement (p = 0.05). No comparable effect was seen in the second session. CONCLUSIONS: Although the true acupuncture results were consistently better, no difference was found between the two groups in the overall statistical analysis. We could not show a therapeutic benefit of this treatment modality in irritable bowel syndrome  
  Address Department of Gastroenterology, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel. fireman@hillel-yaffe.health.gov.il  
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  Language Number of Treatments 2  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency 1/WK Number of Participants 25  
  Time in Treatment 2 Weeks Condition Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score 56  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 326  
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Author (up) Forbes, A.; Jackson, S.; Walter, C.; Quraishi, S.; Jacyna, M.; Pitcher, M. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome: A blinded placebo-controlled trial Type of Study RCT
  Year 2005 Publication Abbreviated Journal World J Gastroenterol  
  Volume 11 Issue 26 Pages 4040-4044  
  Keywords Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Penetrating Sham; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Acupoint Control; Sham Control; TCM Acupuncture Style; Traditional Diagnosis Based Point Selection; IBS  
  Abstract AIM: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder and many patients fail to find adequate relief from conventional therapies for their symptoms. This study tests the claim that acupuncture is effective for a majority of these patients. METHODS: A prospective, blinded, sham acupuncture-controlled trial of traditional Chinese acupuncture was performed at a single postgraduate teaching hospital in Europe. Sixty patients with well-established IBS were recruited. The blinded comparator was sham acupuncture administered by the second of two acupuncturists who alone was aware of the randomization, and who otherwise followed the prescription of the first. The primary end-point was a defined fall in the symptom score at 13 wk (by intention to treat). The prior expectation was a 30% placebo response, and a response rate of 70% from acupuncture, for which the study was adequately powered. RESULTS: Patients in treated and sham groups improved significantly during the study-mean improvement in scores being equal (minus 1.9) and significant for both (P<0.05; one-tailed t test). There was a small numeric but non-significant difference between the response rate in patients receiving acupuncture (40.7%) and sham treatment (31.2%). Several secondary end-points marginally favored active treatment, but an improved symptom score of any degree of magnitude occurred more often with sham therapy (65.6% vs 59.2%). For no criterion was statistical significance approached. CONCLUSION: Traditional Chinese acupuncture is relatively ineffective in IBS in the European hospital setting, and the magnitude of any effect appears insufficient to warrant investment in acupuncture services  
  Address St Mark's Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow HA1 3UJ, United Kingdom. lastair.forbes@ic.ac.uk  
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  Language Number of Treatments 10  
  Treatment Follow-up 2 Weeks Frequency 1/WK Number of Participants 59  
  Time in Treatment 10 Weeks Condition Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score 72  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 331  
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Author (up) Gao, X.; Yuan, J.; Li, H.; Ren, S. url  openurl
  Title Clinical research on acupuncture and moxibustion treatment of chronic atrophic gastritis Type of Study RCT
  Year 2007 Publication Journal of traditional Chinese medicine = Chung i tsa chih ying wen pan / sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine Abbreviated Journal J Tradit Chin Med  
  Volume 27 Issue 2 Pages 87-91  
  Keywords CAM Control; Acu Versus > 1 Control; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Gastritis, Atrophic; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Herbal Formula; Moxibustion; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture + Other; TCM Acupuncture Style  
  Abstract OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical therapeutic effects of acupuncture and moxibustion in treating chronic atrophic gastritis. METHODS: Patients who met the criteria were randomly divided into the treatment groups consisting of the acupuncture group (30 cases) and the acupuncture-moxibustion group (30 cases), and the control group (28 cases). After two months of treatment, observed were safety and the curative effects, through general physical check ups, routine examinations of blood, urine and feces, and symptoms, pathology and gastrin before, during and after the treatment. RESULTS: (1) The treatment groups showed significant superiorities in the improvement of symptoms, with the acupuncture-moxibustion group showing the best therapeutic effects. (2) The acupuncture-moxibustion group showed marked differences before and after the treatment in the improvement of glandular atrophy and intestinal metaplasia, with a total effective rate of 66.67%. (3) After the treatment, the three groups all showed marked improvement in the level of serum gastrin, with the acupuncture-moxibustion group showing the best effects. CONCLUSION: Acupuncture and moxibustion have definite therapeutic effects for chronic atrophic gastritis, especially in improving the symptoms. Acupuncture or acupuncture combined with moxibustion can provide possibilities in reversing the pathologic changes of glandular atrophy and intestinal metaplasia for patients with chronic atrophic gastritis. Acupuncture-moxibustion is really an effective and safe therapy for chronic atrophic gastritis  
  Address Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Henan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Zhengzhou 450008, China  
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  Language Number of Treatments  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 88  
  Time in Treatment 8 Weeks Condition Gastritis, Atrophic
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 360  
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Author (up) Garcia, M. K.; Skibber, J.; Rodriguez-Bigas, M.; Chang, D. Z.; Feig, B.; Bisanz, Annette; Palmer, L.; Cohen, L.; Chiang, J. openurl 
  Title Acupuncture to Prevent Prolonged Postoperative Ileus: A Randomized Controlled Trial Type of Study RCT
  Year 2000 Publication Medical acupuncture Abbreviated Journal Med Acupunct  
  Volume 20 Issue 2 Pages 83-88  
  Keywords Abdominal Bloating; Acu Versus Usual Care; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Electroacupuncture; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; RCT; Usual Care Control, Unspecified; TCM Acupuncture Style; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Abdominal Surgery  
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  Language Number of Treatments 8  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 38  
  Time in Treatment 1 Week Condition Ileus
  Disease Category Gastrointestinal Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 363  
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