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Author Ugurlu, F.G.; Sezer, N.; Aktekin, L.; Fidan, F.; Tok, F.; Akkus, S.
Title The effects of acupuncture versus sham acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled clinical trial Type of Study RCT
Year 2017 Publication Acta Reumatologica Portuguesa Abbreviated Journal Acta Reumatol Port
Volume 42 Issue 1 Pages 32-37
Keywords AcuTrials; RCT; Acupuncture; Nervous System Diseases; Fibromyalgia; Musculoskeletal Diseases; Acu Versus Sham; TCM Acupuncture Style; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Control; Non Penetrating Sham; Verum Acupoint Control
Abstract OBJECTIVE: The aim of this manuscript is to determine and to compare the efficacy of real acupuncture with sham acupuncture on fibromyalgia (FM) treatment. METHODS: 50 women with FM were randomized into 2 groups to receive either true acupuncture or sham acupuncture. Subjects were evaluated with VAS (at night, at rest, during activity), SF-36, Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), Beck Depression scale (BDI), Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) at baseline, 1 month and 2 months after the 1st session. Patients in both groups received 3 sessions in the 1st week, 2 sessions/week during 2 weeks and 1 session/week in the following 5 weeks (totally 12 sessions). RESULTS: 25 subjects with a mean age of 47,28+/-7,86 years were enrolled in true acupuncture group and 25 subjects with a mean age of 43,60+/-8,18 years were enrolled in sham acupuncture group. Both groups improved significantly in all parameters 1 month after the 1st session and this improvement persisted 2 months after the 1st session (p<0,05). However, real acupuncture group had better scores than sham acupuncture score in terms of all VAS scores, BDI and FIQ scores either 1 or 2 months after the 1st session (all p<0,05). CONCLUSION: Acupuncture significantly improved pain and symptoms of FM. Although sham effect was important, real acupuncture treatment seems to be effective in treatment of FM.
Address Yildirim Beyazit University Medical School
Language English Number of Treatments 12
Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 50
Time in Treatment 10 Weeks Condition Fibromyalgia
Disease Category Nervous System Diseases OCSI Score
Notes PMID:28371571 Approved yes
Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 2169
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