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Author (up) Arnetz, B. B.; Berg, M.; Anderzen, I.; Lundeberg, T.; Haker, E.
Title A nonconventional approach to the treatment of “environmental illness” Type of Study RCT
Year 1995 Publication Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Abbreviated Journal J Occup Environ Med
Volume 37 Issue 7 Pages 838-844
Keywords Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Environmental Illness; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Penetrating Sham; Miscellaneous; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Superficial Needling Depth; Sham Control; TCM Acupuncture Style; Verum Acupoint Control
Abstract Twenty patients with symptoms of “environmental illness” were subject to a controlled study of deep versus superficial acupuncture. The patients were evaluated by a detailed questionnaire concerning their occupational, environmental, and medical history. Blood samples were taken as well. Patients were randomized to deep or superficial acupuncture. Both groups improved significantly in key variables during and after treatment. There were no group differences. There were no changes in biological variables apart from a gradual and continuous increase in serum cortisol and a decrease in neuropeptide Y, which was somewhat more accentuated in those receiving deep acupuncture. This rise in cortisol may have contributed to decreased dermal symptoms among the participants. It is hypothesized that the positive treatment results observed are partly due to weakening of the conditioned response, linking bodily symptoms to environmental agents. To date, a number of different methods have been tried in the management of patients with environmental illness. However, only rarely have the treatments been evaluated in controlled studies
Address National Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health, Stockholm, Sweden
Language Number of Treatments 10
Treatment Follow-up 24 Weeks Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 20
Time in Treatment 5 Weeks Condition Environmental Illness
Disease Category Miscellaneous OCSI Score
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 36
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