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Author (up) Guo, M.; Cui, E.; Li, X.; Zong, L. url  doi
  Title Diverse Needling Methods for Dry Eye Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Study Type of Study RCT
  Year 2013 Publication Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science Abbreviated Journal J Acupunct Tuina Sci  
  Volume 11 Issue 2 Pages 84-88  
  Keywords AcuTrials; RCT; Dry Eye Syndromes; Eye Diseases; Acu Versus CAM Control; Acu Versus Acu; Electroacupuncture; Acupuncture; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; CAM Control; TCM Acupuncture Style  
  Abstract OBJECTIVE: To explore a proper acupuncture treatment protocol for dry eye syndrome (DES), by combining the therapeutic effects between ordinary acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA). METHODS: Forty-seven eligible subjects with DES were randomized into an acupuncture group (n=23) and an EA group (n=24). With the same acupoint formula, the acupuncture group was treated with ordinary acupuncture, and the EA group was treated with ordinary acupuncture plus electrical stimulation. After a treatment course, eye symptoms score, Schirmer I Test (SIT), Break-up Time (BUT) or tear film, Corneal Fluorscein Staining (CFS), and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) were adopted in evaluation and comaprison of the two groups. RESULTS: The total effective rate was 79.2% in the EA group versus 56.5% in the acupuncture group, and the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). After treatment, both groups had marked improvements in eye symptom score, SIT, BUT, CFS, and VAS values (P<0.001); the EA group was better than acupuncutre group in improving eye symptom score and SIT value (P<0.05); the differences were insignificant in comparing VAS, BUT and CFS results between the two groups (P>0.05). CONCLUSION: Both EA and ordinary acupuncture are effective in treating DES, but EA is better than ordinary acypuncture in improving eye symptom and SIT score.  
  Address Yueyang Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Affliated to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200437, China  
  Language Number of Treatments 12  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 47  
  Time in Treatment 4 Weeks Condition Dry Eye Syndromes
  Disease Category Eye Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 408  
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