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Author Kloster, R.; Larsson, P. G.; Lossius, R.; Nakken, K. O.; Dahl, R.; Xiu-Ling, X.; Wen-Xin, Z.; Kinge, E.; Edna, Rossberg
Title The effect of acupuncture in chronic intractable epilepsy Type of Study RCT
Year 1999 Publication Seizure Abbreviated Journal Seizure
Volume 8 Issue 3 Pages 170-174
Keywords Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Epilepsy; Penetrating Sham; Near Verum Acupoint Control; Sham Acupoint Control; RCT; Semi-Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Sham Control; TCM Acupuncture Style; Traditional Diagnosis Based Point Selection; Standard Needling Depth; Electroacupuncture; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Nervous System Diseases
Abstract We examined the effect of acupuncture on epileptic seizures in humans in a controlled clinical setting. Treatment was administered by two Chinese professors of acupuncture. Effect was measured by change in seizure frequency. Twenty-nine patients with chronic intractable epilepsy completed the study. They were randomized in two groups; 15 were given classical acupuncture and 14 were given sham acupuncture. There was a reduction in seizure frequency in both groups, which did not reach a level of statistical significance. There was also an increase in the number of seizure-free weeks in both groups, which reached a level of significance in the sham group. Thus, we have not been able to prove a beneficial effect of acupuncture in chronic intractable epilepsy
Address The National Center for Epilepsy, Sandvika, N-1301, Norway
Language Number of Treatments 8
Treatment Follow-up 12 Weeks Frequency 1/WK Number of Participants 39
Time in Treatment 8 Weeks Condition Epilepsy
Disease Category Nervous System Diseases OCSI Score 66
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 593
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