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Author Chen, M. R.; Wang, P.; Cheng, G.; Guo, X.; Wei, G. W.; Cheng, X. H.
Title The warming acupuncture for treatment of sciatica in 30 cases Type of Study RCT
Year 2009 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 29 Issue 1 Pages 50-53
Keywords AcuTrials; RCT; Back Pain; Sciatica; Warming Needle; Acu Versus CAM Control; Herbal Injection; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical; TCM Acupuncture Style; CAM Control; Acu Versus > 1 Control; Acu Versus Usual Care; Acupuncture
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To observe the relation between the pain threshold and the therapeutic effects of acupuncture for sciatica. METHODS: 90 sciatica patients were equally divided at random into the following 3 groups: a warming acupuncture group treated with the needles warmed by burning moxa, a western medicine group administered Nimesulide tablets and a point-injection group with Anisodamine injected. The pain threshold was tested before treatment and after the first, second and third treatment courses. RESULTS: The warming acupuncture therapy showed better therapeutic effects than the other two groups with significant differences in the change of pain threshold and the improvement of clinical symptoms and signs (P<0.01). CONCLUSION: Acupuncture can relieve the symptoms of sciatica with the increase of pain threshold.
Address Hunan TCM Professional Training College, Zhuzhou 412012, China.
Language Number of Treatments 30
Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 90
Time in Treatment 5 Weeks Condition Sciatica
Disease Category Back Pain OCSI Score
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 144
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