Action of ear acupuncture in people with chronic pain in the spinal column : a randomized clinical trial1

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The auricular points for the Treatment Group were distributed according to the energy balance and according to the standards of TCM, and were applied in the following order : Shenmen (TF4) ; Kidney (CO10) ; Sympathetic nerve (AH6a) ; points for reestablishing energy balance, corresponding to one organ and one viscera ; Cervical Vertebrae (HA13), Thoracic Vertebrae (AH11) and/or Lumbar Vertebrae (AH9), depending on the location of the pain21.

Abstract

Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2018 Sep 3 ;26:e3050. doi : 10.1590/1518-8345.2678.3050.
Action of ear acupuncture in people with chronic pain in the spinal column : a randomized clinical trial1.
[Article in English, Portuguese, Spanish]
Moura CC1, Iunes DH2, Ruginsk SG3, Souza VHS4, Assis BB5, Chaves ECL6.
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Abstract
OBJECTIVES :

to assess the action of ear acupuncture on disability and tissue temperature in people with chronic pain in the spinal column.
METHOD :

a clinical trial with a sample of 110 people, randomized into three groups : Treatment, Placebo and Control. The assessment instruments were the Rolland Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) and a thermographic camera, administered before the first treatment session, one week after and 15 days after (follow-up) the fifth session of ear acupuncture. In the analysis of the data, the Kruskal Wallis, Student-Newman Keuls and Wilcoxon tests were applied.
RESULTS :

there was a significant reduction in disability in the Treatment and Placebo groups between the initial and final assessments (p<0.05) and between the initial assessments and follow-up (p<0.05). In the final assessment, the Treatment group presented improvement of disability when compared with the Placebo and Control groups (p<0.05). There was an increase in mean tissue temperature of the dorsal region between the initial and follow-up assessments in Treatment and Control groups (p<0.05), and between the final assessments and follow-up in the Treatment and Placebo groups (p<0.05).
CONCLUSION :

ear acupuncture was efficacious in reducing disability and increasing tissue temperature in people with chronic pain in the spinal column. Brazilian Register of Clinical Trials (RBR-5X69X2).

PMID :
30183875
DOI :
10.1590/1518-8345.2678.3050

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