Specifying the nonspecific components of acupuncture analgesia

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  • Lene Vase
  • Sara Baram, Danmark
  • Nobuari Takakura, Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences, Tokyo, Japan
  • Hiroyoshi Yajima, Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences, Tokyo, Japan
  • Miho Takayama, Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences, Tokyo, Japan
  • Ted J Kaptchuk, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
  • Søren Schou, Danmark
  • Troels Staehelin Jensen
  • Robert Zachariae
  • Peter Svensson
It is well known that acupuncture has pain-relieving effects, but the contribution of specific and especially nonspecific factors to acupuncture analgesia is less clear. One hundred one patients who developed pain of ⩾3 on a visual analog scale (VAS, 0 to 10) after third molar surgery were randomized to receive active acupuncture, placebo acupuncture, or no treatment for 30min with acupuncture needles with potential for double-blinding. Patients' perception of the treatment (active or placebo) and expected pain levels (VAS) were assessed before and halfway through the treatment. Looking at actual treatment allocation, there was no specific effect of active acupuncture (P=.240), but there was a large and significant nonspecific effect of placebo acupuncture (P
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftPain
Vol/bind154
Nummer9
Sider (fra-til)1659-67
Antal sider9
ISSN0304-3959
DOI
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2013

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