Chinese Medicine Times : Keeping You Informed

Chinese Medicine Times : Keeping You Informed

Impact of electroacupuncture on quality of life for patients with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis under treatment with immunomodulators: A randomized study

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23126260

Abstract

ABSTRACT:

BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex autoimmune disease mediated by an immune response to central nervous system antigens. Modern immunomodulatory therapies, however, do not ameliorate many of the symptoms, such as pain and depression. Patients thus seek alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, although the benefits of such treatments have not been objectively evaluated. The present study was thus designed to evaluate the effect of the use of acupuncture in the alleviation of the symptoms of patients with MS.

METHODS:

Thirty-one patients with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis undergoing treatment with immunomodulators were randomly distributed into sex-stratified experimental and placebo groups in a patient- and evaluator-blind design; they received either true or sham electroacupuncture during regular visits to the doctor in the university hospital outpatient clinic. Standardized questionnaires were used to evaluate the effect of electroacupuncture on the quality of life of these patients. Initial and follow-up assessment included the evaluation of clinical status (Expanded Disability Status Scale), pain (Visual Analogue Scale) and quality of life (Functional Assessment of multiple Sclerosis) to ascertain the impact of electroacupuncture on the quality of life of these patients.

RESULTS:

Electroacupuncture improved various aspects of quality of life, including a reduction in pain and depression. The self-report scales were more sensitive to improvement than was the more objective clinical measure.

CONCLUSION:

This paper provides evidence that electroacupuncture can significantly improve the quality of life of such patients. The results suggest that the routine use of a self-report scale evaluating quality of life should be included in regular clinical evaluations in order to detect changes more rapidly.

Back To Latest Articles and News

Email This Page
Discuss This

Subscribe To CMT

Shopping Basket

Your basket is empty!

Recently Viewed Login Register

Change Language

Change Currency

Subscribe to our RSS Feed Chinese Medicine Times Facebook Fan Page Chinese Medicine Times Twitter Page Chinese Medicine Times Linkedin Page Email a friend about this website
  • All about Natural Medicine Advert 10-09-2014
  • AcuGlide Needle Offer
  • Acumaster Offer
  • Vinco Needle Offer
  • Viva Offer

Events Calendar

Master Tung's Acupuncture: Five Zang System by Dr. Chuan-Min Wang (11/2/2014)

WEBINAR: Join Dr. Chuan-Min Wang, a direct disciple of the famous Master Tung Ching-Chang... [more]

The Best of Master Tung's Magic Points with Susan Johnson (11th-12th October 2014)

Susan Johnson's favorite acupuncture points in Master Tung's... [more]

View Events Calendar

From Our Store