Acupuncture in haemodialysis patients at the Quchi (LI11) acupoint for refractory uraemic pruritus
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: Uraemic pruritus is a common problem in end-stage renal failure patients. Traditional therapies produce marginal or no results. Acupuncture has been reported to be effective. The aim of this randomized, controlled study was to validate a single acupoint for relieving uraemic pruritus. METHODS: We randomized 40 patients with refractory uraemic pruritus into two groups. In group 1 (n = 20), acupuncture was applied unilaterally at the Quchi (LI11) acupoint thrice weekly for 1 month. In group 2 (controls, n = 20), acupuncture was applied at a non-acupoint 2 cm lateral to Quchi (LI11) thrice weekly for 1 month. Subjects responded to a pruritus score questionnaire given before and at the end of the 1 month treatment and at a 3 months follow-up. The results of the pruritus scores were analysed with the repeated measures general linear model to examine the effect of acupuncture on pruritus scores. RESULTS: In group 1, pruritus scores before and after acupuncture and at the 3 month follow-up were 38.3+/-4.3, 17.3+/-5.5 and 16.5+/-4.9, and in group 2 (controls) they were 38.3+/-4.3, 37.5+/-3.2 and 37.1+/-5, respectively. Laboratory tests showed no significant differences between the two groups. Pruritus scores were significantly lower after acupuncture and at the 3 month follow-up, P<0.001. CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture at the Quchi (LI11) acupoint is an easy, safe and effective means of relieving uraemic pruritus.

Author(s): 
Che-Yi, Chou
Wen, Cheng Yu
Min-Tsung, Kao
Chiu-Ching, Huang
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation: Official Publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association
Journal Abbreviation: 
Nephrol. Dial. Transplant.
Publication Date: 
Sep 2005
Publication Year: 
2005
Pages: 
1912-1915
Volume: 
20
Issue: 
9
ISSN: 
0931-0509
DOI: 
10.1093/ndt/gfh955
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 15985509

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Chou Che-Yi, Cheng Yu Wen, Kao Min-Tsung and Huang Chiu-Ching. Sep 2005. "Acupuncture in haemodialysis patients at the Quchi (LI11) acupoint for refractory uraemic pruritus." Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation: Official Publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association 20: 9: 1912-1915. 10.1093/ndt/gfh955.

Wikipedia Citation

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