[A clinical trial of acupuncture for treating chronic fatigue syndrome in Hong Kong]
Language: 
Chinese
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture in treating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in Hong Kong. METHODS: A single-blinded, randomized controlled trial design was adopted. Participants meeting inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to a treatment and a control group according to 1:1 ratio, resulting in an effective sample size of 99, with 50 and 49 patients in treatment and control group respectively. The same set of acupuncture points, which were selected according to traditional Chinese medicine theories, was applied in both groups, while conventional needle acupuncture was applied in treatment group and sham acupuncture (without skin penetration) was applied in control group. Schedule of treatment was the same in both groups, i.e. twice a week for 4 weeks. Key outcome measures were Chalder's Fatigue Scale, diagnostic criteria for CFS of the US's Centre for Disease Control and SF-12 health-related quality of life (HQOL) questionnaire. Adverse events, if any, were recorded. RESULTS: Improvements in physical and mental fatigue and HQOL in both groups were observed, but the improvements in treatment group were significantly bigger than in control group (P<0.01 or P<0.05). No adverse events occurred. CONCLUSION: Acupuncture is a safe, effective treatment for CFS.

Author(s): 
Yiu, Yan-mun
Ng, Siu-man
Tsui, Yin-ling
Chan, Yat-lung
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao = Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine
Journal Abbreviation: 
Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao
Publication Date: 
Nov 2007
Publication Year: 
2007
Pages: 
630-633
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
6
ISSN: 
1672-1977
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 17997936

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Yan-mun Yiu, Siu-man Ng, Yin-ling Tsui and Yat-lung Chan. Nov 2007. "[A clinical trial of acupuncture for treating chronic fatigue syndrome in Hong Kong]." Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao = Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine 5: 6: 630-633.

Wikipedia Citation

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