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Mov Disord. 2016 Jul;31(7):1027-32. doi: 10.1002/mds.26597. Epub 2016 Mar 29.

Randomized, Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Fatigue in Parkinson's Disease.

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1
Departments of Neurology and Medicine, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado, USA.
2
Department of Integrative Medicine, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado, USA.
3
College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Fatigue is a common and debilitating nonmotor symptom of PD. Because preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture improves fatigue in other conditions, we sought to test its efficacy in PD.

METHODS:

Ninety-four PD patients with moderate-to-high fatigue were randomized to receive 6 weeks of biweekly real or sham acupuncture. The primary outcome was change on the Modified Fatigue Impact Scale at 6 weeks. Secondary outcomes included sleep, mood, quality of life, and maintenance of benefits at 12 weeks.

RESULTS:

Both groups showed significant improvements in fatigue at 6 and 12 weeks, but with no significant between-group differences. Improvements from baseline in mood, sleep, and quality of life were noted without between-group differences. Overall, 63% of patients reported noticeable improvements in their fatigue. No serious adverse events were observed.

CONCLUSIONS:

Acupuncture may improve PD-related fatigue, but real acupuncture offers no greater benefit than sham treatments. PD-related fatigue should be added to the growing list of conditions that acupuncture helps primarily through nonspecific or placebo effects. © 2016 International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

KEYWORDS:

Parkinson's disease; acupuncture; fatigue; randomized, controlled trial

PMID:
27028133
DOI:
10.1002/mds.26597
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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