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Complement Ther Med. 2016 Aug;27:130-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.06.002. Epub 2016 Jun 24.

A case series of auricular acupuncture in a veteran's population using a revised auricular mapping-diagnostic paradigm (RAMP-uP).

Author information

1
Extended Care/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Atlanta VA Medical Centre, 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033, United States; Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322, United States. Electronic address: whuang4@emory.edu.
2
Department of General and Geriatric Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322, United States.
3
Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centre, Atlanta VA Medical Centre, Atlanta, GA 30033, United States; Department of General and Geriatric Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322, United States.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate clinical effects of auricular acupuncture treatments for pain based on a revised auricular mapping and diagnostic paradigm (RAMP-uP).

DESIGN:

Retrospective chart review.

SETTING:

A major US Veterans Affairs Medical Centre located in the Southeaster United States.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Pain and efficacy rating scores based on visual analogue scales during each clinical visit. Duration of acupuncture treatment effects based on clinic notes documentation.

RESULTS:

Patients' average pain score decreased by almost 60% (p<0.0001). The treatment effects lasted 1-3 months (47%). The overall efficacy reported by most patients was helpful (83.6%).

CONCLUSION:

The observed clinical effects of auricular acupuncture based on RAMP-uP are promising. Further research is needed to assess its feasibility to generalize and generate clinical effects in randomized controlled clinical trials.

KEYWORDS:

Acupuncture; Auricular

PMID:
27515887
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctim.2016.06.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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