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How traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturists would diagnose and treat chronic low back pain: results of a survey of licensed acupuncturists in Washington State.
Complement Ther Med. 2001 Sep; 9(3):146-53.CT

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

This survey was undertaken to learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturists' diagnose and treat patients with chronic low back pain in order to develop a standardized treatment for a clinical trial of that condition.

DESIGN

We surveyed a randomly selected group of 56 acupuncturists in Washington State, USA about styles of acupuncture they used for treating chronic low back pain, diagnoses made, and key features of treatment for this condition.

RESULTS

While substantial variability existed among practitioners, there was agreement on several broad features of treatment including: the use of local and distal acupuncture points (86% of practitioners), the use of acupuncture points on the meridians traversing the back (especially the UB meridian, 90%) the use of acupoints determined by palpation (82%), the importance of eliciting de qi (60%), and of providing up to eight treatments for achieving therapeutic results (79%).

CONCLUSION

The use of practitioner surveys can enhance the systematic development of acupuncture treatment protocols and should be part of this process in future clinical trials of common conditions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Seattle, Washington, USA. sherman.k@ghc.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11926428

Citation

Sherman, K J., et al. "How Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturists Would Diagnose and Treat Chronic Low Back Pain: Results of a Survey of Licensed Acupuncturists in Washington State." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 9, no. 3, 2001, pp. 146-53.
Sherman KJ, Hogeboom CJ, Cherkin DC. How traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturists would diagnose and treat chronic low back pain: results of a survey of licensed acupuncturists in Washington State. Complement Ther Med. 2001;9(3):146-53.
Sherman, K. J., Hogeboom, C. J., & Cherkin, D. C. (2001). How traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturists would diagnose and treat chronic low back pain: results of a survey of licensed acupuncturists in Washington State. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 9(3), 146-53.
Sherman KJ, Hogeboom CJ, Cherkin DC. How Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturists Would Diagnose and Treat Chronic Low Back Pain: Results of a Survey of Licensed Acupuncturists in Washington State. Complement Ther Med. 2001;9(3):146-53. PubMed PMID: 11926428.
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