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Evaluation of acupuncture in the treatment of Parkinson's disease: a double-blind pilot study.

Abstract

As many as 40% of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) use some form of complementary medicine during the course of their illness, and many try acupuncture. One nonblinded study of the effects of acupuncture in PD suggested that it might be helpful for some aspects of PD. We performed a double-blind, randomized, pilot study comparing acupuncture to a control nonacupuncture procedure to determine the effects of acupuncture upon a variety of PD-associated symptoms. Fourteen patients with Stage II or III PD received acupuncture or a control nonacupuncture protocol. Before and after treatment, patients were evaluated using the Motor subscale of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), the Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39), and the Geriatric Depression Scale. There were no statistically significant changes for the outcomes measured. In the patients who received acupuncture, nonsignificant trends toward improvement were noted in the Activities of Daily Living score of the PDQ-39, the PDQ-39 Summary Index(c) 2005 Movement Disorder Society.

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    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, New York 10468, USA.

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    MeSH

    Acupuncture Therapy
    Double-Blind Method
    Humans
    Parkinson Disease
    Pilot Projects
    Severity of Illness Index
    Surveys and Questionnaires
    Treatment Outcome

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Randomized Controlled Trial
    Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    15884039

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Evaluation of acupuncture in the treatment of Parkinson's disease: a double-blind pilot study. AU - Cristian,Adrian, AU - Katz,Meredith, AU - Cutrone,Eileen, AU - Walker,Ruth H, PY - 2005/5/11/pubmed PY - 2005/12/21/medline PY - 2005/5/11/entrez SP - 1185 EP - 8 JF - Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society JO - Mov. Disord. VL - 20 IS - 9 N2 - As many as 40% of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) use some form of complementary medicine during the course of their illness, and many try acupuncture. One nonblinded study of the effects of acupuncture in PD suggested that it might be helpful for some aspects of PD. We performed a double-blind, randomized, pilot study comparing acupuncture to a control nonacupuncture procedure to determine the effects of acupuncture upon a variety of PD-associated symptoms. Fourteen patients with Stage II or III PD received acupuncture or a control nonacupuncture protocol. Before and after treatment, patients were evaluated using the Motor subscale of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), the Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39), and the Geriatric Depression Scale. There were no statistically significant changes for the outcomes measured. In the patients who received acupuncture, nonsignificant trends toward improvement were noted in the Activities of Daily Living score of the PDQ-39, the PDQ-39 Summary Index(c) 2005 Movement Disorder Society. SN - 0885-3185 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15884039/Evaluation_of_acupuncture_in_the_treatment_of_Parkinson's_disease:_a_double_blind_pilot_study_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/mds.20503 ER -