By Molsberger A; Hille E.
British Journal of Rheurnatology, 1994 Dec, 33(12):1162-5.
Pub type: Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial.
Abstract: The immediate analgesic effect of a single non-segmental acupuncture
stimulation treatment on chronic tennis elbow pain was studied with
placebo-controlled single-blind trial completed by 48 patients. Before and
after treatment, all patients were examined physically by an unbiased
independent examiner. Eleven-point box scales were used  for pain
measurement. Patients in the verum group were treated at non-segmental
distal points (homolateral leg) for elbow pain following Chinese
acupuncture rules, whereas patients in the placebo group were treated with
placebo acupuncture avoiding penetration of the skin with an acupuncture
Overall reduction in the pain score was 55.8% (S = 2.95) in the
verum group and 15% (S = 2.77) in the placebo group. After one treatment 19
out of 24 patients in the verum group (79.2%) reported pain relief of at
least 50% (placebo group: six patients out of 24). The average duration of
analgesia after one treatment was 20.2 h in the verum group (S = 21.54) and
1.4 h (S = 3.50) in the placebo group. The results are statistically
significant (P < 0.01); they show that non-segmental verum acupuncture has
an intrisic analgesic effect in the clinical treatment of tennis elbow
pain which exceeds that of placebo acupuncture.