Canine and Feline Patients Referred Exclusively for Acupuncture and Herbs: A Two-Year Retrospective Analysis
Publication date: Available online 24 April 2019Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian StudiesAuthor(s): Justin Shmalberg, Huisheng Xie, Mushtaq A. MemonAbstractAcupuncture and the administration of herbal supplements are increasingly used in veterinary practice, but no retrospective studies have examined patient characteristics and treatment interventions in a population of dogs and cats presenting exclusively for such therapies. This two-year retrospective analysis of 161 referrals to an integrative medicine service at an academic teaching hospital found that dogs were more frequently treated than cats (91.9% vs. 8.1%, respectively) and that small animal patients most frequently were presented for musculoskeletal (26.7%), neurologic (16.8%), oncologic (14.9%), and dermatologic (10.6%) conditions. Cats were older than treated dogs (12.7 ± 3.7 vs. 9.5 ± 4.3 years) and more likely to be treated for oncologic complaints (odds ratio = 5.6). Patients received acupuncture (95.4%), herbal supplements (76.4%), acupuncture with percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (electroacupuncture, 26.1%), and/or cyanocobalamin injections at acupuncture points (aqua-acupuncture, 23.6%). Some differences were detected between treatment groups. This retrospective analysis provides a foundation for designing future prospective studies using acupuncture and herbs in dogs and cats.
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Condition: Chronic Low-back Pain Intervention: Other: acupuncture Sponsors: Wenzhou Medical University; Qingtian People's hospital Not yet recruiting
CONCLUSION: Our review indicated that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture and other interventions (Chinese herbal medicine, mainly), but no firm conclusion could be reached owing to limited data, poor quality and potentially exaggerated effect size evaluation. Further large, rigorously designed and reported RCTs are required. PMID: 31204859 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
DiscussionThis multicenter randomized controlled trial will provide important clinical evidence for the effect and safety of auricular acupressure as a complementary therapy in patients with psoriasis.Trial registrationChinese Clinical Trial Registry,ChiCTR-TRC-14004916. Registered on 20 May 2014. This protocol is version 3.0 which was updated on 24 September 2016.
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