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Title: A randomized clinical trial of auricular point acupressure for chronic low back pain : a feasibility study
Authors: Yeh, CH
Chien, LC
Balaban, D
Sponberg, R
Primavera, J
Morone, NE
Glick, R
Albers, KM
Cohen, SM
Ren, D
Huang, LC
Suen, KPL 
Keywords: Acupuncture
Auricular point acupressure
Clinical assessment
Low back pain
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Source: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, 2013, v. 2013, 196978, p. 1-9 How to cite?
Journal: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine 
Abstract: Objectives. This prospective, randomized clinical trial (RCT) was designed to investigate the feasibility and effects of a 4-week auricular point acupressure (APA) for chronic low back pain (CLBP).
Methods. Participants were randomized to either true APA (true acupoints with taped seeds on the designated ear points for CLBP) or sham APA (sham acupoints with taped seeds but on different locations than those designated for CLBP). The duration of treatment was four weeks. Participants were assessed before treatment, weekly during treatment, and 1 month following treatment.
Results. Participants in the true APA group who completed the 4-week APA treatment had a 70% reduction in worst pain intensity, a 75% reduction in overall pain intensity, and a 42% improvement in disability due to back pain from baseline assessment. The reductions of worst pain and overall pain intensity in the true APA group were statistically greater than participants in the sham group (P < 0.01) at the completion of a 4-week APA and 1 month followup.
Discussion. The preliminary findings of this feasibility study showed a reduction in pain intensity and improvement in physical function suggesting that APA may be a promising treatment for patients with CLBP.
ISSN: 1741-427X
EISSN: 1741-4288
DOI: 10.1155/2013/196978
Rights: Copyright © 2013 Chao Hsing Yeh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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