Needle-Free Electroacupuncture for Postoperative Pain Management

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Lee, Daniel, Xu, Hong, Jaung-Geng, Lin, Watson, Kerry, Wu, Rick Sai Chuen and Chen, Kuen-Bao (2011) Needle-Free Electroacupuncture for Postoperative Pain Management. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2011. pp. 1-7. ISSN 1741-427X (print) 1741-4288 (online)


This study examined the effects of needle-free electroacupuncture, at ST36 on postoperative pain following hysterectomy. Based on a double-blind, sham, and different intervention controlled clinical experimental design, 47 women were randomly allocated to four different groups. Except for those in the control group (Group 1, n=13), a course of treatment was given of either sham (Group 2, n=12), high-frequency stimulation (Group 3, n=12), or low-frequency stimulation (Group 4, n=10). All groups were assessed during the postoperative period for 24 hours. The Visual Analogue Scale was used to determine the amount of perceived pain felt by each subject. Differences were found between the means postoperatively at three, four, eight, 16, and 24 hours. Post hoc comparison tests indicated that Group 4 was significantly different from Groups 1, 2, and 3 at 24 hours. A one-way ANOVA analysis for total patient-controlled analgesia demand and doses indicated significant differences between the groups F(3,42)=3.59, P<.05. Post hoc analysis confirmed the differences between Groups 1 (M=84.54) and 4 (M=41.60). Treatment outcomes of this therapy showed a positive effect for the management of postoperative pain.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1155/2011/696754
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Historical > SEO Classification > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Keywords ResPubID22889, needle-free electroacupuncture, postoperative pain management, silver spike point, traditional acupuncture, pain-relieving
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