A case series of auricular acupuncture in a veteran's population using a revised auricular mapping-diagnostic paradigm (RAMP-uP)

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Aug;27:130-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.06.002. Epub 2016 Jun 24.


Objectives: To evaluate clinical effects of auricular acupuncture treatments for pain based on a revised auricular mapping and diagnostic paradigm (RAMP-uP).

Design: Retrospective chart review.

Setting: A major US Veterans Affairs Medical Centre located in the Southeaster United States.

Main outcome measures: Pain and efficacy rating scores based on visual analogue scales during each clinical visit. Duration of acupuncture treatment effects based on clinic notes documentation.

Results: Patients' average pain score decreased by almost 60% (p<0.0001). The treatment effects lasted 1-3 months (47%). The overall efficacy reported by most patients was helpful (83.6%).

Conclusion: The observed clinical effects of auricular acupuncture based on RAMP-uP are promising. Further research is needed to assess its feasibility to generalize and generate clinical effects in randomized controlled clinical trials.

Keywords: Acupuncture; Auricular.

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods
  • Acupuncture, Ear / methods
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / physiopathology*
  • Pain Measurement / methods*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Veterans
  • Young Adult