Superficial acupuncture in the relief of chronic low back pain

Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1983 Jan;65(1):44-6.


A single-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of superficial acupuncture in the treatment of low back pain was carried out by comparing 8 patients treated by acupuncture with 9 patients treated by placebo. In all five measures of efficacy chosen for study the acupuncture group achieved better responses than the placebo group; four of the five inter-group differences were statistically significant. In addition, an overall mean for all five measures combined showed significant superiority of acupuncture over placebo.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Back Pain / therapy*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Random Allocation
  • Time Factors