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, 13:224

First Online: 23 November 2012Received: 03 June 2012Accepted: 18 October 2012DOI: 10.1186-1745-6215-13-224

Cite this article as: Shi, GX., Han, LL., Liu, LY. et al. Trials 2012 13: 224. doi:10.1186-1745-6215-13-224


BackgroundTinnitus is the perception of a sound in the absence of an objective physical source. Up to now, there is no generally accepted view how these phantom sounds come about, and also no efficient treatment. Patients are turning to complementary or alternative medical therapies, such as acupuncture. Based on the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, acupoints located on both the adjacent and distal area of the disease can be needled to treat disease. Furthermore, the way of combining acupoints is for strengthening the curative effect. We aim to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture at local points in combination with distal points in subjective tinnitus patients.

MethodThis trial is a randomized, single-blind, controlled study. A total of 112 participants will be randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups receiving acupuncture treatment for 4 weeks. The primary outcome measure is subjective tinnitus loudness and annoyance perception, which is graded using the Visual Analogue Scale VAS. The assessment is at baseline before treatment initiation, 4 weeks after the first acupuncture session, and 8 weeks after the first acupuncture session.

DiscussionCompletion of this trial will help to identify whether acupuncture at local acupoints in combination with distal acupoints may be more effective than needling points separately.

Trial registrationInternational Standard Randomized Controlled Trial Number Register: ISRCTN29230777

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1745-6215-13-224 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Guang-Xia Shi - Li-Li Han - Li-Ying Liu - Qian-Qian Li - Cun-Zhi Liu - Lin-Peng Wang


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