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 Post subject: Acupuncture, electrotherapy to treat dry eye
PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:24 pm 

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In a study led by Jaung-Geng Lin, M.D., Graduate Institute of Chinese Medical Science, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, acupuncture and Silver Spike Point (SSP) electrotherapy were found to be effective in increasing tear secretion in patients with dry-eye syndrome. In addition to alleviating dry-eye syndrome, the SSP electrotherapy also reduced the number of applications of artificial tears necessary to keep the eye lubricated.
A total of 43 dry-eye syndrome patients participated in the study and were divided into control, acupuncture, and SSP electrotherapy groups. The three groups then were given artificial tears treatment. Patients in the treatment groups were given two 20-minute treatments of either acupuncture or SSP. The assessment was carried out using the Basal Schirmer test, tear breakup time (BUT), visual analog scale (VAS), and an overall score of eye condition.
The acupuncture and SSP groups showed significant improvement compared with the control group. Compared with the SSP group, the acupuncture group showed a greater eight-week improvement in Schirmer tests scores; however, the patients in the SSP group used fewer applications of artificial tears.


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