Short-term effect of acupuncture on intraocular pressure in healthy subjects

Short-term effect of acupuncture on intraocular pressure in healthy subjects

Author Meira-Freitas, Daniel Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Cariello, Angelino Julio Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Vita, Ruth Cardoso Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Tabosa, Angela Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Melo, Luiz Alberto S. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Purpose To evaluate the short-term effect of acupuncture on the intraocular pressure (IOP) in healthy subjects.Methods A randomised controlled double-blinded trial was performed. 48 healthy volunteers (94 eyes) were randomly allocated to three groups: acupuncture group-19 subjects (38 eyes) were submitted to a 20 min session of acupuncture (GB1, GB14 and BL1); sham group-14 subjects (27 eyes) were submitted to a 20 min session of acupuncture with needles inserted in false points; and control group-15 subjects (29 eyes) who underwent no intervention. All subjects had the IOP measured by a masked investigator using Goldmann applanation tonometry immediately before intervention, as well as 20 min and 24 h after.Results the mean (SD) IOP in the acupuncture group was 17.9 (3.3) mm Hg at baseline, 16.4 (3.9) mm Hg at 20 min and 16.3 (3.3) mm Hg at 24 h. the mean (SD) IOP in the sham group was 18.6 (3.3) mm Hg at baseline, 17.7 (2.6) mm Hg at 20 min and 15.9 (3.6) mm Hg at 24 h. the mean (SD) IOP in the control group was 16.9 (3.5) mm Hg at baseline, 16.5 (3.8) mm Hg at 20 min and 15.8 (3.3) mm Hg at 24 h. There was no statistically signifi cant difference in the IOP variation (post-intervention minus baseline measurements) between groups after 20 min (p=0.13) and 24 h (p=0.21).Conclusion Acupuncture in the studied points did not produce signifi cant short-term effect on the IOP of healthy individuals in comparison with control groups.
Language English
Date 2010-03-01
Published in Acupuncture in Medicine. London: B M J Publishing Group, v. 28, n. 1, p. 25-27, 2010.
ISSN 0964-5284 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher B M J Publishing Group
Extent 25-27
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/aim.2009.001081
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000283014900006
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/32298

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