Effectiveness of acupuncture in individuals with tinnitus: randomized controlled trial.
Braz J Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Nov 14. Epub 2015 Nov 14. PMID: 26654962
Marcelo Yugi Doi
INTRODUCTION: Tinnitus is a subjective sensation of hearing a sound in the absence of an external stimulus, which significantly worsens the quality of life in 15-25% of affected individuals.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy on tinnitus.
METHODS: Randomized clinical trial with 50 participants with tinnitus, divided into two groups: 25 participants in the acupuncture group (AG) and 25 participants in the control group (CG). The AG received acupuncture treatment and the CG received no treatment. After a period of 5 weeks, they were called to perform the final evaluation and the CG received acupuncture treatment for ethical reasons.
RESULTS: A statistically significant result was found for the primary outcome, reducing the intensity of tinnitus, with p=0.0001 and the secondary endpoint, showing improvement in quality of life, with p=0.0001.
CONCLUSION: Chinese scalp acupuncture associated with bilateral electroacupuncture demonstrated, in the short term, a statistically significant improvement by reducing the level of tinnitus intensity, as well as improving the quality of life of individuals with tinnitus.