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Electro-acupuncture and Transcorneal Electrical Stimulation (TES) for the Treatment of Vision Loss Due to Retinitis Pigmentosa

2015-05-05 17:08:22 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a slowly progressive retinal degeneration for which there is no proven treatment. Patients are interested in trying alternative therapies to try to reduce their vision loss, but only limited research evidence exists to support their use and potential benefit. The goal of this research project is to gain a better understanding of possible changes in ocular and retinal blood flow and measures of vision in RP patients receiving two promising therapies, electroacupuncture and transcorneal electrical stimulation.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Intervention

Electro-acupuncture, Laser Acupuncture, Transcorneal Electrical Stimulation, Sham Electro-acupuncture, Sham laser acupuncture, Sham transcorneal electrical stimulation

Location

Nova Southeastern University; College of Optometry
Ft. Lauderdale
Florida
United States
33328

Status

Active, not recruiting

Source

Nova Southeastern University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2015-05-05T17:08:22-0400

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A type of massage in which finger pressure on specific body sites is used to promote healing, relieve fatigue, etc. Although the anatomical locations are the same as the ACUPUNCTURE POINTS used in ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY (hence acu-), no needle or other acupuncture technique is employed in acupressure. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed). Shiatsu is a modern outgrowth that focuses more on prevention than healing.

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