Albrecht F Molsberger

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BACKGROUND To our knowledge, verum acupuncture has never been directly compared with sham acupuncture and guideline-based conventional therapy in patients with chronic low back pain. METHODS A patient- and observer-blinded randomized controlled trial conducted in Germany involving 340 outpatient practices, including 1162 patients aged 18 to 86 years (mean(More)
BACKGROUND Our aim was to assess the efficacy of a part-standardised verum acupuncture procedure, in accordance with the rules of traditional Chinese medicine, compared with that of part-standardised sham acupuncture and standard migraine prophylaxis with beta blockers, calcium-channel blockers, or antiepileptic drugs in the reduction of migraine days 26(More)
This prospective, randomised controlled trial, with three parallel groups, patient and observer blinded for verum and sham acupuncture and a follow up of 3 months raises the question: "Does a combination of acupuncture and conservative orthopedic treatment improve conservative orthopedic treatment in chronic low back pain (LBP). 186 in-patients of a LBP(More)
The immediate analgesic effect of a single non-segmental acupuncture stimulation treatment on chronic tennis elbow pain was studied in a placebo-controlled single-blind trial completed by 48 patients. Before and after treatment, all patients were examined physically by an unbiased independent examiner. Eleven-point box scales were used [13] for pain(More)
Acupuncture treatment is frequently sought for tension-type headache (TTH), but there is conflicting evidence as to its effectiveness. This randomised, controlled, multicentre, patient-and observer-blinded trial was carried out in 122 outpatient practices in Germany on 409 patients with TTH, defined as ≥0 headache days per month of which ≤1 included(More)
A growing number of clinical trials are testing Chinese acupuncture in the management of headache disorders. Little is known, however, about the relationship between International Headache Society diagnostic criteria and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis in primary headache disorders. We conducted a secondary analysis of the data of the(More)
74 pop/rock/jazz musicians and 100 classical musicians were investigated by means of a specially designed questionnaire. Several social, musical, pain-, and health-related questions were asked. Pain of the musculoskeletal system was the main complaint of musicians in both group (75% classical; 64% rock-pop-jazz). Classical musicians suffer most from neck(More)
BACKGROUND The efficacy of acupuncture treatment for chronic low-back pain has not been reliably proven because of a lack of good quality studies, leading to the necessity of developing the German Acupuncture Trial for Chronic Low-Back Pain (GERAC-cLBP) study. OBJECTIVE The aim is to assess the effectiveness of traditional Chinese acupuncture for chronic(More)
BACKGROUND In the nationwide German Acupuncture Trials (GERAC), verum acupuncture, mirroring the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture style, was tested against sham acupuncture and guideline standard therapy for the entities classified in the West as chronic low back pain (LBP) and gonarthrosis (GON). OBJECTIVE The objective was to develop(More)
The analgesic effect of acupuncture in chronic gonarthrosis pain was studied in a placebocontrolled trial completed by 97 patients. Each patient was treated twice a week, receiving 10 acupuncture treatments in all. Before and after tee course of treatment all patients were examined by an unbiased independent examiner and the overall pain score was measured(More)