Christopher J Zaslawski

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Controlling cancer-related pain is an important component in the palliative care of cancer patients. The objective of this review was to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating cancer pain. Fourteen databases were searched from their inception through April 2011. Randomised clinical trials (RCTs) were included if acupuncture was used as the(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the contribution of two principal features that underlie traditional Chinese acupuncture: site specificity and application of needle manipulation. DESIGN Thirteen volunteers completed a randomised, dual blind (subject and assessor) repeated measures study involving five interventions. Pressure pain threshold (PPT) was measured(More)
Many clinical trials concerning acupuncture are flawed by methodological problems. One of the major difficulties is the appropriate selection and use of a placebo control. This article evaluates the use of sham acupuncture as a placebo control and analyzes its credibility as a control treatment. Sixty-four subjects were assessed for their perception of(More)
AIM To examine the reliability of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tongue inspection by evaluation of inter- and intrapractitioner agreement levels for specific tongue characteristics, achieved by a group of TCM practitioners. METHOD Ten (10) realistic tongue slides and a set of questionnaires were used to examine the agreement levels among 30 TCM(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the effects of unilateral and bilateral needling of the same acupoint, and the effects of individual and combined needling of two distinct acupoints on pressure pain threshold (PPT). DESIGN 22 subjects completed the randomised, dual blind (subject and evaluator) repeated measures study. PPT was measured before and after each(More)
A symposium on pattern identification (PI) was held at the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM) on October 2, 2013, in Daejeon, South Korea. This symposium was convened to provide information on the current research in PI as well as suggest future research directions. The participants discussed the nature of PI, possible research questions,(More)
As more clinical acupuncture trials for pain are published, it becomes increasingly difficult to compare and evaluate the merits and shortcomings of such studies. A major contributory factor to this centers on the description of, and the assumptions made about, the control intervention used. In considering an acupuncture control, it is important to evaluate(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examines the role of acupuncture as an adjunct therapy in the treatment of eating disorders in female patients. DESIGN A randomised cross-over study was used in this study. The two treatments phases were the private multi-disciplinary outpatient eating disorder facility in Melbourne, Australia, only (referred to as their treatment as(More)
INTRODUCTION Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a modern interpretation of Chinese medicine, developed in the 1950s. It differentiates biomedical diseases into patterns. Each pattern comprises symptom/signs that have their own unique treatment protocol. Most TCM research has used fixed formula treatments for Western-defined diseases with outcomes often(More)
BACKGROUND Quality acupuncture influences the outcomes of clinical research, and issues associated with effective administration of acupuncture in randomized controlled trials need to be addressed when appraising studies. OBJECTIVE The study objective was to achieve consensus on domains and items for inclusion in a rating scale to assess quality(More)