Table 1

Demographics and current medications of patients with RA

Electro-Acupuncture (EA) (N = 12)

Traditional Acupuncture (TCA) (N = 12)

Sham Acupuncture (Sham) (N = 12)


Age, mean ± SD years

56.4 ± 8.5

58.1 ± 12.0

57.6 ± 8.3

Disease duration, mean ± SD years

8.4 ± 5.6

10.8 ± 6.2

8.1 ± 6.9

Male: Female

1:11.

2:10

4:8

Rheumatoid factor positive, n (%)

7 (54)

11 (85)

8 (61)

Erosion on x-rays (%)

8 (61)

8 (61)

9 (69)

Current Medications:

NSAIDs, n (%)

7 (54)

6 (46)

8 (61)

Methotrexate, n (%)

10 (77)

8 (61)

9 (69)

Hydroxycloroquine, n (%)

2 (15)

1 (7.9)

0 (0)

Sulphasalazine, n (%)

2 (15)

4 (31)

2 (15)

Leflunomide, n (%)

3 (23)

3 (23)

4 (31)

Prednisolone, n (%)

2 (15)

1(7.9)

1 (8)

Analgesics, n (%)

4 (31)

0 (0)

4 (31)


NSAID = non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. P > 0.05 comparing all 3 groups in all the variables.

Tam et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2007 7:35   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-7-35

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