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Journal of Integrative Medicine: Volume 12, 2014   Issue 3,  Pages: 131-134

DOI: 10.1016/S2095-4964(14)60024-8
Review
Can moxibustion, an ancient treatment modality, be evaluated in a double-blind randomized controlled trial? — A narrative review
1. Bai-xiao Zhao (School of Acupuncture, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China )
2. Hai-Yong Chen (School of Chinese Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China )
3. Xue-yong Shen (College of Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Tuina, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China )
4. Lixing Lao (School of Acupuncture, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China )

ABSTRACT: For thousands of years, moxibustion has been used for various diseases in China and other Asian countries. Despite the recent surge in Chinese herbal studies, few randomized controlled trials have been conducted on this modality, possibly due to the lacking of suitable double blinding methodology. This is a review of extant sham moxa devices and an introduction to a recently developed device that needs further validation.

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Zhao BX, Chen HY, Shen XY, Lao L. Can moxibustion, an ancient treatment modality, be evaluated in a double-blind randomized controlled trial? — A narrative review. J Integr Med. 2014; 12(3): 131-134.
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