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Needle contact test in auricular acupuncture for shoulder pain and where effective auricular acupoints identified are positioned on the map: A controlled study

Eur J Transl Myol. 2023 Mar 15. doi: 10.4081/ejtm.2023.11113. Online ahead of print.


Active Points Test on auricle was renamed Needle Contact Test (or NCT), considered an extremely effective method to select most efficient auricle acupoint for Auricular Acupuncture (or AA) therapy. Our aims were to evaluate NCT efficiency as viable diagnostic option to identify the most appropriate AA acupoints to be selected for SupraSpinatus Tendinopathy (SST) associated shoulder pain treatment and to evaluate which auricle area has greater concentration of NCT positive acupoints in subjects with SST shoulder pain, comparing results with available AA ear maps. 45 subjects with SST diagnosis were enrolled. On 30 subjects in treatment group, NCT was performed on acupoints of the auricle shoulder representation areas (i.e., Scaphoid Fossa), while in 15 subjects of control group, NCT was performed on auricle areas not shoulder associated. Statistically significant lower Numeric Pain Rating Scale scores were seen for study group over time and compared to control. A small sample showed statistically significant increase of SST shoulder maximum abduction range of Movements. NCT identified best SST shoulder pain AA acupoints in Scaphoid Fossa (or SF1 and SF2). In conclusion NCT is a viable tool to efficiently identify the best AA acupoints in SST shoulder pain treatment.

PMID:36920326 | DOI:10.4081/ejtm.2023.11113

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