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April 14, 1999

Acupuncture and Amitriptyline for HIV-Related Peripheral Neuropathic Pain—Reply

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(14):1270-1272. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-14-jac90002

In Reply: Dr Kaptchuk claims that we chose the wrong acupuncture points, and Dr Ulett and Dr King suggest that we chose the wrong acupuncture technique. Given that there was essentially no pain relief, the regimen we used was not effective. The more important question is whether there is any standardized regimen that might have worked. None of the letters takes issue with our decision to use standardized points and technique. Choosing a standardized regimen to study was difficult.

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