Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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.
Shlay JC, Cohn DL, Chaloner K, Max MB, Reichelderfer P, Flaws B, Wentworth D, Hillman S, Brizz B. Acupuncture and Amitriptyline for HIV-Related Peripheral Neuropathic Pain—Reply. JAMA. 1999;281(14):1270-1272. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-14-jac90002