Table 4: Studies with evidence that acupuncture stimulation leads to proliferation of NK cells.

Authors, journal, year of publicationKim et al., J Neuroimmunology, 2005Yu et al., J Neuroimmunology, 1998Choi et al., Neurosci Lett, 2002
SubjectsSprague-Dawley ratsBALBrc_qrq.mice, athymic BALBrc and ICR Sprague-Dawley rats
nurnu mice, LE rats and New Zealand white rabbits

Treatment groupYesYesYes
Placebo control groupNoYesYes
Non-placebo control groupYesYesYes
Overall Jaded scorea322
Jaded score components
 Study described as randomized (Yes = 1; No = 0)000
 Randomization appropriate (Yes = 1; No = 1)000
 Subject blinded (Yes = 1; No = 0)111
 Evaluator blinded (Yes = 1; No = 0)111
 Subjects that withdrew and/or dropped out  described (Yes = 1; No = 0)100

aUsed to assess quality of methods, with 5 being the highest score possible.