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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 329392, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/329392
Review Article

Factors Contributing to De Qi in Acupuncture Randomized Clinical Trials

Acupuncture and Moxibustion Department, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital Medical University, 23 Meishuguanhou Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China

Received 12 April 2013; Accepted 19 May 2013

Academic Editor: Gerhard Litscher

Copyright © 2013 Yi Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

De qi is a core concept of acupuncture and is necessary to produce therapeutic effect. In 2010, de qi has been received as a term in the official extension of the CONSORT Statement. However, there are few articles that discuss which factors have influences on obtaining de qi in clinical trials. This paper aims to explore these factors and give advice on trial design in order to optimize de qi in acupuncture RCTs.