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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 521475, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/521475
Research Article

A Randomized Trial of Chinese Diaoshi Jifa on Treatment of Dizziness in Meniere’s Disease

1Department of Neurology, Xuan Wu Hospital of Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053, China
2Department of Neurosurgery, Xuan Wu Hospital of Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053, China
3Evidence-Based Medicine Center, Xuan Wu Hospital of Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053, China
4Department of Neurology, Wangjing Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100102, China
5Department of Neurological Surgery, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI 48201, USA

Received 6 February 2014; Revised 2 April 2014; Accepted 7 April 2014; Published 18 May 2014

Academic Editor: Vernon A. Barnes

Copyright © 2014 Yong-Xin Sun 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

Background. Meniere’s disease is characterized by refractory dizziness and hearing disturbance. We aimed to investigate the efficacy and tolerance of Diaoshi Jifa, a Chinese hand skill for treating dizziness in Meniere’s disease. Methods. An open-labeled, randomized, controlled intervention trial was conducted. Twenty-seven patients diagnosed with Meniere’s disease were randomly allocated to control group or experimental group. Both groups were assessed by DHI (dizziness handicap inventory (DHI)) questionnaire score before and within 24 hours of receiving treatment, respectively. Results. Twenty-six participants completed the study, and no adverse event was reported due to Diaoshi Jifa treatment. The difference in the DHI scores between baseline and posttreatment reached significant difference in both groups ( versus and versus ). Significant difference in DHI scores was observed between the two groups after treatment ( versus ). Further investigation of DHI subscales in the experimental group revealed significant improvement posttreatment in the physical domain, functional domain, and emotional domain. Although higher rate of improvement in the emotional domain compared to physical or functional domains was found, the difference was not statistically significant. Conclusions. Diaoshi Jifa might be a fast, effective, and well-tolerated method for alleviating dizziness in Meniere’s disease.