A pilot cohort study from Taiwan has demonstrated that acupuncture has a clinically significant and immediate effect on reducing dizziness and vertigo among hospital emergency department (ED) patients. A total of 60 participants who presented to the ED complaining of dizziness and vertigo, and for whom serious causes had been ruled out, were randomised to treatment and control groups. The treatment group received one 30-minute session of acupuncture at Zusanli ST-36 and Neiguan P-6. The control group underwent a sham procedure – acupressure seeds placed without stimulation at non-acupoints one centimetre from the real acupoints used in the study. Compared with controls, patients in the acupuncture group demonstrated a significantly greater decrease in dizziness/vertigo scores at baseline and immediately after treatment. These between-group differences were still apparent seven days later.
Efficacy and safety of acupuncture for dizziness and vertigo in emergency department: a pilot cohort study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Jun 9;15:173.