The Review on the Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials of Bee Venom in the Journal of Korean Medicine

봉독을 이용한 무작위배정 임상연구의 국내 현황

  • Lee, Yong-Seok (Department of Preventive Oriental Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Daegu Haany University) ;
  • Lee, Young-Joon (Department of Preventive Oriental Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Daegu Haany University) ;
  • Han, Chang-Hyun (Center for Medical History and Literature, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine)
  • 이용석 (대구한의대학교 예방의학교실) ;
  • 이영준 (대구한의대학교 예방의학교실) ;
  • 한창현 (한국한의학연구원 문헌연구그룹)
  • Published : 2013.07.31


Objectives We will provide basic information on bee venom clinical tests and aid the practical use of bee venom in such tests, through examination of RCT research related to bee venom that was reported domestically. Methods We collected 365 articles on Bee venom study result from the OASIS system using the Keyword 'bee venom, apitoxin, apitherapy, bee sting'. The initially selected theses were primarily screened for clinical research. Out of these, case studies and non randomized controlled trial (non-RCT) were ruled out. As a result, 39 studies of randomized controlled trial (RCT) research were chosen as the subjects of study. Results RCT research related to bee venom was first presented in 2003, and 39 studies have been published until 2012. 18 studies were tests to confirm the effectiveness of bee venom, 7 studies were comparisons between SBV and BV, and 13 studies were comparisons with other types of treatment. Research conducted through appropriate randomization methods were 20 studies, and inappropriate randomization methods were used in 19 studies. In therms of Jadad score, 12 studies received 4~5 points, 15 studies received 1-3 points, and 12 studies received zero point. Conclusions In order to assure good quality RCT research, appropriate guidelines should be provided, and proper evaluation standards should be established. In-depth study is needed concerning the difference of responses to treatment according to the types of treatment received. A standardization of treatment should be reached as a result.


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