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Letter to the Editor

J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2022; 15(5): 279-280

Published online October 31, 2022 https://doi.org/10.51507/j.jams.2022.15.5.279

Copyright © Medical Association of Pharmacopuncture Institute.

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Mehrdad Karimi1 , Arman Zargaran2 , Reihane Alipour1,*

1Department of Traditional Medicine, School of Persian Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2Department of Traditional Pharmacy, School of Persian Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence to:Reihane Alipour
Department of Traditional Medicine, School of Persian Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
E-mail: ralipour@razi.tums.ac.ir

Received: September 18, 2022; Accepted: September 19, 2022

This is an Open-Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Dear Editor,

We thank the authors of the letter for their interest in our paper and for taking time to express their concerns. We read with great interest the correspondence entitled “Warm Cupping in Combination with Standard Therapy in COVID 19: Correspondence,” against our recently published paper [1]. The authors of the letter seem to have some concerns about our study data. We will try our best to clarify these issues.

We agree that we did not use a control group in our study. This is because different study designs have their own standards and clear definitions. Our study is a case series. Case series do not use a control group at all because only patients with a certain manifestation of outcomes are sampled. Hence, the expectation of employing a control group in such studies is not rational [2]. This study provides valuable evidence for performing further investigations as clinical trials.

The next query is about the probable role of other parameters and medical care. We used cupping as a procedure complementary to conventional medical care. We did not make any claim that cupping was used as the final treatment. However, its effect on increasing the SpO2 levels and other parameters mentioned in the paper is clear and helpful.

Finally, about the query on vaccination, it should be mentioned that when we conducted our study (December 2020), the national vaccination program was not started in Iran and the patients enrolled in the study were not vaccinated.

We hope we have satisfactorily answered your questions. Do let us know if you have any other concerns regarding our study.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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References

  1. Karimi M, Kazemi AH, Asadi A, Zarei A, Zargaran A, Moravej SAA, et al. Warm cupping of the posterior thorax in combination with standard conventional therapy for ARDS in COVID-19 patients in ICU: a case series. J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2022;15:194-200. https://doi.org/10.51507/j.jams.2022.15.3.194.
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  2. Polgar S, Thomas SA. Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences. 7th ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier, 2019.
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