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[Clinical research on elongated needle combined with herb-partitioned moxibustion in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation]

Wen-Zhu Wei, Yong-Dui Ruan, Xiao-Jun Ning, Zhi Zheng, Sheng Wen, Yan-Feng Xie, Xiao-Ting Hong, Zhang-Jian Cai
Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion 2013, 33 (8): 673-7
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OBJECTIVE: To optimize the best acupuncture therapy in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation (LDH) and to explore its mechanism in terms of immunology.

METHODS: One hundred and eleven cases were randomized into an acupuncture-moxibustion group, an elongated needle group and a herb-partitioned moxibustion group, 37 cases in each group. In acupuncture-moxibustion group, penetration needling with elongated needle was applied at Dachangshu (BL 25), Guanyuanshu (BL 26) and Huantiao (GB 30), which was followed with herb-partitioned moxibustion at Shenque (CV 8) and Yaoyangguan (GV 3), etc, once a day. Elongated needle and herb-partitioned moxibustion were applied in the elongated needle group and herb-partitioned moxibustion group respectively. The efficacy of each group was observed after 21 treatments and the value of serum immunoglobulin was measured and analyzed before and after treatment.

RESULTS: The effective rate was 97.3% (36/37) in acupuncture-moxibustion group, which was superior to 75.7% (28/37) in the elongated needle group and 73.0% (27/37) in the herb-partitioned moxibustion group (both P<0.05). The visual analogue scale (VAS), straight-leg raising range and motion range of the lumbar vertebra in three groups were all improved after treatment (all P<0.05), which was more significant in the acupuncture-moxibustion group (all P<0.05). The difference of value of serum immunoglobulin before and after treatment was significant in the acupuncture-moxibustion group (P<0.05), which was not in the elongated needle group and the herb-partitioned moxibustion group (both P>0.05).

CONCLUSION: The therapy of elongated needle combined with herb-partitioned moxibustion achieves superior efficacy in the treatment of LDH as compared with elongated needle or herb-partitioned moxibustion therapy, and it can regulate the humoral immunity system of patients.

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