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Preliminary optimization of acupuncture regimen at Nèiguān (PC 6) for gastroesophageal reflux disease

Abstract

Objective
To optimize preliminarily acupuncture regimen for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Methods
A total of 80 patients of GERD were taken as the subjects in observation. The reflux disease questionnaire (RDQ) was adopted to assess the relevant indicators. The orthogonal design method was used to observe the effects on GERD in acupuncture regimen with difference combinations among 5 factors and 2 levels at Nèiguān (内关PC 6), including reinforcing-reducing technique by rotating needle (A), time of rotating needle (B), supplementary acupoint (C), time of needle retention (D) and treatment interval (E). The primary and secondary functions among 5 factors (variance analysis), advantages and disadvantages between 2 levels (multiplicity comparison) and superiority combination of 5 factors and 2 levels were determined preliminarily.

Results
The reinforcing-reducing technique by rotating needle and the supplementary acupoint are the primary factors of therapeutic effects. The time of rotating needle, treatment interval and time of needle retention were the secondary factors.

Conclusion
In the observation of five factors and two levels, the optimal regimen of acupuncture for GERD includes reducing technique by rotating needle at PC 6, the time of rotating needle for 60 s, Zúsānlĭ (足三里ST 36) and Tàichōng (太冲LR 3) as the supplementary acupoints, needle retention for 30 min and treatment interval of 24 h.

Authors: Ji ZHANG (张冀)

Published in: World Journal of Acupuncture – Moxibustion, Volume 29, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages 123-126

Quelle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wjam.2019.04.002

Kommentar: PC 6mit Le 3 und Ma 36, ableitende Rotations-Technik für 60 s, Verweildauer der Nadeln für 30 min und tägliche Wiederholung sind das optimale Therapieprotokoll für GERD.

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