Acupoint sticking therapy has value for treatment of bronchial asthma. - GreenMedInfo Summary
[Acupoint sticking therapy for treatment of bronchial asthma: a multicenter controlled randomized clinical trial].
Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2009 Aug;29(8):609-12. PMID: 19947260
Department of TCM and Acupuncture, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical College, Guangzhou, China. firstname.lastname@example.org
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of acupoint sticking on clinical symptoms and life quality in patients with bronchial asthma. METHODS: Multicenter randomized double-blind clinical trial was done, one hundred and eighty-eight cases were divided into a medication acupoint sticking group (125 cases) and a placebo group (63 cases). Dazhui (GV 14), Feishu (BL 13), Tiantu (CV 22), etc. were selected in both groups. The medication cakes were made of grinding pepper, brassica alba seeds, asarum, etc. into fine powder mixed with ginger oil and ginger juice, applied on acupoints in the acupoint sticking group. While another compound cakes made of powder of red rice, black rice, maize mixed with small amount of ginger juice, were used in the placebo group. Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire(AQLQ), symptom scores during the day and night, scores of self effect, and the value of lung function were observed. RESULTS: The value of daily behavior and environmental factors of AQLQ, total scores of AQLQ, daytime symptoms and scores of self effect in the medication acupoint sticking group, were significantly improved compared to those of placebo group (all P<0.05). The lung function of forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) and the percentage of forced expiratory volume in one second in predicted value (FEV1/FVC) had no significant diffrence between two groups (both P>0.05). CONCLUSION: The acupoint sticking therapy can significantly improve clinical symptoms of patients with bronchial asthma, and can improve life quality of the patients.