Effect of neurogenic acupoint cupping on high sensitive C-reactive protein and pain perception in female chronic pelvic pain: A randomized controlled trial.
J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2021 03 1 ;21(1):121-129. PMID: 33657762
Khadiga S Abdulaziz
OBJECTIVES: To determine the effect of neurogenic acupoint dry cupping therapy on high sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) level, pain perception&intensity, and life impact of pelvic pain in women with chronic pelvic pain (CPP), with regard to the biological and neurophysiological impacts of dry cupping on acupoint.
METHODS: Thirty women with CPP were randomly divided into two equal groups; the study group received dry cupping on neurogenic acupoints plus lifestyle modifications for 8 weeks (n=15), while the control group received only lifestyle modifications for 8 weeks (n=15). Women were assessed pre- and post-rehabilitation program with the hs-CRP blood test, the short-form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ), and the pelvic pain impact questionnaire (PPIQ).
RESULTS: Comparing both groups post-treatment revealed that there were significant reductions in levels of hs-CRP, and scores of SF-MPQ&PPIQ (p<0.05) in the study group compared with the control group. Also, there were significant positive correlations between hs-CRP and both SF-MPQ"Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), Present Pain Intensity (PPI) index&Pain Rating Index (PRI)"and PPIQ (p<0.05).
CONCLUSION: Neurogenic acupoint cupping therapy had significantly improving effects on the degree of inflammation, pain perception&intensity, and life impact of pelvic pain in women with CPP.