Electroacupuncture Versus Aerobic Interval Training on Liver Functions in Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver.
J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Oct 29. Epub 2019 Oct 29. PMID: 31657614
Ramy Salama Draz
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is considered one of the most common and most important conditions affecting the liver, because of its increasing prevalence all over the world. It is usually associated with elevated liver enzymes and ranges from simple steatosis to liver cirrhosis. This study was conducted to compare the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) versus aerobic interval training (AIT) exercise and how they affect liver functions in people suffering from nonalcoholic fatty liver.This study was carried out on 50 female patients suffering from NAFLD with age ranging from 30 to 55 years; they were randomly divided into two equal groups: group A received (EA) stimulation at points of liver 3 (LR3), liver 14 (LR14), gall bladder 34 (GB34), and stomach 36 (ST36), whereas group B received AIT exercise. All patients in both groups A and B received 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks (receiving noninterrupted 18 sessions) in addition to their standard medications. Evaluation of all patients in both groups A and B was carried out before and after the treatment program by measuring the levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), triglycerides (TGs), and C-reactive protein (CRP).There is a significant decrease ( < 0.05) of ALT, AST, TGs, and CRP within each group, A and B, after 6 weeks of treatment sessions. A significant difference post-treatment was found between both groups in ALT, AST, and TGs ( < 0.05). However, there was no significant difference in CRP ( > 0.05) between both groups post-treatment.It can be concluded that both EA and AIT exercise are potent modalities that improve liver functions in people with NAFLD with better effect toward EA.