AIM: To compare the curative effect of acupuncture and auricular-point tapping and pressing therapy in the treatment of simple obesity. METHODS: The experiment was conducted in Hong Kong Baptist University from February to April 2004. 40 patients with simple obesity were randomly divided into two groups: Acupuncture group （n=20） and auricular-point group （n=20）. ①Patients in the acupunture group received acupuncture at points of Tianshu, Zhongwan, Shuifen, Qihai, Guanyuan, Shuidao, Daheng, Zusanli, Fenglong, Sanyinjiao, Neiting and Quchi. Local obesity parts were acupunctured with 3-4 bullets, three times each week and 12 times as one course. ②Points of stomach, Shenmen, endocrine, lung, Jidian and abdomen in patients of the auricular-point group were pressed with cowherb seeds, one ear was treated each time and two ears alternatively tapped for every 4 days. Body mass, waistline, hip circumference and index of body mass were measured 4 weeks after the treatment, and then compared with those before the treatment. RESULTS: Thirty-nine patients were involved in the analysis of results. ①Body mass: It was lower in both groups than that before the treatment[（73.83±4.90）,（75.54±4.97）kg;（68.05±3.29）,（69.33±3.34）kg,P ＜ 0.01],and there were no differences between the two groups. ②Waistline: It was smaller in both groups after treatment than those before the treatment [（93.37±2.75）,（97.74±2.58）cm;（90.73±2.29）,（94.05±2.21）cm,P ＜ 0.01], and no difference existed between two groups. ③Hip circumference: It was smaller in both groups after treatment than that before treatment[（103.18±2.07）,（105.76±2.14）cm;（102.40±1.73）（104.55±1.95）cm, P ＜ 0.01],and no difference existed between two groups. ④Index of body mass: It was smaller in both groups after treatment than that before treatment[（27.53±1.18）,（28.22±1.21）kg/m2;（26.81±0.88）,（ 27.30±0.90） kg/m2, P ＜ 0.01], and no difference existed between two groups. CONCLUSION: Single use of acupuncture or auricular-point tapping and pressing therapy on patients with simple obesity can significantly reduce body mass, waistline, hip circumference and index of body mass, and the curative effects of two ways are similar.
|Translated title of the contribution||Randomized controlled observation of acupuncture and auricular-point tapping and pressing therapy in the treatment of simple obesity|
|Original language||Chinese (Simplified)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Dec 2005|
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