Clinical research on abdominal 
acupuncture plus conventional acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis

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JTCM December 2009
by Meng Chang‑rong et al.

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The authors of this study studied the efficacy of abdominal acupuncture in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. One‑hundred‑and‑five patients with OA of the knee were randomly divided into an abdominal acupuncture group (AA), a conventional acupuncture group (CA) and a combined abdominal and conventional acupuncture group (CACA). The AA group were needled at Zhongwan REN‑12, Guanyuan REN‑4, Wailing ST‑26, Daheng SP‑15 and the Lower Rheumatism point (0.5 cun inferior and 0.5 cun lateral to Wailing ST‑26). The needles were inserted rapidly to depth, manipulated for deqi and retained for 30 minutes. The CA group were needled at Neixiyan (MN‑LE‑16), Dubi ST‑35, Yanglingquan GB‑34, Liangqiu ST‑34, Xuehai SP‑10 and Xiyangguan GB‑33; these needles were manipulated for deqi, stimulated every 10 minutes and removed after 30 minutes. The CACA group received both AA and CA needling simultaneously. Treatment for all groups was given six times a week for four weeks. Knee joint function was measured according to the Lysholm Knee Scoring Scale. After treatment all three groups experienced improvements, although improvement in the CACA group was significantly better than both other groups. The authors conclude that combining abdominal acupuncture with conventional acupuncture constitutes an optimal therapy for knee OA.

JTCM December 2009

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