[Clinical observation on abdominal electroacupuncture for treatment of poststroke constipation]

Author: Wang DS, Wang S, Kong LL, Wang WY, Cui XM
Section of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of TCM, Harbin 150036, China. ds2001w@tom.com
Conference/Journal: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu.
Date published: 2008 Jan
Other: Volume ID: 28 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 7-9 , Special Notes: [Article in Chinese] , Word Count: 158

OBJECTIVE: To compare therapeutic effects of abdominal electroacupuncture (EA) and western medicine on poststroke constipation. METHODS: Eighty cases were randomly divided into an EA group and a medication group, 40 cases in each group. The EA group were treated with EA at Daheng (SP 15), Fujie (SP 14), Tianshu (ST 25), Shuidao (ST 28), etc., once a day, 30 min each session, and the medication group with oral administration of 10 mg Cisapride, thrice each day. Seven days constituted one course. After 2 courses, clinical therapeutic effects were evaluated by cumulative scores of symptoms. RESULTS: The total effective rate of 92.5% in the EA group was significantly better than 72.5% in the medication group (P < 0.05). After treatment, the cumulative scores of clinical symptoms significantly decreased in the two groups (P < 0.05) and the improving degrees of symptoms in the EA group was significantly better than that in the medication group (P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Abdominal electroacupuncture has a definite therapeutic effect on poststroke constipation, accelerating gastrointestinal movement.
PMID: 18257178