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Effect of Electroacupuncture on Transcutaneous Oxygen Partial Pressure During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Healthy Individuals

Item

Title

Effect of Electroacupuncture on Transcutaneous Oxygen Partial Pressure During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Healthy Individuals

Journal Publication

Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

Date

2015

volume

21(5)

pages

44-51

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Acu + Usual Care Versus > 1 Control
Electroacupuncture
Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
Fixed Acupuncture Protocol
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
Usual Care Control, Physical
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen Partial Pressure

Abstract

CONTEXT: The goal of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is to increase the oxygen (O(2)) supply to the body significantly. Because of the toxic side effects and complications of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO(2)), the environmental pressure and treatment time must be restricted. The research team hypothesized that other therapies administered during HBOT could safely improve the value of the arterial oxygen partial pressure (PaO(2)) during HBOT and improve its therapeutic effect. OBJECTIVE: The study intended to investigate whether electroacupuncture (EA) while receiving HBOT had a greater effect for healthy individuals than HBOT or EA alone or EA combined with normobaric pure oxygen (pure O(2)). DESIGN: The research team designed a randomized, controlled trial. SETTING: The study was performed in the Department of Hyperbaric Medicine at the No. 401 Hospital of the People's Liberation Army in Qingdao, China. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 81 volunteers were recruited. After thorough physical examination and laboratory testing, 21 volunteers were excluded from the study. Participants included 60 healthy volunteers. INTERVENTION: Participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 groups of 15 participants each: (1) an HBOT group, (2) an EA group, (3) an EA During HBOT group, and (4) an EA Combined With Pure O(2)group. OUTCOME MEASURES: Because at the current technology level a blood gas analyzer cannot test PaO(2)during HBOT, transcutaneous oxygen partial pressure (PtcO(2)) of the participants was tested instead. Before, during, and after EA, variations in PtcO(2)were monitored in each group. RESULTS: For the EA During HBOT group, (1) the increase in PtcO(2)during EA was significantly greater than that observed for the other 3 groups (P > .05). CONCLUSIONS: The EA During HBOT method provided improvements in the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of HBOT, and the study's results partially demonstrated the accuracy of the research team's hypothesis that EA therapy applied during HBOT could safely improve the value of PtcO(2)(PaO(2)) during HBOT and produce a greater therapeutic effect.

pmid

PMID:26393991

Language

English

Time in Treatment

N/A

has health condition studied

Healthy Subjects

has study population number

60

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