AcuTrials

Forty-six cases of vertebrobasilar insufficiency treated by acupuncture plus intravenous infusion of ligustrazine

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Title

Forty-six cases of vertebrobasilar insufficiency treated by acupuncture plus intravenous infusion of ligustrazine

Journal Publication

Journal of traditional Chinese medicine = Chung i tsa chih ying wen pan / sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Date

2008

volume

28(4)

pages

245-249

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Acu Versus CAM Control
Fixed Acupuncture Protocol
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
TCM Acupuncture Style
Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency
Cardiovascular Diseases

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To observe the therapeutic effect of acupuncture plus Ligustrazine on vertebrobasilar insufficiency (VBI) by transcranial Doppler (TCD) sonography. METHODS: 86 VBI patients including 56 cases of low flow rate velocity type (LFVT) and 30 cases of high flow velocity type (HFVT) were randomly divided into Ligustrazine group (26 LFRT and 14 HFVT) and acupuncture plus Ligustrazine group (30 LFVT and 16 HFVT). The blood flow velocity (BFV) of vertebral artery (VA) and basilar artery (BA) in systole before and after treatment was measured with TCD and therapeutic effects were evaluated after 10 days' treatment in the two groups. RESULTS: In the acupuncture plus Ligustrazine group, the total effective rate was 93.3% and 88.5% in cases of LFVT and HFVT respectively, and BFV of VA and BA increased in LFVT patients while that in HFVT patients decreased significantly (P<0.05 or P<0.01). CONCLUSION: Owing to its dual regulation on blood flow of VA and BA, the therapeutic effect of acupuncture plus Ligustrazine was better than that of simple Ligustrazine

Frequency of Treatment

>1/WK

Time in Treatment

3 Weeks

has health condition studied

Cardiovascular Diseases

has study population number

86

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