Therapeutic efficacy observation on acupuncture for primary xerostomia

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Title

Therapeutic efficacy observation on acupuncture for primary xerostomia

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Journal Publication

Date

2012

volume

10(3)

pages

169-173

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Abstract

Objective: To observe the clinical effect of acupuncture therapy for primary xerostomia. Methods: A total of 46 cases were randomly allocated into an acupuncture group and a medication group by the random alphabet table. Cases in the acupuncture group were treated with acupuncture aiming to nourish yin and tonify the kidney, whereas cases in the medication group were treated with oral administration of Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan (Anemarrhena, Phellodendron and Rehmannia Pill). Then the static total saliva flow rate and cube sugar dissolving scores in the two groups before and after treatments were compared and analyzed. Results: The total effective rate in the acupuncture group was 87.0% vs 60.9% in the medication group, showing a statistical significance (P<0.05). After treatment, the static total saliva flow rates and cube sugar test scores were significantly improved in both groups (P<0.05 or P<0.01), there were statistical differences regarding both the static total saliva flow rates and cube sugar test cores between the two groups (P,0.01). Conclusion: Acupuncture therapy aiming to nourish yin and tonify the kidney could achieve better results than oral Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan (Anemarrhena, Phellodendron and Rehmannia Pill) and cause no adverse reactions.

Frequency of Treatment

>1/WK

Time in Treatment

4 Weeks

has health condition studied

Stomatognathic Diseases

has study population number

46

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