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Author Kurono, Y.; Egawa, M.; Yano, T.; Shimoo, K.
Title The effect of acupuncture on the coronary arteries as evaluated by coronary angiography: a preliminary report Type of Study RCT
Year 2002 Publication The American journal of Chinese medicine Abbreviated Journal Am J Chin Med
Volume 30 Issue 2-3 Pages 387-396
Keywords Acupuncture; Angina Pectoris; Cardiovascular Diseases; RCT; Acu Versus CAM Control; TCM Acupuncture Style; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; CAM Control; Acu Versus Acu; AcuTrials
Abstract The Neiguan acupuncture point (EH-6) of the heart meridian is often used for circulatory disorders. To clarify this effect, we measured coronary diameters in patients with angina pectoris following acupuncture stimulation using cardioangiography. Two kinds of acupuncture stimulation, the leaving needle (LN) and the sparrow pecking method (SPM), were employed for this study. No significant differences were found between LN and SPM. Concerning the pattern of coronary reaction, coronary constriction following acupuncture showed a relationship to patients with vasospastic angina. Coronary dilation following acupuncture showed a relationship to patients with Syndrome X. The mean dilatation with acupuncture was 68.8% of that caused by isosorbide dinitrate. These findings may help to clarify the mechanism of acupuncture treatment
Language Number of Treatments 1
Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency N/A Number of Participants 16
Time in Treatment 1 Day Condition Angina Pectoris
Disease Category Cardiovascular Diseases OCSI Score
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 606
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