Clinical study on electroacupuncture for cervical intervertebral disc herniation
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- Wu, Yc., Zhang, Jf., Sun, Yj. et al. J. Acupunct. Tuina. Sci. (2013) 11: 371. doi:10.1007/s11726-013-0729-7
To compare the therapeutic efficacies between electroacupuncture (EA) and medication for cervical intervertebral disc herniation (CIDH).
Totally 420 patients with CIDH were randomized into two groups by random number table. 210 patients in the EA group were intervened by EA at Dazhui (GV 14), Dazhu (BL 11), and Houxi (SI 3); 210 patients in the medication group were treated by oral administration of Meloxicam tablets.
The average ranks of both short and long term efficacies in the EA group were significantly lower than that in the medication group (both P<0.01); there were significant differences in comparing the total effective rates of both short and long terms between the two groups (both P<0.01). It shows that EA group has better therapeutic efficacy than the medication group.
EA is better than medication in comparing both short-term and long-term therapeutic efficacies in treating CIDH.