Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 371–374

Clinical study on electroacupuncture for cervical intervertebral disc herniation

  • Yao-chi Wu
  • Jun-feng Zhang
  • Yi-jun Sun
  • Cheng-fei Huang
  • Ping Shao
  • Gui-zhen Liu
Clinical Study

DOI: 10.1007/s11726-013-0729-7

Cite this article as:
Wu, Y., Zhang, J., Sun, Y. et al. J. Acupunct. Tuina. Sci. (2013) 11: 371. doi:10.1007/s11726-013-0729-7

Abstract

Objective

To compare the therapeutic efficacies between electroacupuncture (EA) and medication for cervical intervertebral disc herniation (CIDH).

Methods

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.

Results

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.

Conclusion

EA is better than medication in comparing both short-term and long-term therapeutic efficacies in treating CIDH.

Key Words

Intervertebral Disc DisplacementNeck PainAcupuncture TherapyElectroacupuncture

CLC Number

R246.2

Copyright information

© Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture and Meridian and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yao-chi Wu
    • 1
  • Jun-feng Zhang
    • 1
  • Yi-jun Sun
    • 1
  • Cheng-fei Huang
    • 1
  • Ping Shao
    • 2
  • Gui-zhen Liu
    • 3
  1. 1.No.6 People’s Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Shanghai Municipal Hospital ofTraditional Chinese MedicineShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Putuo District Center HospitalShanghaiChina