Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 51, Issue 12, pp 2154–2159 | Cite as

Electroacupuncture Accelerates Solid Gastric Emptying and Improves Dyspeptic Symptoms in Patients with Functional Dyspepsia

  • Sanping Xu
  • Xiaohua Hou
  • Hui Zha
  • Zhairong Gao
  • Yongxue Zhang
  • J. D. Z. Chen
Original Article


The aims of this study were to investigate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) at ST36 and PC6 points on solid gastric emptying and dyspeptic symptoms in patients with functional dyspepsia. Nineteen patients with functional dyspepsia (FD) were involved in the study, consisting of two parts: (1) acute effects of EA on solid gastric emptying in FD patients with delayed gastric emptying and (2) short-term (2-week) effects of EA on symptoms in FD patients with normal gastric emptying. Results were as follows. (1) Ten of the19 patients showed delayed gastric emptying of solids, and acute EA significantly improved delayed gastric emptying; the halftime for gastric emptying was reduced from 150.3±48.4 to 118.9±29.6 min (P=0.007). (2) In the nine patients with normal gastric emptying, 2-week EA significantly decreased the symptom score, from 8.2±3.3 at baseline to 1.6±1.1 (P < 0.001) at the end of treatment. We conclude that EA at the ST36 and PC6 points accelerates solid gastric emptying in FD patients with delayed gastric emptying and relieves dyspeptic symptoms in FD patients with normal gastric emptying.


Acupuncture Functional dyspepsia Gastric emptying Ggastrointestinal motility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanping Xu
    • 1
  • Xiaohua Hou
    • 1
  • Hui Zha
    • 1
  • Zhairong Gao
    • 2
  • Yongxue Zhang
    • 2
  • J. D. Z. Chen
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Gastroenterology, Union Hospital of Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina
  2. 2.Division of Nuclear Medicine, Union Hospital of Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina
  3. 3.Division of GastroenterologyUniversity of Texas Medical Branch, 221 Microbiology BuildingGalvestonUSA

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