Clinical observation on obesity and hyperlipidemia of yang deficiency of spleen and kidney syndrome in female patients treated with warm acupuncture combined with auricular acupuncture

PANG Tingting1 LIU Zhicheng1 XU Bin1

(1.State and Province Joint Key Laboratory of Acupuncture and Medicine Integration, Nanjing University of CM, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China 210029)

【Abstract】Objective To compare the differences of clinical effects in female patients with obesity and hyperlipidemia of yang deficiency of spleen and kidney syndrome between warm acupuncture combined with auricular acupuncture and simple warm acupuncture. Methods One hundred and thirty patients were randomly divided into an observation group and a control group, 65 cases in each one. In the control group, acupuncture was used at Pishu (BL20), Zhongwan (CV12), Shenshu (BL23), Zhongji (CV3), Guanyuan (CV4), Mingmen (GV4), Taibai (SP3), Fenglong (ST40), etc.; warm acupuncture was applied at Pishu (BL20), Zhongwan (CV12), Shenshu (BL23) and Zhongji (CV3); the treatment was required once every two days for 3 months continuously. In the observation group, based on the treatment in the control group, thumbtack intradermal needles were embedded at auricular points, including pi (CO13), shen (CO10), pangguang (CO9), sanjiao (CO17), neifenmi (CO18), neishengzhiqi (TF2), etc. Obesity indices [body mass (W), obesity degree (A), body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage (F%)], blood lipid indices [serum total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low density lipoprotein (LDL–C), high density lipoprotein (HDL–C)] and clinical efficacy were observed before and after treatment in the two groups. Results After treatment in the two groups, the obesity indices of W, A, BMI and F% and the blood lipid levels of TC, TG and LDL–C were obviously decreased compared with those before treatment (all P < 0.01), and the HDL–C levels were apparently increased than those before treatment (both P < 0.01). After treatment, the improvement of TC and HDL–C in the observation group was superior to that in the control group (both P < 0.01). The difference was not statistically significant in the aspect of improving every obesity index between two groups (all P > 0.05). The comprehensive total effective rate of the observation group was 95.4% (62/65), which was better than 84.6% (55/65) of the control group (P < 0.001). Conclusion Warm acupuncture combined with auricular acupuncture and simple warm acupuncture can both benignly adjust abnormal lipid metabolism of obesity patients with hyperlipidemia, and warm acupuncture combined with auricular acupuncture are superior to simple warm acupuncture treatment on antiobesity action and improving the TC and HDL–C levels.

【Keywords】 obesity; hyperlipidemia; warm acupuncture; auricular acupuncture; yang deficiency of spleen and kidney; randomized controlled trial (RCT);


【Funds】 National Natural Science Foundation of China: 30873307

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Vol 35, No. 06, Pages 529-533

June 2015


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  • 1 Clinical data
  • 2 Treatment methods
  • 3 Observation of curative effect
  • 4 Discussion
  • References