Catgut implantation into subcutaneous superficial fascia for 40 female cases with sub-health insomnia

TIAN Qian-mo1 WU Wen-zhong1 LU Wen2 BAI Xin-yu2 MAI Bi-ying3

(1.Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China 210029)
(2.Department of Acupuncture and Tuina, Lianyungang First People's Hospital)
(3.Malaysia Jiyuan Health Clinic of Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion)

【Abstract】Objective: To observe the clinical effect of subcutaneous and superficial fascia-embedding in the treatment of female sub-health insomnia. Methods: On the basis of lifestyle intervention, 40 female patients with sub-health insomnia were treated with acupuncture at facial acupoints such as Yintang (EX-HN 3) penetrating into the root of nose, the point 3 cm above Cuanzhu (BL 2) penetrating into Cuanzhu (BL 2), Yangbai (GB 14) penetrating into Yuyao (EX-HN 4), as well as catgut embedding at the body acupoints like the back transport points of the five zang organs [Xinshu (BL 15), Feishu (BL 13), Ganshu (BL 18), Pishu (BL 20), and Shenshu (BL 23)] plus Geshu (BL 17), five mental-regulating acupoints [Pohu (BL 42), Shentang (BL 44), Hunmen (BL 47), Yishe (BL 49), and Zhishi (BL 52)] plus Geguan (BL 46), and seven acupoints in the governor vessel [Dazhui (GV 14), Shenzhu (GV 12), Shendao (GV 11), Zhiyang (GV 9), Zhongshu (GV 7), Mingmen (GV 4), and Yaoyangguan (GV 3)]. The patients were treated with catgut embedding at the back transport points of the five zang organs as well as the Geshu (BL 17) during their first visit. Two weeks later, the catgut embedding was further conducted at the subcutaneous superficial fascia of face. Four weeks later, the catgut embedding was performed at the five mental-regulating acupoints together with Geguan (BL 46), followed by catgut embedding at the seven acupoints in the governor vessel another two weeks later. Pittsburgh Sleep quality Index (PSQI) score was observed before and immediately after the eight weeks of treatment as well as eight weeks after the treatment, respectively, to evaluate the curative effects. Results: The total PSQI scores after eight weeks of treatment and eight weeks of follow-up visit were both lower than that before treatment (both P < 0.01). The total effective rate at the end of eight-week treatment was 67.5% (27/40). The total effective rate after eight weeks of follow-up visit was 85.0% (34/40). Conclusion: The catgut embedding at the subcutaneous superficial fascia achieved good short-term and long-term effects in the treatment of female sub-health insomnia.

【Keywords】 Sub-health insomnia; Acupoint catgut embedding; Superficial subcutaneous fascia; Strengthening yang-qi; Pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI);

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ISSN:0255-2930

CN:11-2024/R

Vol 39, No. 01, Pages 16-18

January 2019

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Abstract

  • 1 Clinical data
  • 2 Treatment methods
  • 3 Observation of curative effects
  • 4 Experience
  • References