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Abdominal Acupuncture plus Moxibustion for Treatment of Parkinson Disease Rigidity in 30 Patients

WEN Xing, LI Ying-wen, DUAN Quan (Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Guangdong Provincial TCM Hospital, Guangzhou 510120, China)  
Objective: To observe the clinical effect of abdominal acupuncture plus moxibustion for treatment of Parkinson disease rigidity. Methods: Sixty patients with Parkinson Disease rigidity registered to Guangdong Provincial TCM Hospital between November 2006 and July 2007 were recruited. The patients were randomized into the treatment group (n=30) to receive abdominal acupuncture plus moxibustion as add-on therapy of Madopa, or the control group (n=30) to receive Madopa alone over a 3-month period. Changes in Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) scores and rate of overall improvement were compared between the two groups before and after treatment. Results: After treatment, overall improvement was found in 90.0% of patients in the treatment group vs 83.3% in the control group (P0.05), with greater change from baseline in UPDRS total and daily activity scores found for the treatment group (P0.05). There were no significant differences between two groups (PO.05) in UPDRS spirits, behaviors mood, movement function and complication scores from baseline. Conclusion: Abdominal acupuncture plus moxibustion as an add-on therapy to Madopa appears to provide additional benefits for patients with Parkinson Disease rigidity.
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