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Observation on the therapeutic effect of acupuncture an d moxibustion in 120 cases of rheumatoid arthritis

Liu Wei, Liu Bin, Wang Yi, et al. (First Affiliated Hospital of Tianjin College of TCM, Tianjin 300193, China)  
Objective To compare therapeutic effects of acup uncture-moxibustion and western medicine for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods The treatment group (n=120) were treated by acupunc ture and moxibustion at Fengchi (GB 20), Sanyinjiao (SP 6), Wangu (SI 4), Hegu ( LI 4), Neiguan (PC 6), Dubi (ST 35), Zusanli (ST 36) and Yanglingquan (GB 34)- through-Yinlingquan (SP 9), and the control group (n=120) were treated by methotrexate plus diclofenatis. Results The total effective rate was 72 5% in the treatment gr oup and 60 0% in the control group with a significant difference between the t wo groups (P0 05); there was no reverse effect in the treatment group. Conclusion Acupuncture-moxibustion is a safe and effective the rapy for rheumatoid arthritis.
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