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J Tradit Chin Med. 2004 Mar;24(1):16-9.

The effects of acupuncture in treatment of coronary heart diseases.

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Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of TCM, Beijing 100700.


A clinical study on acupuncture at point Neiguan (PC 6) was conducted on the basis of successful treatment of patients with angina pectoris and acute myocardial infarct. The effective rate (91.3%) was found to be far superior to isosorbide dinitrate and nifedipine (P < 0.01). The experimental studies in animal models demonstrated that electro-acupuncture could decrease the elevated ST segments in ECGs and reduce the infarct areas induced by coronary ligation.

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