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J Tradit Chin Med. 2006 Mar;26(1):8-12.

Clinical study on the wrist-ankle acupuncture treatment for 30 cases of diabetic peripheral neuritis.

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Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the 47th Hospital of Chengdu Military Medical College of the Third Military Medical University, Chengdu 610500, China.



To study the mechanisms of wrist-ankle acupuncture for prevention and treatment of diabetic peripheral neuritis.


Ninety cases of diabetic peripheral neuritis were randomly divided into 3 groups, and treated respectively with wrist-ankle acupuncture, body-acupuncture, and the western routine medical treatment, with 30 cases in each of the groups; and therapeutic effects and laboratory results compared.


It is proved that the therapeutic effects of the wrist-ankle acupuncture group and body acupuncture group were significantly superior to those of the control group, with no significant differences between the former two groups.


Wrist-ankle acupuncture has the actions of improving the metabolisms of blood sugar and blood-lipid, lowering down blood viscosity, and restoring the functions of peripheral nerve cells, thus giving definite therapeutic effects for diabetic peripheral neuritis.

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