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Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2007 Dec;27(12):904-6.

[Comparative observation on acupuncture and western medicine for treatment of minimal brain dysfunction].

[Article in Chinese]

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Section of TCM, Yuanshi Health Center, Xiantao, Hubei 433003, China.



To compare the therapeutic effects of acupuncture and western medicine on minimal brain dysfunction (MBD) and to search for a clinically effective therapy for MBD.


Sixty-eight cases were randomly divided into an acupuncture group and a western medicine group, 34 cases in each group. The acupuncture group were treated by acupuncture at Dazhui (GV 14) and Shenque (CV 8), and the western medicine group by taking Haloperidol orally. One month constituted one course. After treatment, the total effective rate and scores of Connell's scale for diagnosis and behavior of MBD were compared between the two groups.


The total effective rate and the score after treatment were 97.1% and 10 +/- 0.37 in the acupuncture group and 82.4% and 15 +/- 0.93 in the western medicine group, with a very significant difference between the two groups (P < 0.01, P < 0.000 5), the acupuncture group being better than the western medicine group. Follow-up survey for 2-10 months showed the effects of the acupuncture group still were kept.


Acupuncture at Dazhui (GV 14) and Shenque (CV 8) can effectively cure MBD.

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