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J Tradit Chin Med. 2010 Sep;30(3):176-9.

Acupuncture for promoting intelligence of children--an observation on 37 cases with mental retardation.

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Affiliated Hospital of Gansu College of TCM, Lanzhou, Gansu 730020, China. tianypw@126.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To observe the effect of acupuncture on intelligence quotient (IQ) in children with mental retardation (MR).

METHODS:

One hundred children with MR were randomly divided into an acupuncture group and a control group, 50 in each. There were 37 and 36 cases with complete data in the former and latter group respectively. Four-week treatment constituted a course, the comprehensive therapeutic effect of two groups was compared after 3 courses of treatment, and the influence of acupuncture on IQ was estimated.

RESULTS:

The total effective rate in the acupuncture group was 78.4%, better than 30.56% in the control group, the difference being significant (P < 0.01). Both groups were improved in IQ but the effect of the former group was better than that of the latter group (P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION:

Acupuncture can obviously improve IQ of children suffering from MR.

PMID:
21053622
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