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Complement Ther Med. 2014 Oct;22(5):858-63. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.09.002. Epub 2014 Sep 16.

Effects of auricular stimulation in the cavum conchae on glucometabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Author information

1
Peking University of Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China. Electronic address: juyanlihk@gmail.com.
2
School of Chinese Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
3
Peking University of Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China; Medical College of Shantou University, Shantou, Guangdong Province, China; Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.
4
Peking University of Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China.
5
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.
6
Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the effect of auricular stimulation in cavum conchae on the glycemic control for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

METHODS:

Seventy-one cases were treated with auricular electrical stimulator in the cavum choncha for 30 min, once daily for consecutive 3 months. The changes on the fasting plasma glucose (FBG), 2-h postprandial blood glucose after a 75 g oral glucose load (P2BG), glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), serum creatinine (SCr), total cholesterol (TC) and aspartate transaminase (AST) were compared before and after the treatment.

RESULTS:

The level of the HbA1c was significantly decreased (P<0.05), and there were also statistically significant decreases in BUN, SCr, TC and AST after the treatment (P<0.05). A few patients (n=7) reduced the dose of the hypoglycemic agents in response to repeated hypoglycemia during the treatment.

CONCLUSION:

The stimulation in the cavum conchae of patients with types 2 diabetes mellitus may help decrease HbA1c, BUN, SCr, TC and AST, and may be an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes mellitus.

KEYWORDS:

Auricular therapy; Cavum conchae; Diabetes; FBG; HbA1c

PMID:
25440376
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctim.2014.09.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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