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Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2018 May 12;38(5):4733-7. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2018.05.006.

[Effects on cervical spondylosis of vertebral artery type and the concentrations of plasma NPY and UII in the patients treated with the modified acupuncture at unilateral/bilateral Renying (ST 9)].

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Department of Rehabilitation, Affiliated Wuhan Center Hospital of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430014, Hubei Province, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To observe the differences in the clinical therapeutic effects on cervical spondylosis of vertebral artery type (CSA) between the modified acupuncture and the routine acupuncture at unilateral/bilateral Renying (ST 9) as well as the impacts on the concentrations of plasma neuropeptide Y (NPY) and urotensinⅡ(UⅡ) in the patients.

METHODS:

A total of 160 patients were divided into a modified bilateral acupuncture group, a modified unilateral acupuncture group, a routine bilateral acupuncture group and a routine unilateral acupuncture group, 40 cases in each one according to the random number table. In the modified bilateral acupuncture group, the modified acupuncture was applied bilaterally to Renying (ST 9). In the modified unilateral acupuncture group, the modified acupuncture was applied unilaterally to Renying (ST 9). In the routine bilateral acupuncture group, the routine acupuncture was applied bilaterally to Renying (ST 9). In the routine unilateral acupuncture group, the routine acupuncture was applied unilaterally to Renying (ST 9). The treatment was given once every day, continuously for 6 days as one course. Two courses of treatment were required at the interval of 1 day. In each group, before and after treatment, we observed the peak systolic blood flow velocity (Vs) of the vertebral artery (VA) and the basilar artery (BA), cervical vertigo symptoms and functional assessment scales (ESCV) and the concentration of plasma NPY and UⅡ. The clinical therapeutic effects were compared among the groups.

RESULTS:

After treatment, the clinical therapeutic effect in the modified bilateral acupuncture group was 90.0% (36/40), which was better than 80.0% (32/40) in the modified unilateral acupuncture group, 77.5% (35/40) in the routine bilateral acupuncture group and 65.0% (26/40) in the routine unilateral acupuncture group (all P<0.05). After treatment, Vs of VA and BA was improved remarkably in every group (all P<0.01), and the result in the modified bilateral acupuncture group was higher than those in the other groups (all P<0.01). After treatment, ESCV scores were all increased remarkably in every group (all P<0.01). ESCV score and improvement index in the modified bilateral acupuncture group were all higher than those in the other groups (P<0.05, P<0.01). After treatment, the concentrations of plasma NPY and UⅡ were all reduced remarkably in every group (all P<0.01) and the differences were significant among the groups (all P<0.01).

CONCLUSION:

The modified bilateral acupuncture at Renying (ST 9) effectively regulates the blood supply of the vertebral basilar artery and improves the cerebral circulation. The effects are superior to those of the unilateral acupuncture at Renying (ST 9).

KEYWORDS:

Point ST 9 (Renying); cervical spondylosis of vertebral artery type; modified acupuncture; neuropeptide Y (NPY); urotensionⅡ(UⅡ)

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