[Acupuncture at Zhibian (BL 54) through Shuidao (ST 28) for polycystic ovary syndrome].
To compare the efficacy differences between acupuncture at Zhibian (BL 54) through Shuidao (ST 28) and regular acupuncture for polycystic ovary syndrome.
One hundred and one patients, by using random digital table, were randomly divided into an observation group (49 cases) and a control group (52 cases). Patients in the observation group were treated with acupuncture at Zhibian (BL 54) through Shuidao (ST 28) as main acupoints, and accompanied acupoints were selected according to syndrome differentiation. Elongated needles (175 mm in length) were inserted at Zhibian (BL 54) with an angle of 200 with sagittal plane. The insertion depth was 100-115 mm, reaching Shuidao (ST 28) and making acupuncture sensation arrive at diseased location. Patients in the control group were treated at the same acupoints with regular acupuncture technique. The menstruation condition was ignored for patients in both groups. The treatment was given once a day, 15 times as one session, and 5 consecutive sessions were given. The basic temperature and level of sex hormone were observed before and after treatment in the two groups, and clinical efficacy was compared.
The cured rate was 65.3% (32/49) and the effective rate was 91.8% (45/49) in the observation group after treatment, which was significantly superior to 48.1% (25/52) and 63.5% (33/52) in the control group (both P<0.01). The number of patients with typical biphasic fever and patients with atypical biphasic fever in the observation group was higher, than that in the control group, but that of unidirectional temperature was less than that in the control group (P<0.05). After treatment, the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), LH/FSH, testos terone (T) were significantly reduced in the observation group (P<0.01, P<0.05); the LH and T were also apparently reduced in the control group (P<.01, P<0.05). The reduction of FSH, LH, LH/FSH and T in the observation group after treatment was more significant than that in the control group (P<0.05, P<0.01).
Acuouncture at Zhibian (BL 54) through Shuidao (ST 28) could significantly improve the basic temperature of patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, and regulate hormone level of reproductive endocrine, which is superior to regular acupuncture.