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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2019, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (7): 611-616.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2019.07.014

• Clinical Studies • Previous Articles    

Calcifying tendinitis of the supraspinatus treated with thermo-acupuncture: a randomized controlled trial

Wang Defeng1, Cai Lin2   

  1. 1 France Académie Wang of Chinese Medicine, Toulouse 31000, France;
    2 London College of Chinese Medicine, London KT64JL, UK
  • Received:2019-02-10 Online:2019-07-30 Published:2019-09-03
  • Contact: Wang Defeng, Master, Degree, Principal,France Académie Wang of Chinese Medicine. Address: 33 Rue bayard, Toulouse 31000, France. E-mail: aiye31@yahoo.com

Abstract: Objective To observe the clinical therapeutic effects of the thermo-acupuncture in the treatment of calcifying tendinitis of the supraspinatus and to explore its mechanism. Methods A total of 60 patients with calcifying tendinitis of the supraspinatus were randomly divided into thermo-acupuncture group (TA) (observation group) and electroacupuncture group (EA) (control group), with 30 cases in each group. In the TA group, “Ping Bu” (moderate reinforcing) and “Ping Xie” (moderate reducing) manipulations were applied to acupoints of Taichong (LV 3), Yanglingquan (GB 34), Xuehai (SP 10) and Fenglong (ST 40) in both sides while warm needles were applied to the acupoints of Jianliao (SJ 14) and Jugu (LI 16) in the affected side. The treatment was given once every 4-5 days. After 2-4 times when the symptoms were alleviated, the fire needles were applied to Jianliao points (SJ 14) in the affected side and Ashi points near the calcification once a week, which lasted for eight weeks. The acupoints of the EA group were the same as those of the TA group. Differently, the electroacupuncture was applied to Jianliao (SJ 14) and Jugu (LI 16) points while the other acupoints received moderate manipulations. The treatment was given once every 4-5 days with a total of 8 times. The Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) of shoulder joint pain and the Constant System Core of the shoulder joint function before and after treatment were compared between the two groups; and the changes of calcification were compared before and 3 weeks after the 8 treatments. Results After 8 treatments, the VAS scores were lower (P<0.05) and the Constant scores were higher (P<0.05) in both groups. However, the TA group was better than the EA group (P<0.05). As for the changes of calcification, 25 cases disappeared after treatments in the TA group, which were 83.3% of 30 cases, and 4 cases decreased, which accounted for 13.3%. In the EA group, no calcification disappeared and only 6 cases of calcification decreased after treatments, which were 20% of the total of 30 cases. It was suggested that the efficacy of thermo-acupuncture to eliminate calcification far exceeds that of electroacupuncture. The difference was statistically significant (P<0.05), for the curative rate of the TA group was 96.6% (29/30) and higher than that of the EA group (20/30). Conclusion TA, the combination of warm needle and fire needle, is an independent acupuncture therapy for calcifying tendinitis of the supraspinatus with the advantages of short-treatment term, no trauma, low cost, and high curative effect.

Key words: calcifying tendinitis of the supraspinatus, thermo-acupuncture, warm needle, fire needle

CLC Number: 

  • R274.961