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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2021, Vol. 44 ›› Issue (6): 569-576.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2021.06.013

• Acupuncture & Moxibustion • Previous Articles    

Clinical observation of the improving effects of acupuncture at sphenopa-latine ganglia on different symptoms of 222 patients with allergic rhinitis*

Zhang Peng1, Shang Xiaojuan1, Tan Yi1, Yang Jing1, Wang Kuiji2, Xu Shiwen3, Wang Xiang4, Sun Sanfeng5, Yu Kun6, Zhao Xinyu7, Shu Ning8, Yang Wei1, Chen Luquan1#   

  1. 1 Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100010, China;
    2 Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100010, China;
    3 Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Beijing Chinese Medicine Hospital Pinggu Hospital, Beijing 101200, China;
    4 Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Beijing Tongzhou District Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital, Beijing 101100, China;
    5 Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Beijing Huairou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing 101400, China;
    6 Yuetan Community Health Service Centre of Fuxing Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100045, China;
    7 Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Beijing Chaoyang District Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, Beijing 100020, China;
    8 Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Beijing Huian TCM Integrated Hospital, Beijing 100067, China
  • Received:2020-08-10 Online:2021-06-30 Published:2021-06-25
  • Contact: Chen Luquan, Ph.D., Associate Chief Physician. Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University. No.17 Hougouhutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005. E-mail: chenluquan@hotmail.com
  • Supported by:
    Beijing Natural Science Foundation(No. 7212166), Funds for Innovation Research Project for Public Health Development in Beijing (No. 2020-2-2055), Beijing Health Commission Appropriate Technology Promotion Projects (No. BHTPP202032), Beijing TCM Science and Technology Development Fund Project (No. JJ-2020-18)

Abstract: Objective To observe the differences in the improvement degree, speed and persistence of different symptoms in the treatment of allergic rhinitis (AR) with acupuncture at sphenopalatine ganglion in a multicenter, noncontrolled study, and analyze the effects of the acupuncture therapy on AR symptoms. Methods The clinical data were collected of 222 cases of AR patients treated with acupuncture at sphenopalatine ganglion from April 2017 to June 2018 twice a week for four weeks in seven centers in Beijing. At 5 time points, i.e. before treatment(Week 0), the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th week during treatment (Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4) and during the follow-up (Week 8), the numbers of cases with different degrees of the four main symptoms including nasal congestion, runny nose, itching nose and sneezing selected from Total Nasal Symptom Score (TNSS) were recorded and the numbers of cases with and without the five accompanying symptoms including nasal discharge flowing through the pharynx, tears, itching nose or eyes, nasal or oral maxillary pain and headache selected from Total Nonnasal Symptom Score (TNNSS) were also recorded. Non-parametric tests of score data were performed on the distribution of cases at different time points to compare the changes in the distribution of the main symptoms and accompanying symptoms. The effects of acupuncture at sphenopalatine ganglion were compared on the basis of the numbers of patients whose symptoms were relieved, eliminated, unchanged and aggravated at the end of the follow-up compared with those before treatment. Results Before and after treatment, there were statistically significant differences in the overall distribution of symptom scores of nasal congestion, runny nose, itching nose and sneezing (P<0.05). In addition, the symptoms were milder at the later time point between every two adjacent time points (P<0.01). There were also statistically significant differences in the overall distribution of symptom scores of nasal discharge flowing through the pharynx, tears, itching nose or eyes, nasal or oral maxillary pain and headache (P<0.05), among which the first four symptoms were milder at the later time point between every two adjacent time points (P<0.01). Conclusion Acupuncture at sphenopalatine ganglion can relieve the main and associated symptoms of AR with definite efficacy. AR patients with the main clinical manifestations of sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose and nasal itching are more likely to obtain satisfactory results thanks to acupuncture at sphenopalatine ganglion.

Key words: sphenopalatine ganglia, acupuncture technique, allergic rhinitis, multicenter study, obtaining qi

CLC Number: 

  • R276.1