Abstract Title:

[Effect of abdominal acupuncture therapy on the endocrine and metabolism in obesity-type polycystic ovarian syndrome patients].

Abstract Source:

Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2010 Aug;35(4):298-302. PMID: 21090334

Abstract Author(s):

Mao-Hua Lai, Hong-Xia Ma, Hong Yao, Hua Liu, Xing-Hua Song, Wan-Yi Huang, Xiao-Ke Wu

Article Affiliation:

The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical College, Guangzhou 510120, China. [email protected]


OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of abdominal acupuncture on the endocrine and metabolic level in obesity-type polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) patients.

METHODS: Eighty-six PCOS patients were randomly and equally divided into medication group and abdominal acupuncture group. Patients of medication group were treated with metformin (250 mg/time, t.i. d. in the 1st week, and 500 mg/time, t.i.d. thereafter) for 6 months,and those of abdominal acupuncture group were treated by abdominal acupuncture [Zhongwan (CV 12), Liangmen (ST 21), etc., once daily for 6 months]. Changes of the body height, body Mass index (BMI), waist-hip ratio (WHR), Ferriman-Galleey score (FGS), menstrual frequency (MF) and ovarian volume (OV) were determined. Serum luteotrophic hormone (LH), free testosterone (T), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) contents were detected with radioimmunoassay. Fasting blood glucose (FBG), fasting insulin (FIN), total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), Homa insulin resistance index (IRI) were detected with chromatometry respectively.

RESULTS: After the treatment, BMI, WHR, FGS and OV were reduced significantly in both medication and abdominal acupuncture groups (P<0.05), while MF of the two groups increased evidently (P<0.05), and the effects of abdominal acupuncture group were significantly superior to those of medication group in down-regulating BMI, WHR and upregulating MF (P<0.05). Regarding the reproductive hormons, serum LH, LH/FSH and T levels in the two groups decreased significantly (P<0.05), and the effect of abdominal acupuncture was superior to that of medication group in reducing serum T level (P<0.05). Following the treatment, FBG, BG and FIN and INS contents 2 h after meal,and Homa IR in both medication and abdominal acupuncture groups all decreased considerably (P<0.05), but without significant differences between them (P>0.05). Regarding the blood lipid levels after the treatment, serum TC, TG, and LDL-C levels of the two groups decreased significantly (P<0.05), while serum HDL-C level increased remarkably (P<0.05), without significant differences between the two groups in these indexes (P>0.05).

CONCLUSION: Abdominal acupuncture treatment can improve the endocrine and metabolic function of patients with obesity-type PCOS.

Study Type : Human Study

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