Acupuncture improves intelligence of children with mental retardation. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Acupuncture for promoting intelligence of children--an observation on 37 cases with mental retardation.
J Tradit Chin Med. 2010 Sep;30(3):176-9. PMID: 21053622
Affiliated Hospital of Gansu College of TCM, Lanzhou, Gansu 730020, China. firstname.lastname@example.org
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of acupuncture on intelligence quotient (IQ) in children with mental retardation (MR).
METHODS: One hundred children with MR were randomly divided into an acupuncture group and a control group, 50 in each. There were 37 and 36 cases with complete data in the former and latter group respectively. Four-week treatment constituted a course, the comprehensive therapeutic effect of two groups was compared after 3 courses of treatment, and the influence of acupuncture on IQ was estimated.
RESULTS: The total effective rate in the acupuncture group was 78.4%, better than 30.56% in the control group, the difference being significant (P<0.01). Both groups were improved in IQ but the effect of the former group was better than that of the latter group (P<0.05).
CONCLUSION: Acupuncture can obviously improve IQ of children suffering from MR.