Acupuncture from Tiaokou (ST 38) to Chengshan (BL 57) combined with local exercise for periarthritis

XU Senlei1 ZHANG Hongru1 GU Yihuang1

(1.the Second Clinical Medical College, Nanjing University of CM, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China 210023)

【Abstract】Objective To compare the effect difference between acupuncture from Tiaokou (ST 38) to Chengshan (BL57) combined with local exercise and acupuncture. Methods Sixty patients with periarthritis were randomly divided into an acupuncture group and an acupuncture combined with exercise group (active acupuncture group), 30 cases in each group. Acupuncture from Tiaokou (ST 38) to Chengshan (BL 57) was given in both groups. The active shoulder joint during acupuncture was applied in the active acupuncture group. The treatment was given once every two days, 5 times as one course and a total of 2 courses were required. The activity-related pain (VAS score), shoulder joint activity (Melle score), and daily living ability (ADL score) were observed before and after treatment in the two groups. Result The VAS score, Melle score and ADL score were significantly lower in the two groups after treatment compared with those before treatment (all Ps < 0.05); the VAS score, Melle score, and ADL score in the active acupuncture group were lower than those in the acupuncture group (all Ps < 0.05). Conclusion The curative effect of acupuncture from Tiaokou (ST 38) to Chengshan (BL 57) combined with local exercise on periarthritis is superior to that of acupuncture from Tiaokou (ST 38) to Chengshan (BL 57) alone.

【Keywords】 periarthritis; acupuncture from Point ST 38 (Tiaokou) to Point BL 57 (Chengshan) ; exercise; acupuncture; VAS score; Melle score; ADL score;


【Funds】 National Natural Science Foundation of China (81647063)

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Vol 38, No. 08, Pages 815-818

August 2018


Article Outline


  • 1 Clinical data
  • 2 Treatment methods
  • 3 Observation of therapeutic effects
  • 4 Discussion
  • References