Impacts of mild moxibustion on immune indices and nailfold microcirculation in the sub-healthy group

HE Lu1,2 WANG Chunhua3 HU Ling1,2 HAO Feng4 WU Zijian2 CAI Ronglin2 WANG Jie1,2

(1.Clinical School of Acupuncture and Osteology, Anhui University of Chinese Medicine, Hefei, China 230038)
(2.Institute of Acupuncture and Meridian, Anhui Academy of Chinese Medicine)
(3.Anhui Institute of International Business)
(4.The Second School of Clinical Medical, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine)

【Abstract】Objective To compare the difference in the clinical therapeutic effects of the regulation of sub-health between the mild moxibustion on alternative days and Chinese herbal medicine. Methods Seventy-two sub-healthy patients were assigned into mild moxibustion group (36 cases) and medication group (36 cases) according to random number table. In the mild moxibustion group, the intervention of mild moxibustion with moxa stick was applied to Guanyuan (CV 4), Zusanli (ST 36) and Sanyinjiao (SP 6), once every other day. In the medication group, Yupingfeng Granules were prescribed for oral administration, three times a day. The treatment was continued for 2 months. Before and after treatment, the levels of IgA, IgM and IgG, SOD (superoxide dismutase), the total score of fatigue scale 14 (FS-14) and the score of nailfold microcirculation were observed separately. Results Compared with the results before treatment, the immune indices, the total score of FS-14 and the scores of nailfold microcirculation were all improved after treatment in the two groups, indicating the significant difference (P < 0.05, P < 0.01). In comparison between the two groups after treatment, the levels of immune globulin, e.g., IgM, IgG and SOD in the mild moxibustion group were higher in tendency than those in the medication group, but without significant differences (all P > 0.05). The total score of FS-14 after treatment in the mild moxibustion group was lower than that in the medication group (P < 0.05). After treatment, in the mild moxibustion group, for the nailfold microcirculation, the flow state score, the periloop score and the total score were all reduced more apparently as compared with those in the medication group (P < 0.01, P < 0.05). Conclusion Mild moxibustion with moxa stick on alternative days apparently relieved fatigue state, immune dysfunction and microcirculatory impairment in the sub-healthy group. The results were apparently superior to the treatment with Yupingfeng Granules.

【Keywords】 sub-healthy state; mild moxibustion; immune globulin; nailfold microcirculation;


【Funds】 National Basic Research Program of China (2009 CB 522905) Key Science and Technology Program of Anhui Province (1301042218) Scientific Research Innovation platform construction project of Universities in Anhui Province (2015TD033)

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CN: 11-2024/R

Vol 37, No. 02, Pages 115-119

February 2017


Article Outline


  • 1 Clinical data
  • 2 Therapies
  • 3 Clinical observation
  • 4 Discussion
  • References