[Acupuncture combined with massage for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome][Article in Chinese]
Huang ZD, Liang LA, Zhang WX.
Department of Acupuncture and Massage, Affiliated Ruikang Hospital of Guangxi TCM College, Nanning 530011, China.
OBJECTIVE: To observe the therapeutic effect of acupuncture combined with massage on irritable bowel syndrome.
METHODS: Ninety-three cases of irritable bowel syndrome were randomly divided into three groups: group of acupuncture combined with massage (group A), simple acupuncture control group (group B), simple massage control group (group C), 31 cases in each group. Their therapeutic effects were compared.
RESULTS: The cured rate and the effective rate in the group A were significantly higher than those in both group B and group C (P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Acupuncture combined with massage therapy shows a better therapeutic effect on irritable bowel syndrome, and they should be jointly used in clinical treatment.