The Effect of Low, High Frequency Electroacupuncture on Functional Dyspepsia: A Randomized, Double Blinded, Two Arm Trial

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Acupunct. 2014;31(3):19-24
Publication date (electronic) : 2014 September 20
doi : https://doi.org/10.13045/acupunct.2014039
Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Chung-Ju Hospital of Traditional Korean Medicine, Semyung University
*Corresponding author : Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Chung-Ju Hospital of Traditional Korean Medicine, Semyung University, 63, Sangbang 4-gil, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, 380-080, Republic of Korea, Tel : +82-43-841-1738, E-mail : leetaeho0331@hanmail.net
Received 2014 August 09; Revised 2014 August 26; Accepted 2014 August 26.

Abstract

Objectives :

The purpose of this study is to investigate the efficacy of the electroacupuncture with different frequency on functional dyspepsia.

Methods :

We observed 30 functional dyspepsia patients from May, 2013 to June, 2014. This study was randomized and double blinded. The patients were divided into two groups. One group (group A) was treated with 3 Hz electroacupuncture and the other group (group B) was treated with 300 Hz electroacupuncture. We evaluated the treatment effect of each group by using visual analogue scale (VAS) and pressure algometer.

Results :

  1. Functional dyspepsia was significantly improved in group treated with 3 Hz electroacupuncture.

  2. Functional dyspepsia was significantly improved in group treated with 300 Hz electroacupuncture.

  3. As a result of evaluation there were no statistical significance between two groups. Conclusion : Both 3 Hz and 300 Hz electroacupuncture has significant effect on functional dyspepsia. But there is no significant difference between 3 Hz and 300 Hz electroacupuncture.

Fig. 1.

Pressure algometer (WAGNER FDX)

Sex and Age Distribution in Patients with Functional Dyspepsia

Changes of VAS Score in Each Group

Changes of Pressure Algometer Score in Each Group

The Comparison of VAS and Pressure Algometer Score between Two Groups

Notes

This paper was supported by the Semyung University Research Grant of 2013

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Fig. 1.

Pressure algometer (WAGNER FDX)

Table 1.

Sex and Age Distribution in Patients with Functional Dyspepsia

Group A Group B p-value
Sex (male / female) 2 / 13 2 / 13
Age 50.14 ± 11.52 50.07 ± 8.14 0.696

Group A : group treated with 3 Hz electroacupuncture.

Group B : group treated with 300 Hz electroacupuncture.

Values are represented as mean ± standard deviation.

p-value < 0.05 by Mann-Whitney U test.

Table 2.

Changes of VAS Score in Each Group

Before treatment After treatment p-value
Group A 62.57 ± 7.12 44.50 ± 15.16 0.001
Group B 61.79 ± 7.35 50.43 ± 10.48 0.001

Group A : group treated with 3 Hz electroacupuncture.

Group B : group treated with 300 Hz electroacupuncture.

Values are represented as mean ± standard deviation.

p-value < 0.05 by Wilcoxon signed rank test.

Table 3.

Changes of Pressure Algometer Score in Each Group

Before treatment After treatment p-value
Group A(CV15) 3.29 ± 0.63 kgf 3.41 ± 0.67 kgf 0.044
Group B(CV15) 2.85 ± 0.56 kgf 2.97 ± 0.54 kgf 0.019
Group A(CV12) 3.05 ± 0.59 kgf 3.25 ± 0.68 kgf 0.038
Group B(CV12) 2.83 ± 0.74 kgf 2.97 ± 0.64 kgf 0.021

Group A : group treated with 3 Hz electroacupuncture.

Group B : group treated with 300 Hz electroacupuncture.

Values are represented as mean ± standard deviation.

p-value < 0.05 by Wilcoxon signed rank test.

Table 4.

The Comparison of VAS and Pressure Algometer Score between Two Groups

Group A Group B p-value
VAS 18.07 ± 10.88 11.36 ± 6.20 0.062
Pressure algometer score (CV15) 0.12 ± 0.19 0.13 ± 0.15 0.890
Pressure algometer score (CV12) 0.20 ± 0.32 0.14 ± 0.17 0.448

Group A : group treated with 3 Hz electroacupuncture.

Group B : group treated with 300 Hz electroacupuncture.

Values are represented as mean ± standard deviation.

p-value < 0.05 by Mann-Whitney U test.