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Abstract

Clinical Observation on Acupoint Catgut Embedding Combined With Electroacupuncture in the Treatment of Obese Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Author(s): Zhen Huang*, Shuang Lin Song and Di Zhang1
Department of Acupuncture and massage, 1Department of orthopedics, Affiliated Hangzhou First People’s Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, No. 261 Huansha Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310006, China

Correspondence Address:
Zhen Huang, Department of Acupuncture and massage, Affiliated Hangzhou First People’s Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, No. 261 Huansha Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310006, China, E-mail: [email protected]


To investigate the clinical efficacy of acupoint catgut embedding combined with electroacupuncture in the treatment of obese patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. A total of 102 obese patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease were randomly divided into control group (n=51) and treatment group (n=51). The patients in control group were given acupoint catgut embedding therapy, once every 2 w, for 3 mo; while the treatment group was given electroacupuncture therapy on the basis of the control group, once a d for 10 min, for 3 mo. The biochemical parameters, body shape parameters, liver imaging indexes, clinical efficacy and adverse reactions of the two groups were observed before and after treatment. After treatment, the basic parameters (body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, body fat percentage), liver fat (controlled attenuation parameters, liver stiffness measurement), liver enzymes (alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase), fasting (fasting insulin, fasting blood glucose) and blood lipids (high density lipoprotein, low density lipoprotein, triglyceride, total cholesterol) of the treatment group were significantly improved (p<0.05); the body parameters (body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, body fat percentage), liver fat (controlled attenuation parameters, liver stiffness measurement), liver enzymes (alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase), fasting (fasting insulin) and blood lipids (high density lipoprotein, low density lipoprotein, triglyceride, total cholesterol) of the control group were significantly improved (p<0.05) Lipid metabolism (high density lipoprotein, low density lipoprotein, triglyceride, total cholesterol) was significantly improved (p<0.05). The improvement of body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, controlled attenuation parameters and alanine aminotransferase in the treatment group was better than that in the control group (p<0.05). Acupoint catgut embedding combined with electroacupuncture in the treatment of simple obesity complicated with fatty liver can improve the treatment effect of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, correct the state of fatty liver and improve clinical symptoms, with more exact curative effect and more significant advantages, which is worthy of clinical promotion.

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