Electroacupuncture accelerates solid gastric emptying and improves dyspeptic symptoms in patients with functional dyspepsia

Sanping Xu, Xiaohua Hou, Hui Zha, Zhairong Gao, Yongxue Zhang, J. D.Z. Chen

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Abstract

The aims of this study were to investigate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) at ST36 and PC6 points on solid gastric emptying and dyspeptic symptoms in patients with functional dyspepsia. Nineteen patients with functional dyspepsia (FD) were involved in the study, consisting of two parts: (1) acute effects of EA on solid gastric emptying in FD patients with delayed gastric emptying and (2) shortterm (2-week) effects of EA on symptoms in FD patients with normal gastric emptying. Results were as follows. (1) Ten of the19 patients showed delayed gastric emptying of solids, and acute EA significantly improved delayed gastric emptying; the halftime for gastric emptying was reduced from 150.3±48.4 to 118.9±29.6 min (P=0.007). (2) In the nine patients with normal gastric emptying, 2-week EA significantly decreased the symptom score, from 8.2±3.3 at baseline to 1.6±1.1 (P < 0.001) at the end of treatment. We conclude that EA at the ST36 and PC6 points accelerates solid gastric emptying in FD patients with delayed gastric emptying and relieves dyspeptic symptoms in FD patients with normal gastric emptying.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2154-2159
Number of pages6
JournalDigestive diseases and sciences
Volume51
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acupuncture
  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Gastric emptying
  • Ggastrointestinal motility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Gastroenterology

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