[Comparation of effect and cost-benefit analysis between acupoint catgut-embedding and electroacupuncture on simple obesity].Zhongguo Zhen Jiu 2011; 31(10):883-6ZZ
To compare the clinical effect of acupoint catgut-embedding and electroacupuncture on simple obesity and evaluate the economics benefit by cost-benefit analysis.
Sixty cases were randomly devided into an acupoint catgut-embedding group and an electroacupuncture group, 30 cases in each group. Zhongwan (CV 12), Tianshu (ST 25), Daheng (SP 15), Shuifen (CV 9), Qihai (CV 6), Guanyuan (CV 4), Zusanli (ST 36) and Ashi acupoints were selected as the main acupoints in both groups. The acupoint catgut-embedding group was treated with acupoint catgut-embedding, once each week, four weeks as a course for two courses. The electroacupuncture group was treated with electroacupuncture, three times each week for eight weeks.
1) The total effective rate in the acupoint catgut-embedding group was 90.0% (27/30) and in the electroacupuncture group was 86.7% (26/30), with the similar therapeutic effect between the two groups (P > 0.05). 2) The body mass, body mass index (BMI), waistline, hip circumference and waist-to-hip ratio in the two groups were all decreased significantly (all P < 0.05). 3) The total medical treatment cost in the acupoint catgut-embedding group was 61 500 yuan and the cost per patient was 2050 yuan, and in the electroacupuncture group, the total cost was 117 210 yuan and the cost per patient was 3907 yuan. The cost effect analysis showed that there were 1857 yuan of the cost per patient in the acupoint catgut-embedding group less than that in the electroacupuncture group.
Acupoint catgut-embedding has significant effect in treating simple obesity with low cost and fine economics benefit.