[Acupuncture combined with moxibustion plaster for nerve-root type cervical spondylosis].Zhongguo Zhen Jiu 2016; 36(2):139-43ZZ
To compare the clinical efficacy differences between acupuncture combined with moxi-bustion plaster and electroacupuncture (EA) for nerve-root type cervical spondylosis.
A total of 60 casesof nerve-root type cervical spondylosis were randomly divided into a plaster group and an EA group, 30 cases ineach one. Patients in the plaster group were treated with regular acupuncture at Jiaji(EX-B 2) points and ashipoints, combined with moxibustion plaster at Gaohuang (BL 43); patients in the EA group were treated with EAat identical acupoints as plaster group. The treatment was given once a day, and 5 days were taken as one course;there was an interval of 2 days between courses and totally 2 courses were performed. The pain questionnaires andquantitative score of signs and symptoms were observed before and after treatment in the two groups. The clinicalefficacy of the two groups was compared.
The total effective rate was 96. 7% (29/30) in the plastergroup, which was not significantly different from 93. 3% (28/30) in the EA group (P>0. 05). After treatment,PRI, VAS and PPI were all reduced in the two groups (all P<C. 01), which were also significantly different be-tween the two groups (all P<0. 05). The quantitative score of each sign and symptom was increased after treat-ment in the two groups (all P<0. 01). Compared with the EA group, the work and life ability, function, feelingand strength of hand were increased in the plaster groups (all P<. 05). Pain score of neck and shoulder aftertreatment in the EA group was higher than the plaster group (all P<0. 05).
Acupuncture combinedwith moxibustion plaster and EA both have superior clinical efficacy for nerve-root type cervical spondylosis; EA issuperior to acupuncture combined with moxibustion plaster on relieving pain, while acupuncture combined withmoxibustion plaster is superior to EA on improving life quality, muscle strength and feeling.