Objective: To compare clinical therapeutic effects of acupuncture, moxibustion, acupuncture plus moxibustion at Weiwanxiashu (EX-B 3) on diabetes.
Methods: Seventy-nine cases of type 2 diabetes were randomly divided into 3 groups: acupuncture group (A), moxibustion group (B) and acupuncture plus moxibustion group (C) and Weiwanxiashu (EX-B 3) was selected in the 3 groups. The main clinical symptoms, fasting blood glucose, 24 hurinal glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, and blood lipids were investigated and compared before and after treatment.
Results: After treatment, the clinical symptoms significantly improved; fasting blood glucose, 24 h-urinal glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, and cholesterol, triglyceride, low density lipoprotein all decreased in varying degrees, and the high density lipoprotein increased (P < 0.05) in all of the 3 groups, with the effects being the best in the acupuncture plus moxibustion group.
Conclusion: Acupuncture, moxibustion, or acupuncture plus moxibustion at Weiwanxiashu (EX-B 3) is an effective therapy for diabetes, and the acupuncture plus moxibustion has a better result.