This 2017 stomach pain acupuncture research concluded acupuncture outperformed routine drug therapy to treat pain due to indigestion. A randomized clinical trial demonstrated that acupuncture produced superior patient outcomes to patients using domperidone to treat functional dyspepsia, which is non-ulcer induced stomach pain, often accompanied by bloating, nausea, and belching. Furthermore, patients who received acupuncture had superior improvement with their sleep duration and quality than those taking drug therapy.
Stomach Pain Acupuncture Research
Domperidone is a dopamine resistor frequently used in China to treat stomach disorders, including GERD, acid reflux, nausea, and vomiting. Domperidone helps food move through the digestive tract by stimulating intestinal movement. Researchers concluded that acupuncture had significantly more impact in promoting good digestion than domperidone.
Researchers recruited patients to the study at the Yichang Central People’s Hospital of Three Gorges Dam from May 2013 to May 2015. They randomly divided patients into two groups, drug therapy and acupuncture. Patients receiving domperidone took 10 mg, 15 minutes before meals, three times a day. Patients in the acupuncture group received the same acupoints, which included:
The practitioners inserted all points perpendicularly, activating them with deQi and stimulating them with mild reinforcing and reducing methods. Practitioners elicited a gentle “achy” sensation at each needle point. This technique makes the treatment stronger and gets better outcomes. The needle retention time was 30 minutes per acupuncture session. One course of care consisted of 6 days of acupuncture therapy, and doctors applied two rounds of care.
This stomach pain acupuncture research study produced significant positive patient outcomes for both groups. However, acupuncture outperformed drug therapy. The total effective rate for acupuncture, based upon all data, was 95.4%. Drug therapy produced an 84.1% total effective rate.
All measurement outcomes showed that acupuncture was a more powerful treatment modality than domperidone to treat functional stomach pain. Both the PSQI (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Assessment) and the SF-36 scores were stronger in the acupuncture study group. The SF-36 is a survey measuring overall patient health, including pain levels, functionality, and vitality. Furthermore, neuropeptide, motilin (a hormone that stimulates gastric activity) and TNF levels all demonstrated that acupuncture was a superior treatment modality.
Indigestion Research Conclusion
In conclusion, both objective and subjective findings overwhelmingly indicated that acupuncture was both safe and effective for treating functional dyspepsia (stomach pain) and produced superior patient outcomes over routine drug therapy.
This stomach pain acupuncture research supports our findings at Raleigh Acupuncture, where we have been successfully treating stomach pain for over 15 years. We successfully treat acid reflux, GERD, bloating, indigestion, dyspepsia, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, and other forms of stomach pain. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are well suited to treat stomach pain.
In this stomach pain acupuncture research, they were limited to using just three acupuncture points. At Raleigh Acupuncture, we assess our patients based on their specific presentation. Each treatment is custom-designed to meet their needs. In addition, we have a full herbal pharmacy and can prescribe Chinese herbs when appropriate, to assist with patient care.
Zeng LF, Tuo L. (2017). Effect of Acupuncture on Dyspepsia with Sleep Disorders. Liaoning Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2017,44(2): 359-361.
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