Moxibustion, an alternative therapy, ameliorated disturbed circadian rhythm of plasma arginine vasopressin and urine output in multiple system atrophy.
Intern Med. 2007 ;46(13):1015-8. Epub 2007 Jul 2. PMID: 17603243
Previously no alternative therapy approach has been made to ameliorate disturbed circadian arginine vasopressin rhythm (C-AVP-R) in multiple system atrophy (MSA). A 65-year-old man with MSA showed loss of C-AVP-R and nocturnal polyuria. We performed moxibustion at specific acupuncture points on the bladder and inside the feet, once a day, 3 times a week, for 6 months. After the treatment, his C-AVP-R appeared to be normal, and the nocturnal urine output decreased to 75% (p<0.01). Together with the previous studies, it seems possible that somatic warm stimulation by moxibustion in specific points might have facilitated AVP secretion in this patient.