[Clinically randomized controlled trials of moxibustion with salt in bamboo circle for treatment of periarthritis of shoulder].
Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2009 Jan;29(1):77-80. PMID: 19186729
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical therapeutic effect of moxibustion with salt in bamboo circle on periarthritis of shoulder. METHODS Eighty-six cases were randomly divided into a salt-moxibustion group and an electroacupuncture group, 43 cases in each group. The salt-moxibustion group was treated by moxibustion with salt in bamboo circle on the part of obvious pain and hot compress moxibustion on its periphery. The electroacupuncture group was treated with electroacupuncture at Jianyu (LI 15), Jianliao (TE 14), Jianzhen (SI 9), etc. After treatment, the analgesic effect and improvement degrees of active function of the shoulder joint were observed and 3 months later they were followed-up. RESULTS: The two therapies had analgesic effect and could improve active function of shoulder joint, but the salt-moxibustion group in the transient analgesic effect and the improvement degree of active function of the shoulder joint was better than the electroacupuncture group (P< 0.01, P < 0.05). Follow-up survey showed good clinical therapeutic effects in the two groups. The effective rates of pain and active function of shoulder joint were 97.7% and 93.0% in the salt-moxibustion group and 93.0% and 88.4% in the electroacupuncture group, respectively, with no significant differences between the two groups. CONCLUSION: Moxibustion with salt in bamboo circle has an obvious therapeutic effect on periarthritis of shoulder, and it has transient analgesic effect and improves active function of shoulder joint, with a stable and long-term therapeutic effect.