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Traditional Medicine Research  2018, Vol. 3 Issue (5): 237-242    DOI: 10.12032/TMR201813082
Ethnic and Regional Medicine     
Clinical efficacy of combined skin acupuncture and external washing therapy of Zhuang nationality medicine in the treatment of chronic eczema
Zu-Ling Jiang1, An Huang2,*(), Gui-Yan Deng1, Jing Xu3, Jing Tang4, Feng-Zhen Liang4
1Ruikang Hospital Affiliated to Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine, Nanning, China.
2Institute of Chinese Minority Traditional Medicine of Minzu University of China, Beijing, China.
3The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine, Nanning, China.
4Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine, Nanning, China.
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Highlights

The clinical efficacy of combined skin acupuncture and external washing therapy of Zhuang nationality medicine in the treatment of chronic eczema was superior to that of mometasone furoate cream.

Editor’s Summary

Two exquisite bronze needles which were early used in skin acupuncture of Zhuang nationality medicine, belonging to the period between the Western Zhou dynasty to the Spring and Autumn Period (1046 B.C. - 476 B.C.), were discovered at an archaeological site in a tomb.

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the clinical efficacy of combined skin acupuncture and external washing therapy of Zhuang nationality medicine in the treatment of chronic eczema. Methods: One hundred and twenty patients with chronic eczema were randomly divided into an experimental group (60 cases) and a control group (60 cases). The experimental group was treated with skin acupuncture combined with external washing therapy, and the control group was treated with externally applied mometasone furoate cream. The patients’ symptoms and total severity were scored and analyzed before and after the 4-week treatment. The symptoms scored included: erythema, papule/hard swelling, epidermal exfoliation, mossy lesion, exudation/scab, and pruritus. Clinical efficacy and adverse reactions were compared before and after the 4-week treatment. Results: Scores for the different kinds of skin derogation, pruritus symptoms, the eczema area, and severity index (EASI) were all reduced after the treatments. Pruritus symptoms and EASI scores in the experimental group were lower than those of the control group (P < 0.05). The total effective rate in the experimental group was 81.03%, which was much higher than the 61.11% in the control group (Z = -2.391, P = 0.017). Conclusion: The clinical efficacy of combined skin acupuncture and external washing therapy of Zhuang nationality medicine in the treatment of chronic eczema was better than that of mometasone furoate cream.



Key wordsChronic eczema      Skin acupuncture of Zhuang nationality medicine      External washing of Zhuang nationality medicine     
Published: 04 September 2018
Fund:  This work was supported by Guangxi Science Research and Technology Development Project (Guikegong 14124003-10-4), Traditional Chinese Medicine Science and Technology Special Subject of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Health and Family Planning Commission (GZLC16-19).
Corresponding Authors: Huang An     E-mail: ancle_h@126.com
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Zu-Ling Jiang, An Huang, Gui-Yan Deng, Jing Xu, Jing Tang, Feng-Zhen Liang. Clinical efficacy of combined skin acupuncture and external washing therapy of Zhuang nationality medicine in the treatment of chronic eczema. Traditional Medicine Research, 2018, 3(5): 237-242. doi: 10.12032/TMR201813082

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https://www.tmrjournals.com/tmr/EN/10.12032/TMR201813082     OR     https://www.tmrjournals.com/tmr/EN/Y2018/V3/I5/237

Figure 1 Bronze needles
Group Gender/N Age/Years Course of disease/Months
Male Female
Experiment group 30 28 42.07 ± 12.30 29.74 ± 10.08
Control group 26 28 41.94 ± 12.17 30.44 ± 9.10
χ2/t 0.143 -0.056 0.385
P 0.705 0.955 0.701
Table 1 Comparison of baseline characteristics between the two groups
Control group (n = 54) Experimental group (n = 58)
Treatment Before After Before After
Pruritus score 7.09 ± 2.29 4.95 ± 1.57a 7.83 ± 2.46b 4.14 ± 1.09ac
Erythema score 5.85 ± 1.50 3.25 ± 1.22a 5.70 ± 1.63b 2.43 ± 0.96ad
Papule score 4.82 ± 1.11 2.01 ± 0.91a 4.94 ± 1.22b 1.46 ± 0.82ae
Scales score 4.94 ± 1.12 2.72 ± 1.22a 4.62 ± 1.23b 2.18 ± 0.88af
Mossy lesion score 5.16 ± 1.26 3.41 ± 1.63a 5.00 ± 1.15b 2.59 ± 1.04ag
Lesion area score 6.18 ± 1.47 3.67 ± 1.23a 5.88 ± 1.33b 2.34 ± 1.14ah
EASI score 14.89 ± 5.43 8.61 ± 2.04a 13.32 ± 6.08b 6.58 ± 2.02ai
Table 2 Comparison of lesions related indicatorsin the two groups before and after treatment ($\bar{x}$± SD)
Group N Clinical recovery Apparent effect In effect No effect Total effective rate
Experiment group 58 0 (0.00) 30 (51.72) 17 (29.31) 11 (18.97) 47 (81.03)
Control group 54 0 (0.00) 18 (33.33) 15 (27.78) 21 (39.89) 33 (61.11)
Table 3 Comparison of two groups of clinical efficacy (%)
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