By Chen HL; Huang XM
[Treatment of chemotherapy-induced leukocytopenia with acupuncture and moxibustion]
Chung Hsi i Chieh Ho Tsa Chih Chinese Journal of Modern Developments in
Traditional Medicine, 1991 Jun, 11(6):350-2, 325.
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Abstract: The effects of acupuncture and moxibustion on 376 cases of
chemotherapy-induced leukocytopenia was observed in patients with malignant
tumors in the intermediary and advanced stages.
Findings revealed that the
total effect in 121 cases (88.4%) occurred in the group treated with
acupuncture and moxibustion with warming needle; while the total effect in
221 cases (90.9%) was in the group treated with moxibustion with ignited
moxa cone. A comparison made between the 2 groups showed no significant
difference (P greater than 0.05). The total effective rate was 38.2% when
compared with the control group using batylalcohol and pentoxyl and so the
difference was significant (P less than 0.01).
Analysis found that with
patients having higher basic WBC value, the effect would be higher.
Conversely, those who had lower basic value in their WBCs, the expected
effect would be lower.
These findings suggest that acupuncture and
moxibustion in raising the effect on the white cells were influenced by the
extent to which the bone marrow was inhibited, having no relevance to the
kind of disease, the chemotherapy regime, and the treatment course which
the patient was in.