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Effects of Electro-Acupuncture Therapy (EAT) to the Lower Limbs of Young Women who Suffer from Chilly Constitution (‘<I>Hie</I>’symptoms)—As judged by bodily pain (BP) score of Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form-8 Survey (SF-8)—

  • SAKAGUCHI Shunji
    Research Division of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Kansai University of Health Sciences
  • KUGE Hiroshi
    Anesthesiology, Osaka Medical College Hospital Course of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Department of Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tsukuba University of Technology
  • TAKEDA Taro
    Department of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Meiji University of Integrative Medicine
  • KOJIMA Yoshihisa
    Department of Acupuncture, Faculty of Health Sciences, Morinomiya University of Medical Sciences
  • MIYAZAKI Junji
    Department of Acupuncture, Faculty of Health Sciences, Takarazuka University of Medical and Health Care
  • SASAKI Kazuro
    Department of Acupuncture Medicine, Faculty of Oriental Medicine, Suzuka University of Medical Science
  • MORI Hidetoshi
    Course of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Department of Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tsukuba University of Technology

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  • 若年女性の冷え症に対する下肢への低周波鍼通電療法の効果—SF-8の下位尺度‘体の痛み’得点を指標とした比較検討—
  • 若年女性の冷え症に対する下肢への低周波鍼通電療法の効果 : SF-8の下位尺度'体の痛み'得点を指標とした比較検討
  • ジャクネン ジョセイ ノ ヒエ ショウ ニ タイスル カシ エ ノ テイシュウハシンツウデン リョウホウ ノ コウカ : SF-8 ノ カイ シャクド'カラダ ノ イタミ'トクテン オ シヒョウ ト シタ ヒカク ケントウ

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Objective<br> We examined the effects of low frequency electro-acupuncture therapy (EAT) on young women who suffered from‘Hie’symptoms, which were judged according to the national normal value of bodily pain (BP) scores from a ”Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form-8 Survey“ (SF-8).<br>Subjects and Methodology<br> The experimental subjects were 20 women (mean age: 21.2 years old; range: 18-26 years old) who exhibited symptoms of ‘Hie’ symptoms (vasomotor dysfunction) and whose toes’skin temperature increased or showed a different reaction between right and left during a postural change test. A stainless steel acupuncture needle (length: 40 mm; diameter: 0.2 mm) was inserted approximately 15 mm deep at SP6 (Sanyinjiao, Saninko). EAT using an active electrode (the needle) at SP6 and a reference electrode (surface electrode) at the lateral-anterior aspect of the lower leg was applied at a frequency of 1 Hz for 20 minutes. The therapy was provided one session per week for a total of five sessions. Effects of the therapy were evaluated by using an original questionnaire (‘Hie’diary), which consisted of six categorical of 14 symptoms (including of‘Hie’) and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) of‘severity of Hie’. Moreover, changes in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) by acupuncture were evaluated by using the SF-8 Standard Edition.<br>Results<br> Subjects were grouped according to their SF-8 BP scores before the therapy: 12 subjects (L group) whose scores were less than the national normal value (42.75 points), and eight subjects (H group) whose scores were more than the national normal value. For both groups VAS levels showed no statistically significant changes, but for the L group the total score of 14 symptoms significantly decreased after the second therapy session compared with scores before the therapy. Moreover, the statistically significant decrease in the total score lasted for one month after the therapy had been finished. Compared with before therapy, the score of ‘vitality’ (VT) significantly increased for the L group one month after the therapy, and those of BP and ‘mental health’ (MH) significantly increased for the L group just after and one month after the therapy.<br>Conclusions<br> EAT at SP6 on young women with ‘Hie’ symptoms (vasomotor dysfunction) contributes to improvement in overall condition and health-related QOL, and it is occluded that the effect of the EAT was high, because HRQOL was low (the score of BP was low).

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