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A Chinese research team has found that acupuncture can improve blood pressure and markers of metabolic dysfunction in patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS). In a randomised trial, 40 MetS patients were randomly assigned to receive either verum acupuncture or sham. Participants in the treatment group received acupuncture at bilateral Tianshu ST-25, Daheng SP-15, Daimai GB-26, Liangmen ST-21, Zusanli ST-36, Qihai REN-5, Zhongwan REN-12 and Xiawan REN-10. Those in the sham group received shallow needling at points located 0.5 cm from the real acupoints. Decreases from baseline in mean waist circumference and weight at the end of treatment were significantly greater in the acupuncture group versus the control group. Positive changes in mean glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c), triglycerides, total cholesterol and blood pressure in the acupuncture group were also significantly greater than in the control group.

The Efficacy of Acupuncture on Anthropometric Measures and the Biochemical Markers for Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:8598210.

 

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