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A combination of acupuncture and auricular acupressure has a better therapeutic effect on chloasma than treatment with vitamins C and E. In a Chinese study, 135 patients were assigned to acupuncture plus auricular acupressure, acupuncture only or vitamin treatment groups. Acupuncture consisted of facial needling at the rims of the chloasma lesion, plus a selection of body points based on individual TCM pattern presentation (all received Quchi L.I.-11, Hegu L.I.-4, Xuehai SP-10, Zusanli ST-36 and Sanyinjiao SP-6; Taichong LIV-3 and Ligou LIV-5 were added for Liver qi stagnation; Yinlingquan SP-9 and Fenglong ST-40 were added for Spleen deficiency and dampness; Shenshu BL-23 and Taixi KID-3 were added for Kidney deficiency). For the combined acupuncture/acupressure group, auricular acupressure was applied (at ear Shenmen, Lung, Endocrine, Subcortex and Cheek) with vaccaria seeds. Patients in the vitamin group were given oral vitamin C and vitamin E three times daily. Body and facial acupuncture were applied every other day for two months, while vitamins were prescribed for three months. The total effective rate was 95.6 per cent for the combined treatment, 91.1 per cent for acupuncture alone and 75.6 per cent for the vitamin treatment. Post-treatment oestradiol levels were significantly decreased and progesterone levels were significantly increased in the acupuncture/acupressure and acupuncture only groups, compared to pre-treatment - a significant compared with the vitamin group.

The Effects of Acupuncture Combined with Auricular Acupressure in the Treatment of Chloasma. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018 Apr 22;2018:6438458.


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