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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can attenuate the inflammatory response in patients with bowel obstruction due to sepsis, reports a Chinese research team. Eighty-two septic patients with intestinal dysfunction were randomly assigned to EA or conventional therapy (fluids, drugs, mechanical ventilation and enteral nutrition). In addition to conventional therapies, patients in the EA group received 20 minutes of EA at Zusanli ST-36 and Shangjuxu ST-37 twice a day for five days. Serum levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines were significantly lower in the EA group compared with the control group at one, three and seven days post-treatment. There were no significant differences in length of stay in ICU, or 28 day mortality rates between the two groups.

Electro-acupuncture attenuates inflammatory responses and intraabdominal pressure in septic patients: A randomized controlled trial. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Apr;97(17):e0555.


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