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Needling at Zhongwan REN-12 can help reduce blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), according to Indian clinicians. Forty T2DM patients were randomised into either acupuncture or placebo control groups. The participants in the acupuncture group were needled at Zhongwan REN-12 (0.5 cun depth with five minutes of manual stimulation), while those in the placebo control group were needled at a placebo point on the right side of the abdomen one cun lateral to Zhongwan REN-12 (similar depth and stimulation). For both groups, the needle was retained for 30 minutes. A significant reduction in blood glucose levels was observed in the acupuncture group compared to baseline. No such significant change was observed in the placebo control group.

Immediate Effect of Needling at CV-12 (Zhongwan) Acupuncture Point on Blood Glucose Level in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Pilot Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2017 Aug;10(4):240-244.

 

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