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Among the 54 patients enrolled in this study, the oldest was 58, the youngest was 20, and the average age was 39 years old. The shortest duration of impotence was three months and the longest was two years. All patients met the diagnostic criteria for impotence, although that criteria was not stated in the article.

Treatment method:

Black pepper was ground into powder and mixed with ginger juice in order to make a paste. This paste was spread on cotton gauze and affixed with adhesive directly over the navel. This application was changed once per day. Acupuncture was performed at: Shen Shu (Bl 23), Ming Men (GV 4), Guan Yuan (CV 4), Zhong Ji (CV 3), San Yin Jiao (Sp 6), and Tai Xi (Ki 3). The first two points were needled without retention. The other points were needled with 30 minute retention. One treatment was administered per day, five times per week. Ten treatments equaled one course of treatment. During this treatment, sexual activity was forbidden. After one course of treatment, if patients were able to get an erection, they were allowed to have sex. The longest duration of treatment was five courses and the shortest was one course.

Treatment outcomes:

Treatment outcomes were based on the 1994 edition of Zhong Yi Bing Zheng Zhen Duan Liao Xiao Biao Sun (Criteria for the Chinese Medical Diagnosis, Treatment, & Outcomes of Diseases & Patterns). As such, cure was defined as disappearance of symptoms with return of normal sexual function. Improvement was defined as ability to have an erection and to have sex. However, sometimes this was fine and sometimes it was not. No cure was defined as no change in the symptoms. Based on these criteria, 37 out of 54 patients were judged cured, 11 improved.

From our analysis, the message for people with chronic low back pain is that acupuncture is a truly effective therapy that provides significant pain relief.Patients with low back pain have many options for treatment including medication, chiropractic care, physical therapy and back exercises. However, these treatments do not always help, and scientific evidence indicates that they have only modest effectiveness.”

The researchers evaluated the effects of acupuncture both in the short-term (defined as three weeks after the last acupuncture treatment) as well as in the longer term. They found acupuncture provided definite pain relief in the short-term, and this relief appeared to be sustained over the longer term.

During a Clinical Trial that included subjects diagnosed with cancer being referred for chemotherapy having life expectancies of more than three months. The total of 56 patients enrolled in this study were randomly divided into two groups of 28 each, a treatment group and a comparison group. In the treatment group. there were 18 males and 10 females with an average age of 46.2 years. Eleven of these cases had nasopharyngeal cancer and 17 had non-small cell lung cancer. In the comparison group, there were 20 males and eight females with an average age of 49 years. In this group, there were 13 cases of nasopharyngeal cancer and 15 cases of non-small cell lung cancer. Therefore, these two groups were considered statistically comparable (P , 0.05).

Treatment method:

All the patients with nasopharyngeal cancer received 60mg/m2d1 of cisplatin (DDP), 500mg/ m2d1-d5 of 5-flououracil (5-Fu), and 600mg/ m2d1-d2 of cytoxan (CTX) for one week each 21 days. All the patients with non-small cell lung cancer received 60mg/m2d1 of DDP and 90-100mg/m2d1-d3 of etoposide (VP-16) for one week each 21 days. The electroacupuncture group (i.e., the treatment group) additionally received electroacupuncture bilaterally at Zu San Li (St 36). Electric stimulation was accomplished using the G6805 electroacupuncture machine manufactured in Shanghai. A 26 gauge fine needle was inserted three inches deep perpendicularly. After obtaining the qi, a high frequency, continuous wave pulse (3 beats per second) was used at as strong a degree of stimulation as the patient could bear. Each treatment lasted 20 minutes and was done once per day. These treatments were initiated three days before starting the chemotherapy and were continued until seven days after the end of each course of chemo. Outcomes were analyzed after two courses of treatment.


Electroacupuncture at Zu San Li (St 36) in coordination with chemotherapy can prevent bone marrow suppression, maintain healthy CD4/CD8 ratios, and maintain healthy NK cell levels and decrease both the incidence and severity of gastrointestinal toxic reactions. Therefore, this protocol was deemed to have gotten a relatively good clinical effect.

New research finds that acupuncture lowers elevated blood glucose levels related to obesity and diabetes. A laboratory experiment using obese diabetic rats incorporated electroacupuncture applied to Zhongwan (CV12) and Guanyuan (CV4). The experimental model was compared with two other groups. A control group received no acupuncture and another group received acupuncture at Zusanli (ST36). The groups receiving acupuncture at ST36 and the control group receiving no acupuncture did not show significant changes in blood glucose levels. The group receiving acupuncture at CV4 and CV12 showed significantly lower glucose levels. The researchers concluded that electroacupuncture applied to CV4 and CV12 “was effective in lowering baseline BG (blood glucose) and modulating the change in BG.”