Grain Moxibustion & Chronic Constipation – Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast

Grain Moxibustion & Chronic Constipation

Posted: 4 Jun, 2012

Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast – Moxibustion Treatments

The objective of the following study was to compare the therapeutic effect differences of chronic functional constipation treated with the combined therapy of grain-shaped moxibustion and acupuncture and simple acupuncture therapy.


[Randomized controlled study on chronic functional constipation treated with grain-shaped moxibustion and acupuncture

[Article in Chinese]

Wang LJ, Wang LL.



Laboratory of Integrated Acupuncture and Medicine, Nanjing University of CM, Nanjing 210029, China.


The researchers took one hundred cases of constipation and randomly divided them into a Acupuncture and Moxibustion group and a group that received only Acupuncture, fifty-fifty. Both groups were treated by acupuncture therapy with acupoints of two groups alternatively. Group 1: Tianshu (ST 25), Daheng (SP 15), Qihai (CV 6), Guanyuan (CV 4), Zusanli (ST 36), Shangjuxu (ST 37) and Sanyinjiao (SP 6). Group 2: Zhongliao (BL 33), Xialiao (BL 34), Dachangshu (BL 25), Shenshu (BL 23) and Pishu (BL 20).

In the acupuncture group, all the acupoints, were punctured. In the acupuncture and moxibustion group, grain-shaped moxibustion was given at Qihai (CV 6), Susanli (ST 36), Dachangshu (BL 25) and Pishu (BL 20), and other points were treated with puncture. The clinical therapeutic effect, and the changes of clinical score of constipation, quality of life and psychological symptoms score were observed before and after treatment.



The total effective rate in acupuncture and moxibustion group was 74.0% (37/50), superior to that (52.0%, 26/50) in acupuncture group. The clinical score of constipation, the quality of life and psychological symptoms score in both groups improved after treatment; in clinical score of constipation, the improvement of difficulty of defecation, defecation time, abdominal pain, difficulty, endless sensation of defecation, obstruction sense of anus, purgative prescription dependence, quality of life score and psychological symptoms score in the Acupuncture and Moxibustion group were superior to those in the second group that received Acupuncture alone.


For treating chronic functional constipation, the combined therapy of both grain-shaped moxibustion and acupuncture is safe and effective, superior to the simple acupuncture therapy.


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