[Clinical application of acupuncture and moxibustion to the treatment of gouty arthritis and analysis on their therapeutic effects].

College of Acu-moxibustion, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China.
Zhen ci yan jiu = Acupuncture research / [Zhongguo yi xue ke xue yuan Yi xue qing bao yan jiu suo bian ji] 03/2009; 34(1):67-9.
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In the present paper, the authors make a summary on the clinical application of acu-moxibustion therapy in the treatment of gouty arthritis in recent 10 years. Acupuncture needles often used are filiform needle, red-hot needle, moxibustion-warmed needle and three-edged needle. Clinical studies have showed that acupuncture therapy has a definite efficacy in relieving gouty arthritis and has its clinical characteristics, such as faster efficacy, lower relapse rate, etc. in comparison with medication.

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