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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 839132, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/839132
Research Article

Clinical Effect of Acupuncture on Endemic Skeletal Fluorosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Acupuncture and Moxibustion Institute of China Academy of Chinese Medical Science, Beijing 100700, China

Received 22 August 2013; Accepted 16 October 2013

Academic Editor: Lu Wang

Copyright © 2013 Zhou Jincao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on endemic skeletal fluorosis (ESF) through the randomized controlled trial. Methods. Ninety-nine cases were divided into the treatment group (68 cases) and the control group (31 cases) randomly. Normal acupuncture combined with electroacupuncture was used in treatment group, while Caltrate with vitamin D tablets were applied in control group. After 2 courses, the VAS, urinary fluoride, serum calcium, and serum phosphate were evaluated before and after treatment. Results. Both of these two methods could relieve pain effectively and the effect of acupuncture was better ( ). In treatment group, the content of urinary fluoride after treatment was higher than before ( ), while the content of serum calcium and phosphate was lower ( ). Conclusion. The effect of acupuncture on relieving pain and promoting discharge of urinary fluoride is better than that of western medicine. Acupuncture can reduce the content of serum calcium and phosphate.