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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 8598210, 8 pages
Research Article

The Efficacy of Acupuncture on Anthropometric Measures and the Biochemical Markers for Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study

1Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China
2Being University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
3Beijing First Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, Beijing 100026, China
4Guang’anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100053, China
5Wangjing Hospital, Chinese Academy of Chinese Medicines, Beijing 100102, China
6First Affiliated Hospital, Anhui University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hefei, Anhui Province 230031, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Hong Zhao

Received 16 May 2017; Accepted 8 October 2017; Published 31 October 2017

Academic Editor: Giuseppe Caminiti

Copyright © 2017 Mingjuan Han 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.


Background. Many previous studies have shown the potential therapeutic effect of acupuncture for metabolic syndrome (MetS). However, most of these studies were limited by short durations of observation and a lack of sham acupuncture as control. We designed a randomized controlled trial, used sham acupuncture as the control, and evaluated the efficacy over 12 weeks of treatment and 12 weeks of follow-up. Methods/Design. The study was designed as a multicentre, parallel-group, randomized, double-blinded trial. 40 patients were randomly assigned to two groups: treatment group (treated with acupuncture) and control group (treated with sham acupuncture). Outcomes were measured at 4, 8, and 12 weeks and 3 months after treatment. Results. 33 participants (17 in acupuncture group and 16 in control group) completed the treatment and the follow-up. Decreases from baseline in mean waist circumference (WC) and weight at the end of treatment were 4.85 cm (95% CI []) and 4.00 kg (95% CI []) in acupuncture group and 1.62 cm and 1.64 kg in control group (). The changes in mean glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c), triglycerides (TG), total cholesterol (TC), and blood pressure in acupuncture group were greater than the changes in control group (, ). Conclusion. Acupuncture decreases WC, HC, HbA1c, TG, and TC values and blood pressure in MetS.