Influence of needling point Hegu(LI 4) on colonoscopy
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Purpose: To investigate the influence of needling bilateral points Hegu (LI 4) before colonoscopy on the examined patients and the time of inserting colonoscope.Methods: 185 patients to receive colonoscopy were randomly divided into an acupuncture group (93 cases) and a control group (92 cases) in order of examination. Bilateral points Hegu (LI 4) were needled before colonoscopy in the acupuncture group. No preventive measures were taken in the control group. Pain grades during the period that colonoscope passes the sigmoid and transverse colons were observed and the time of inserting colonoscope was recorded.Results: One hundred and sixty-five patients underwent colonoscopic insertion successfully, which were taken as the effective cases. Of them, 84 cases were in the acupuncture group and 81 cases in the control group. Statistics indicated that pain grades during colonoscope's passing the sigmoid and transverse colons were significantly lower in the acupuncture group than in the control group (P<0.01); the time of inserting colonoscope was significantly shorter in the acupuncture group than in the control group (P<0.05).Conclusion: Needling bilateral points Hegu (LI 4) before colonoscopy can effectively relieve the patients'discomfort and shorten the colonoscopic time during the examination.
Key wordsColonoscopy Acupuncture Therapy Point, LI 4
CLC numberR246. 9
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