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Review of Clinical Studies for Obesity Using Cupping Therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Journal of Korean Medicine for Obesity Research
  • Abbr : J Korean Med Obes Res
  • 2015, 15(2), pp.137-143
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Medicine for Obesity Research
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine
  • Published : December 30, 2015

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1대전대학교 한방부인과교실
2대전대학교 부인과학교실

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to investigate the clinical studies of cupping therapy for obesity inTraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and to evaluate the effects of it for use in practice. CNKIwere searched for controlled studies on cupping therapy for obesity that were published up toSeptember 2015. The review included 9 randomized controlled trials, and we analyzed theobjectives, process of interventions, outcome measurements, and main results of the studies. Wefound that cupping therapy combined with acupuncture, electric acupuncture or threadembedding have more effectively decreased body mass index, waist circumference and lipidprofile than acupuncture, electric acupuncture or thread embedding only have done. In thereviewed studies, cupping therapy treated in the region of abdomen, upper and lower limbs, anddorsal part operating on 5 to 25 minutes for one time with total 6 to 45 times of schedule. In thisstudy, we demonstrated that cupping therapy combined with acupuncture, electric acupunctureor thread embedding could have effectively used for treating obesity. Further evaluation andclinical researches are required to establish evidence in practice

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