[Moxibustion on heat-sensitive acupoints for treatment of myofascial pain syndrome: a multi-central randomized controlled trial]

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2008 Jun;28(6):395-8.
[Article in Chinese]


Objective: To observe the clinical therapeutic effect of moxibustion on heat-sensitive acupoints on myofascial pain syndrome (MPS).

Methods: Three-centre, single blind, randomized controlled trial method was adopted. One hundred and seven cases were randomly divided into an observation group (n = 57), and a control group (n = 50). The observation group were treated by moxibustion on the heat-sensitive acupoints and the control group by acupuncture, cupping and TDP. The therapeutic effects were assessed according to changes of the score of the short-form of McGill pain questionnaire composing of pain rating index (PRI), visual analogue scale (VAS) and present pain intensity (PPI) before and after treatment.

Results: The cured rate of 86.0% in the observation group was better than 24.0% in the control group. After treatment, the score of PRI, VAS, PPI indexes significantly improved in the observation group (P < 0.001), and were significantly better than those in the control group (P < 0.001).

Conclusion: Moxibustion on the heat-sensitive acupoints has a high therapeutic effect on MPS.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Points*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Hot Temperature
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Moxibustion*
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes / therapy*
  • Pain Measurement