Effects of auricular stimulation in the cavum conchae on glucometabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Complement Ther Med. 2014 Oct;22(5):858-63. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.09.002. Epub 2014 Sep 16.


Objective: To investigate the effect of auricular stimulation in cavum conchae on the glycemic control for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Methods: Seventy-one cases were treated with auricular electrical stimulator in the cavum choncha for 30 min, once daily for consecutive 3 months. The changes on the fasting plasma glucose (FBG), 2-h postprandial blood glucose after a 75 g oral glucose load (P2BG), glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), serum creatinine (SCr), total cholesterol (TC) and aspartate transaminase (AST) were compared before and after the treatment.

Results: The level of the HbA1c was significantly decreased (P<0.05), and there were also statistically significant decreases in BUN, SCr, TC and AST after the treatment (P<0.05). A few patients (n=7) reduced the dose of the hypoglycemic agents in response to repeated hypoglycemia during the treatment.

Conclusion: The stimulation in the cavum conchae of patients with types 2 diabetes mellitus may help decrease HbA1c, BUN, SCr, TC and AST, and may be an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Keywords: Auricular therapy; Cavum conchae; Diabetes; FBG; HbA1c.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Auriculotherapy / methods*
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / therapy*
  • Ear, External / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Blood Glucose