By Wu B; Zhou RX; Zhou MS.
[Effect of acupuncture on interleukin-2 level and NK cell immunoactivity
of peripheral blood of malignant tumor patients]
Chung-Kuo Chung Hsi i Chieh Ho Tsa Chih, 1994 Sep, 14(9):537-9.
Pub type: Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial.
Abstract: This paper deals with the observation of acupuncture therapy
affecting interleukin-2(IL-2 level and natural killer (NK) cell
immunoactivity in the peripheral blood of patients with malignant tumors.
In this clinical-laboratory test research, randomized double blind method
was used. The patients were divided into an acupuncture treated group (n =
25) and a control group (n = 20). The former group was treated using
points, ST36, LI11, RN6 and locations of symptomatic points bilaterally. They
received one treatment of 30 minutes daily for 10 days.
The results showed
that the IL-2 level and NK cell activity were lower than normal in patients
with malignant tumor, but there was an increase in the acupuncture group
after 10 days of treatment. Significance was found to be remarkable (P <
0.01). The difference between the two groups was also significant (P <
0.01). This increase might be related to the mechanism of acupuncture of
adjusting the body's immune function. Thus, acupuncture therapy could
enhance the cellular immune function of patients with malignant tumors and
providing a beneficial effect in anti-cancer treatment.