By Xiao J; Liu X; Sun L; Ying S; Zhang Z; Li Q; Li H; Zhang Z; Jin B; Wang
Chen Tzu Yen Chiu Acupuncture Research, 1992, 17(2):126-8, 132.
Pub type: Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial.
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Abstract: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is referred to the category of Bi syndromes
in traditional Chinese medicine. It is regarded as an autoimmune disease,
but the pathogenic mechanism is still to be clarified. In order to observe
the effects of the treatment of RA with acupuncture and moxibustion on
IL-2, 41 patients were divided into warming needle and point injection
groups at random, and 19 healthy subjects as control group.
showed that the IL-2 levels in two RA groups before treatment were
obviously lower than that in control group (P 0.05). After treatment the
IL-2 level in control group was unchanged, but increased considerably in
two RA groups (P 0.01). Generally, IL-2 is considered as a very important
signal for regulating immune response.
Our results have shown that the
decrease of IL-2 in patients with RA should be one of main causes of
internal environment disorder, acupuncture and moxibustion as a stress
stimulation exerts an influence on the immunity system through
neuroendocrine system to improve the IL-2 production.