Main Article Content
This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of acupuncture and moxibustion in reducing back pain from lumbar disc herniation nerves pain. 79 volunteer patients were selected from Po District Health Promotion Hospital, Wiang Kaen District, Chiang Rai Province who had been diagnosed with symptoms of back pain from lumbar herniated disc. Pain levels felt by the volunteers were measured using a visual analogue scale (VAS). The patients were divided into two groups. There were 40 patients in the experimental group treated by moxibustion and 39 patients in the control group treated by acupuncture. Both groups selected SHENSHU point (BL23), DACHANGSHU point (BL25), ZHIBIAN point (BL54) and HUANTIAO point (GB30) for treatment. Treatment occurred once a week for 20 minutes, for a total of 8 times. The score was measured once the course of treatment had ended. The data were collected again in both groups. The results of the pain study showed that the control group had an average pain score of 2.38 ± 0.88 and the experimental group had an average pain score of 2.88 ± 0.91. The mean pain scores for both groups from before and after the treatment were then compared. The differences were statistically significantly (p < 0.05). The pain scores in both groups were not statistically different (p > 0.05). The results indicate that moxibustion is as effective as acupuncture in reducing back pain from lumbar disc herniation nerve pain. This may be an alternative to treating back pain.
2. Mhorprai. Know Before Healing With Chinese Medicine 2. Bangkok: Bizbook Business Publishing; 2011. 184 p.(in Thai)
3. Saiwadee S. 2nd National Symposium and Research Presentation: Creative and Development to advance to the ASEAN community; 18-19 Jun 2015; Nakhonratchasima College, Muang District, Nakhon Ratchasima. 33-42.(in Thai)
4. Xiong D. Observation on curative effect of nursing of lumbar disc herniation treated with acupuncture and moxibustion. Guiding Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy. 2014;20(1):82-3.
5. Zhu Y, Chen RL, Le JI, Miao FR. Efficacy observation of primary dysmenorrhea treated with isolated-herbal moxibustion on Shenque (CV8). Zhongguo Zhen jiu. 2010;30(6):435-5. PubMed PMID: 20578380.
6. Li H, Wen L, Liu HY. Acupuncture and moxibustion lumbar Hua Tuo JiaJi points for treatment lumbar disc herniation postoperative recurrence 45 cases clinical observation. Journal of Practical Traditional Chinese Internal Medicine. 2014;28(6):159-61.
7. Dai HL. Effect of moxibustion combined with acupoint massage on chronic lumbar disc herniation in rehabilitation. Liaoning Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2015;42(11):2181-3.
8. Ma LS. Observation on the Efficacy of moxibustion at Shenque and Guanyuan in treating postoperative abdominal distension of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion. Chinese Journal of Clinical Rational Drug Use. 2012;5(5):106.
9. Zhang GF, Yang Y, Li HN. Heat-sensitive moxibustion therapy and Chinese herbal medicine in treatment of wind-cold-damp type of lumber disc herniation. Chinese Journal of Experimental Traditional Medical Formulae. 2012;18(7):264-6.
10. Buranatawornsom T. Acupuncture and Moxibustion 1. Nonthaburi: Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine, Ministry of Public Health; 2015. 252 p.(in Thai)