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Clinical observation of herb-separated moxibustion combining western medication on allergic rhinitis of kidney-yang deficiency type and correlation with infrared thermal imagining
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Pages: 721-725
Year: Issue:  7
Journal: Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion

Keyword:  allergic rhinitis(AR)infrared thermal imagingsymptom evaluationherb-separated moxibustionrhinocort;
Abstract: Objective To observe the therapeutic effect of herb-separated moxibustion combined with budesonide nasal spray(rhinocort) on moderate to severe persistent allergic rhinitis(AR) of kidney-yang deficiency type, and to explore the correlation between nasal temperature and condition of allergic rhinitis. Methods A total of 70 patients with moderate to severe persistent AR were randomized into an observation group(35 cases) and a control group(35 cases, 3 cases dropped off). Both groups were treated with rhinocort, one spray on each side of the nostril(approximately 64 μg each spray), once in the morning and once in the evening, for 4 weeks. On the basis of the above treatment, the observation group was treated with herb-separated moxibustion at Shenshu(BL 23), Feishu(BL 13), Zhiyang(GV 9), Dazhui(GV 14), 3 moxibustions per acupoint, a single treatment lasting about 30 min. This treatment was given once every other day, 3 times every week, and totally continuous 4 weeks. The changes of AR symptom visual analogue scale(VAS) scores were observed before and after treatment and at 3 months follow-up after treatment. The heat variation(temperature, range) on projection areas of the nose, lungs, large intestine and kidneys of the two groups’ patients before and after treatment were detected by the infrared thermal imaging diagnostic system, and the correlation between the VAS scores and nasal temperature before and after treatment was analyzed. The clinical effects of both groups were evaluated according to the VAS score. Results The total effective rate in the observation group after treatment was 85.7%(30/35), which was higher than 71.9% in the control group(23/32, P<0.05). After treatment and at follow-up, the VAS scores of both groups were lower than those before treatment(P<0.05), and the VAS score of the observation group was lower than that of the control group at follow-up(P<0.05). After treatment, the nasal temperature, pulmonary range, large intestinal range and renal range of the observation group were all lower than those before treatment(P<0.05), the nasal temperature and nasal range of the control group were lower than before treatment(P<0.05), and the reduction of nasal temperature, nasal range and renal range in the observation group was greater than that of the control group(P<0.05). Before and after treatment, there was a correlation between VAS score and nasal temperature(P<0.05). Conclusion The herb-separated moxibustion combining western medication has a better effect and long-term effect than western medication alone for moderate to severe persistent AR, which can improve heat variation on projected areas of the nose, lung, large intestine and kidney of patients. In addition, nasal temperature can reflect the severity of the symptoms of patients with moderate to severe persistent AR, or it can be used as a secondary indicator to evaluate condition of AR.
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