[Effect of Tuina on oxygen free radicals metabolism in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome].

Author: Liu CZ, Lei B.
College of Aesthetic Medicine, Yichun University, Jiangxi Province, China. liuchangzheng1980@yahoo.com.cn
Conference/Journal: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu.
Date published: 2010 Nov
Other: Volume ID: 30 , Issue ID: 11 , Pages: 946-8 , Special Notes: [Article in Chinese] , Word Count: 208

OBJECTIVE: To explore the mechanism of Tuina for treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.

METHODS: A total of 90 patients were randomly divided into a Tuina group, a Taijiquan (take exercise) group and a Fluoxetine group, 30 cases in each group. They were treated with Tuina, Taijiquan and Fluoxetine, respectively. After a month, the therapeutic effects and the changes of malondialdehyde (MDA) content and the activity of serum superoxide dismutases (SOD) and serum glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) were ohserved.

RESULTS: The total effective rate of 93.3% (28/30) in the Tuina group was better than 80.0% (24/30) in the Taijiquan group and 73.3% (22/30) in the Fluoxetine group (both P < 0.05). After treatment, MDA contents in the three groups were all decreased (P < 0.01, P < 0.05), and the activity of SOD. GSH-Px in both the Tuina group and the Fluoxetine group were increased (P < 0.01, P < 0.05), and especially in the Tuina group with a significant difference as compared with the other two groups (P < 0.05, P < 0.01).

CONCLUSION: The therapeutic effect of the Tuina group is superior to that of the Taijiquan group and the Fluoxetine group. Tuina can regulate oxygen free radicals metabolism and clean superfluous oxygen free radicals to alleviate fatigue, which may be one of the mechanisms of Tuina in treating chronic fatigue syndrome.

PMID: 21246855