Journal: Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2006 Sep;26(3): 163-4. [In process] Authors and affiliations: Yuemei L, Hongping L, Shulan F, Dongfang G. First Hospital Affiliated to Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou 510405, China. PMID: 17078435
Objective: To observe the therapeutic effects of electrical acupuncture and auricular-plaster therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Method: 64 CFS patients were randomly divided into two groups. 32 cases in the treatment group were treated by the electrical acupuncture and auricular-plaster therapy, and 32 cases in the control group with oral hydrocortisone.
Results: The total effective rates were respectively 93.75% in the treatment group and 75.00% in the control group, with a statistically significant difference between the two groups (P < 0.05).
Conclusion: Electrical acupuncture and auricular-plaster therapy may show a better anti-fatigue effect than that of routine Western drugs.