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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 123-128

Effect of flapping-meridians combined with thunder-fire moxibustion on upper limb dysfunction after stroke


1 Department of Nursing, The Second People's Hospital Affiliated to Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fuzhou, China
2 School of Nursing, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fuzhou, China

Correspondence Address:
Feng-Guang GUAN
Department of Nursing, The Second People's Hospital Affiliated to Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, No 282, Wusi Road, Fuzhou 350001
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jin.jin_6_20

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Objective: The objective of the study is to explore the effect of flapping-meridians combined with thunder-fire moxibustion in the treatment of upper limb dysfunction after stroke. Materials and Methods: This randomized, single-blind, controlled trial included 140 patients with stroke. According to the random number table, the patients were divided into four groups: the control group (receiving conventional nursing alone), the intervention group 1 (receiving conventional nursing combined with flapping-meridians), the intervention group 2 (receiving conventional nursing combined with thunder-fire moxibustion), and the intervention group 3 (receiving conventional nursing, flapping-meridians, and thunder-fire moxibustion). All four groups were intervened 4 weeks, 6 days a week. The outcome indicators (Fugl-Meyer Assessment of the upper extremity and body mass index of shoulder abduction, elbow extension, and wrist flexion) were assessed at the beginning and the end of treatment. Results: The effect of the intervention group 3 was better than that of the intervention group 2, intervention group 1, and control group (P < 0.05). Conclusion: The flapping-meridians combined with thunder-fire moxibustion can significantly improve the upper limb motor function and muscle strength of stroke patients with hemiplegia, and its effect is better than that of single treatment.


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