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Research Trends on the Thread Embedding Therapy of Obesity in Traditional Chinese Medicine

매선 비만의 중의 연구 최신 경향

  • Received : 2013.08.20
  • Accepted : 2013.09.11
  • Published : 2013.09.27

Abstract

Objectives : The purpose of this study is to review the thread embedding treatment studies of obesity in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Methods : We reviewed 59 studies on cat-gut-embedding treatment of obesity which were published from 2005 to 2012. The studies were searched using the data base-CAJ(China Academic Journals; 中國期刊全文數據庫)(2005~2012). Results : Selected 59 studies were divided into 27 case series and 32 control studies. The number of studies has increased since 2005, more rapidly in 2011~2012. Most case series reported were about effectiveness of thread embedding monotherapy treating obesity. Control studies reported were about effectiveness of thread embedding treatment compared with acupuncture, electroacupuncture, and medicine. Most studies on thread embedding treatment of obesity showed that its effectiveness was very good. Conclusions : There have been many reports of thread embedding treatment studies of obesity in Traditional Chinese Medicine. We believed that these studies could be applied to the clinical practice and basic research in Korea.

Keywords

obesity;thread embedding;implantation;Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Acknowledgement

Supported by : Pusan National University