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Lipid Profile Response to Electroacupuncture in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Patients with Hyperlipidemia

Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies 2021년 14권 1호 p.21 ~ 26
Taha Mona Mohamed, Abdelghany Abdelrhman Ismail, Draz Ramy Salama,
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 ( Taha Mona Mohamed ) - Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Department of Rehabilitation
 ( Abdelghany Abdelrhman Ismail ) - Badr University in Cairo Basic Science Department
 ( Draz Ramy Salama ) - Cairo University Faculty of Physical Therapy Department of Physical Therapy for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disorders

Abstract


Background: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is estimated to be one of the most common diseases affecting the liver because of its high prevalence worldwide. Abnormal lipid profile between NAFLD patients has been reported in several studies.

Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate the lipid profile response to electroacupuncture in NAFLD patients.

Methods: A total of 60 female patients with NAFLD were included in the study with ages ranged from (30-55) years old. They were divided equally into two groups, group A received electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation at points of; LR14, LR3, ST36, and GB34. And group B received sham acupuncture application in non-acupuncture points. The demographic data and lipid profile such as total cholesterol (TC), serum triglycerides (TG), serum high-density lipoprotein (HDL), serum low-density lipoprotein (LDL) were recorded before and after the study.

Results: The study results revealed a significant decrease (p < 0.05) of LDL, TC, TG after 6 weeks of non-interrupted treatment sessions in group A, However HDL showed no significant improvement (p > 0.05). A significant difference was found between posttreatment values of LDL, TC, and TG between both groups.

Conclusion: Electroacupuncture can be an effective, simple, and applicable method for the improvement of elevated lipid profiles in NAFLD patients.

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Electroacupuncture; Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; Lipid profile; Hyperlipidemia

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