October 2, 2022

Influence of acupuncture point application on the clinical use of antibiotics: a real-world study of 1.23 million primary clinic patients

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Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2022 Mar 12;42(3):241-9. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.20210907-0002.


OBJECTIVE: To observe the influence of acupuncture point application on antibiotic use in primary clinical practice, and to explore the effect of acupuncture point application and its influence on antibiotic use based on common illnesses in the primary clinic (fever, cough, diarrhea, sore throat). ).

METHODS: With the help of Internet-based electronic diagnosis and treatment platform (the main appropriate TCM technology promoted by this platform is acupuncture point application therapy), the diagnosis data and of treatment of 1.23 million patients in 2,000 primary clinics from August 24, 2020 to March 31, 2021 were collected. The patients were divided into application group (acupoint application treatment) and non-application group (application treatment without acupoint), and the proportion of antibiotic use in the two groups was compared. The propensity score was used to match age, sex, co-occurring symptoms, diagnosed illnesses and other treatment confounders, and the rate of resolution of symptoms (fever, cough, diarrhea, throat) and the time to first disappearance of symptoms were compared between the two groups.

RESULTS: A total of 1,230,923 patients were analyzed, including 1,048,382 cases in the application group, or 85.2%; 182,541 cases in the non-compliance group, or 14.8%. Most of the patients who used the acupoint application treatment were between the ages of 0 and 2, followed by 3 to 6 years, and the patients over the age of 15 who did not use the acupoint application treatment acupuncture points were the most numerous. The proportion of antibiotic use in the application group was 2.4%, lower than that of the non-application group (44.2%, PPPP

CONCLUSION: The application of Acupoint has some influence on the use of antibiotics in patients in the primary clinic. In the treatment of common diseases, patients treated with the application of acupuncture points have a better healing effect and a lower proportion of antibiotic use.

PMID:35272398 | DO I:10.13703/j.0255-2930.20210907-0002