J Tradit Chin Med. 1993 Sep; 13(3): 174-8.
Effect of acupuncture and point-injection treatment on immunologic function in rheumatoid arthritis.
General Hospital of PLA, Beijing.
The results of treatment of 54 cases of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by warm needling (WN) and point-injection (PI) with Zhuifengsu are reported. Good clinical results were observed with an effective rate of 100%. At the same time, changes in cellular and humoral immunity and other parameters in peripheral blood were noted before and after treatment. The NK activity and IL-2 value in RA patients were found to be lower than those of normal individuals; both increased after treatment (P < 0.01). This suggests that the WN and PI with Zhuifengsu exert a regulatory effect on the cellular immunological function.