Influence of acupuncture and moxibustion on QOL of the elderly living in nursing home and care house

Matsumoto T, Terasawa S.

Department of Geriatric Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Meiji University of Oriental Medicine.

To clarify the influence of acupuncture therapy on the quality of life (QOL) of the elderly, the acupuncture and moxibustion were performed on 35 elderly subjects (8 men and 27 women) with a mean age 79.1 living in nursing homes and elderly care houses. The acu-points were chosen according to their symptoms. Changes in pain and other complaints, body condition, appetite, sleep, bowel movement and activity of daily living (ADL) were evaluated by questionnaires. A total of 38 symptoms were reported. A high rate of improvement was seen in pain and stiffness. For example, there was 86% improvement in low back pain, 84% in knee joint pain and 82% in shoulder stiffness. Concerning body conditions, decrease of fatigue, relaxed of feeling, improvement in appetite, sleep and bowel movement were observed. Furthermore, gait and ADL were also improved. These results suggested that acupuncture and moxibustion are useful to improve QOL in the elderly.

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