Thunder-Fire Moxibustion Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on Shenque Acupoint: a Randomized Controlled Trial


Chronic fatigue syndrome is a group of syndrome and is prevalent in adult. Thunder-fire moxibustion is a commentary therapy belonged to acupuncture therapy. To evaluate the effect and safety of thunder-fire moxibustion therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome, we apply a randomized controlled trial by recruiting chronic fatigue syndrome patient as subject, applying thunder-fire moxibustion on shenque acupoint contrasted to common moxa-stick moxibustion, taking fatigue rating scale score, the content of CD3+、CD4+、CD8+、CD4+/CD8+ as evaluation indexes. The treatment time is 20-30 minutes per session, 3-4 times a week, there are totally 15 sessions.

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Treatment
    • Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: February 2017


  • Other: thunder-fire moxibustion therapy
    • burn moxa stick and heat shenque acupoint
  • Other: common moxa-stick moxibustion
    • burn moxa stick and heat shenque acupoint

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: TFM
    • thunder-fire moxibustion therapy
  • Active Comparator: MSM
    • common moxa-stick moxibustion therapy

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • fatigue rating scale score
    • Time Frame: 5 minutes

Secondary Measures

  • content of peripheral t-lymphocyte subsets
    • Time Frame: 3 minutes

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • 1.Clinical diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, 2.Age between 18 to 65 years old. 3.Must be able to accept moxibustion treatment 4.Never receive any treatment or has suspended treatment over 2 weeks 5.Patients with good adherence, signed informed consent by themselves Exclusion Criteria:

  • 1.Other primary disease caused by chronic fatigue 2.Pregnancy or breast-feeding women. 3.Merge in other serious diseases, such as severe damage in heart, liver, kidney ,lung or mental illness 4.Has took durg for insomnia treatment 5.Has received acupuncture,massage for chronic fatigue syndrome treatment 6.Suffered from infectious disease

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: 65 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Haili Luo, Director – Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Haili Luo, Principal Investigator, Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Overall Contact(s)
    • Haili Luo, 13825017002,


Tian L, Wang J, Luo C, Sun R, Zhang X, Yuan B, Du XZ. [Moxibustion at Gaohuang (BL 43) for chronic fatigue syndrome: a randomized controlled trial]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2015 Nov;35(11):1127-30. Chinese.

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