Efficacy and Safety of Moxibustion for Menopausal Obesity: A Multicentre, Randomized, Controlled Trial Protocol

Benlu Yu, Wei Huang, Yingrong Zhang, Jiajie Wang, Chen Xia, YanJi Zhang, Hongjie Xia, Yaxin Hu, Yingyue Rao, Zhongyu Zhou, Chan-Yen Kuo
2022 Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine  
Background. In the past, moxibustion has been widely used to treat endocrine system disorders, but evidence of its effectiveness is scarce at this point. The aim of this multicenter, randomized, controlled trial is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of treating menopausal obesity with moxibustion. Methods/Design. There are six centers taking part in this randomized, controlled, parallel trial. A total of 216 patients with menopausal obesity will be randomly divided into two equal groups: the
more » ... oxibustion for harmonization of Yin and Yang" group and the gentle moxibustion group. A 12-week study period with moxibustion will be preceded by a 1-week baseline, followed by a 12-week follow-up. We will conduct an interim analysis to determine whether or not the treatment is efficacious and safe after 216 participants have completed a 12-week treatment period. Evaluations will be conducted at weeks 0, 4, 8, 12, 18, and 24. The main outcome is waist circumference (WC), and the rate of WC reduction will be compared to the baseline. An intention-to-treat analysis will be performed with a two-sided P value of <0.05 considered significant. Participants who withdraw from the trial will be analyzed according to the intention-to-treat formula (ITT). Discussion. These results will be used to support selecting the right moxibustion prescription and guiding the improvement of clinical efficacy. This trial will provide convincing evidence of moxibustion's effectiveness and safety in the treatment of obesity by "moxibustion for harmonization of Yin and Yang," which will be conducive to the promotion and clinical application of the theory of "moxibustion for harmonization of Yin and Yang." Trial Registration. This trial is registered with Clinical Trials.gov: NCT04943705 (registered on June 27, 2021).
doi:10.1155/2022/9255017 pmid:35966744 pmcid:PMC9371829 fatcat:iq2twkxw2rb7ba2m3nupxivvca