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Revista Cubana de Pediatría

versión impresa ISSN 0034-7531versión On-line ISSN 1561-3119


INFANTE TAMAYO, Lesbia et al. Tuina massage in the treatment of functional dyspepsia in children. Rev Cubana Pediatr [online]. 2008, vol.80, n.1. ISSN 0034-7531.

INTRODUCTION. The Tuina massage is one of the oldest therapies used by the human being and it is considered an important component of the Chinese traditional medicine. The aim of this paper was to show the efficacy of the Tuina massage in the treatment of functional dyspepsia in children. METHODS. A controlled clinical trial was conducted among patients with functional dyspepsia that met the previously established inclusion criteria. The sample consisted of 100 patients divided into 2 groups: group A with patients that were applied massage, and group B that was made up of patients that received conventional treatment. The technique used was push and massage (tonification and dispersion). The stimulated zones were Ban Men, Zhong Wan (Vc12), ZusanLi (E36), San Guan, Liu Fu. The conventional treatment consisted in the administration of metoclopramide at doses of 0.1 mg/kg every 8 hours by intramuscular route. Once the emetic picture was controlled, the same drug was orally administered and with the same frequency. Both groups were evaluated at 12, 24, 48, 72 h of the initial treatment. RESULTS. The response to the conventional treatment was higher in the study group (48; 96 %) compared with the control group (46; 92 %), but the differences were not statistically significant. The complications found were extrapyramidal reactions and skin irritation, but the differences between the 2 groups were not marked either. The length of hospital stay of most of the patients was between 25 and 48 hours. CONCLUSIONS. It was concluded that the Tuina massage is as efficient as the conventional treatment for controlling functional dyspepsia in children.

Palabras clave : Dyspepsia; indigestion; traditional natural medicine; TNM; Asian traditional medicine; massage.

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