Effectiveness of Abdominal Manipulation Therapy in Functional Dyspepsia Patients

기능성 소화불량증 환자에 대한 복부(腹部) 수기치료의 효과

  • Maeng, Tae-Ho (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Lee, Jong-Soo (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University)
  • 맹태호 (경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과학교실) ;
  • 이종수 (경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과학교실)
  • Received : 2015.09.19
  • Accepted : 2015.10.12
  • Published : 2015.10.31


Objectives Functional dyspepsia is a type of disease characterized by bothersome postprandial fullness, early satiation, epigastric pain and burning without structural gastrointestinal disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in symptoms, quality of life, HRV (Heart Rate Variability) before and after abdominal manipulation therapy in functional dyspepsia patients. Methods We recruited twenty functional dyspepsia patients from the volunteers who applied for this clinical trial. State of Patients were assessed by NDI-K (Nepean Dyspepsia Index Korean Version), HRV (Heart Rate Variability) before treatment. After 4 times of abdominal manipulation therapy for 2 weeks, state of patients were assessed by the same methods. Results Total symptom score and total quality of life score of NDI-K were significantly improved by the abdominal manipulation therapy. After the treatment, the number of subjects within normal range of LF/HF ratio was significantly increased. Although the median of LF/HF ratio did not significantly changed, interquartile range was reduced. Conclusions Abdominal manipulation therapy possibly can be an effective treatment for functional dyspepsia patients, but further studies are needed to demonstrate the effectiveness of abdominal manipulation therapy for functional dyspepsia patients.


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