1. Effects of the intelligent-turtle massage on the physical symptoms and immune functions in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Wang JH, Chai TQ, Lin GH, Luo L.




The First Hospital Affiliated to Guangzhou TCM University, Guangzhou 510405, China.



To evaluate the effects of the intelligent-turtle massage on the physical symptoms and immune functions in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).


182 cases of CFS were randomly divided into an experimental group of 91 cases treated by the intelligent-turtle massage, and a control group of 91 cases treated with the conventional massage method. After 2 courses of treatment, the therapeutic effects were statistically analyzed with the accumulated score for the improved clinical symptoms; and the changes of IgA, IgM and IgG were compared in 96 cases.


There was a significant difference between the two groups in the accumulated scores for improvement of the symptoms (P<0.05). A remarkable difference was found in the therapeutic effect. And there was a significant difference in the IgA, IgM and IgG levels between the two groups (P<0.05).


The intelligent-turtle massage is an effective therapy for relieving the physical symptoms of CFS, and it may show certain effects on the immune functions.



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2. Observation on therapeutic effect of point pressure combined with massage on chronic fatigue syndrome

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2007 Nov;27(11):819-20.

[Article in Chinese]

Yao F, Ji Q, Zhao Y, Feng JL.




College of Acupuncture and Massage, Shanghai University of TCM, Shanghai 201203, China. yaofei@tuina.com.cn



To search for an effective therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).


Eighty-five cases of CFS were treated with massage and pressing of Back-shu points, combined with pressing acupoints on the head. The therapeutic effect was observed.


After treatment of 3 courses, 26 cases were markedly effective, 52 cases were effective, and 7 cases were ineffective, with a total effective rate of 91.8% and a markedly effective rate of 30.6%.


Pressing acupoints and massage can effectively improve clinical symptoms of the patient with chronic fatigue syndrome.

PMID: 18085145

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