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The effect of Shenhuangsan powder applied to umbilicus for the treatment of the postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of applying Shenhuangsan powder to umbilicus in the treatment of postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction.

Method: 136 patients with postoperative gastrointestinal tumors who received treatment from department of general surgery of our hospital from June 2014 to June 2016. Inclusion criteria were randomly and double blindly divided into treatment group (Shenghuangsan powder was applied to umbilicus) and control group (placebo was applied to umbilicus). The differences were evaluated between the two groups on postoperative recovery, TCM symptom score and serum motilin.

Result: The final indexed including postoperative exhaust and defecation time, feed recovery time of treatment group were all earlier than those of control group, and the differences are of statistical significance (p<0.05); the total effective rate of TCM syndrome curative effect of treatment group is 87.6%, compared with 65.7% of control group, and the difference is of statistical significance (p<0.01).

Conclusion: Applying Shenghuangsan powder to umbilicus is a kind of safe and effective treatment which can promote the recovery of postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction and improve the degree of comfort for patients.

Author(s): Yonghe Wang, Naibing Feng, Yingxin Ye, Jing Shan, Xiongying Zhang