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Table 2 Acupuncture protocol

From: Differences in the individual curative effect of acupuncture for obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome based on metagenomic analysis: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Acupoints Location Method
Set 1
 DU-20 (Baihui) On the head, 5cun directly above the midpoint of the anterior hairline 0.5–1.0cun subcutaneous insertion
 DU-24 (Shenting) On the head, 0.5cun directly above the midpoint of the anterior hairline 0.5–1.0cun subcutaneous insertion
 GB-13 (bilateral) (Benshen) On the head, 0.5cun within the front hairline, 3cun from Shenting (GV-24) 0.5–1.0cun subcutaneous insertion
 RN-12 (Zhongwan) On the anterior median line of the upper abdomen, 4cun below the navel 1.0–1.5cun perpendicularly insertion
 ST-25 (bilateral) (Tianshu) On the middle portion of the abdomen, 2cun lateral to the center of the navel 1.0–1.5cun perpendicularly insertion
 RN-4 (Guanyuan) On the anterior median line of the lower abdomen, 3cun below the navel 1.0–1.5cun perpendicularly insertion
 EX-CA-1 (bilateral) (Zigong) On the lower abdomen, 4cun below the navel, 3cun lateral to Zhongji (RN-3) 1.0–1.5cun perpendicularly insertion
 KI-12 (bilateral) (Dahe) On the lower abdomen, 4cun below the center of the navel, 0.5cun lateral to the anterior midline 1.0–1.5cun perpendicularly insertion
 SP-6 (bilateral) (Sanyinjiao) On the medial side of the shank, 3cun above the medial malleolus, by the posterior of the tibia 1.0–1.5cun perpendicularly insertion
 LR-3 (bilateral) (Taichong) On the dorsum of the foot, in the depression proximal to the first metatarsal space 1.0–1.5cun perpendicularly insertion
Set 2
 BL-23 (bilateral) (Shenshu) On the lower back, 1.5cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 2nd lumber vertebra 0.5–1.0cun perpendicularly insertion
 BL-32 (bilateral) (Ciliao) In the region of the sacrum, between the posterior superior iliac spine and the posterior median line, in the 2nd posterior sacral foramen 2.5–3.0cun oblique insertion to the 2nd posterior sacral foramen
 SP-6 (bilateral) (Sanyinjiao) On the medial side of the shank, 3cun above the medial malleolus, by the posterior of the tibia 1.0–1.5cun perpendicularly insertion
 KI-3 (bilateral) (Taixi) On the medial side of the foot, posterior to the medial malleolus, in the depression between the tip of the medial malleolus and the tendon calcaneus 0.5–1.0cun perpendicularly insertion
  1. Note: Two sets of acupoints will be used; each set will be used on alternate treatments