About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Acupuncture Benefits Bell's Palsy Patients

by Sheela Philomena on February 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Font : A-A+

 Acupuncture Benefits Bell's Palsy Patients

Acupuncture was found to improve the facial muscle recovery, reduced disability in patients with Bell's palsy, say researchers.

Bell palsy is sudden onset of facial paralysis that is usually temporary, resolving within weeks or months, although it can sometimes be permanent.

Advertisement

Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions and is gaining acceptance worldwide. De qi is a combination of sensations stimulated by manipulation of acupuncture needles - soreness, tingling, coolness, warmth and others radiating at the insertion points - but has not been validated by randomized controlled trials.

"There is a long-held belief in the traditional theory and clinical practice of acupuncture that the intensity of the stimulus must reach a threshold to elicit de qi, which plays a pivotal role in achieving the best therapeutic effects," wrote Dr. Wei Wang, Department of Neurology, Key Laboratory of Neurological Diseases of Chinese Ministry of Education, Wuhan, Hubei, China, with coauthors.
Advertisement

In a randomized controlled trial with 338 patients, Chinese researchers sought to understand the efficacy of acupuncture with weak stimulation or strong (de qi) stimulation.

The trial, conducted at 11 tertiary hospitals in China, involved 15 experienced acupuncturists who administered acupuncture to the de qi group (167 people), which received intense stimulation, and the control group (171 people), which received needles but no stimulation.

Patients' facial expressions, a marker of facial-nerve function, were rated on a 6-point scale and videotaped to ensure consistent findings across hospital sites.

Six months after randomization, facial-nerve function, disability and quality of life were better in patients in the de qi group than in the control group.

"We found evidence that acupuncture with de qi improved facial muscle recovery, disability and quality of life among patients with Bell palsy. Stronger intensity of de qi was associated with better therapeutic effects," the researchers said.

"De qi and its related techniques should be properly appreciated in acupuncture practice and research, and should be considered for inclusion in clinical guidelines for acupuncture," they concluded.

The trial results were published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn
Contraceptive Pills in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Curtail Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Mushroom May Help Cut Down the Odds of Developing Depression
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Acupuncture Quiz on Acupuncture Paralysis Facial Nerve Decompression 

Recommended Reading
Bell's Palsy
Bell''s palsy is facial nerve disorder that causes weakness of the muscles on one side of the face. ...
Acupuncture
Medindia explains in brief about acupuncture the traditional chinese method for treating various ......
Acupuncture and Progress In People With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Appear To Be Linked
Acupuncture seems to be linked with progress of dyspnoea (laboured breathing) on exertion, in ......
NHS Could Save Ģ100,000 a Year by Offering Acupuncture as Alternative to Knee Surgery for Osteoarthritis
A new study involving over 90 patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis has found acupuncture to ....
Paralysis
Paralysis is a condition where there is a loss of muscle function as well as sensory loss, which can...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use