A Clinical Case Study on the Effects of Acupuncture Therapy and Ecklonia Cava Extract on Sleep Disturbances in ALS Patients

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J Korean Acupunct Moxib Soc. 2013;30(5):247-252
Publication date (electronic) : 2013 December 20
doi : https://doi.org/10.13045/acupunct.2013064
1Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital
2WUGOH ALS Center of Wonkwang University

This work was supported by R & D(B110076) of Korea Institute, Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2013

*Corresponding author : Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital of Wonkwang University, 543-8, Juweol 1-dong, Nam-gu, Gwangju, 503-310, Republic of Korea, Tel : +82-62-670-6441, Email : kscndl@hanmail.net
Received 2013 November 11; Revised 2013 November 29; Accepted 2013 December 02.

Abstract

Objectives:

The purpose of this study was to observe the clinical effects of acupuncture therapy and Ecklonia cava extract on sleep disturbance in ALS patients.

Methods:

In this study one patient received acupuncture therapy and took Ecklonia cava extract. The effects of the combined administration of these treatments were evaluated using Numeric Rating Scale and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index.

Results:

The NRS score for sleep disturbance decreased from 10 to 1 and the PSQI score decreased from between 12∼13 to 8. After treatment, the patient stopped taking sleeping pills and antidepressant.

Conclusions:

Combined administration of acupuncture therapy and Ecklonia cava extract could be effective in improving sleep disturbances in ALS patient.

Fig. 1.

The change of sleeping time and numeric rating scale (NRS) after treatments

Fig. 2.

The scores of pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI) after treatments

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Fig. 1.

The change of sleeping time and numeric rating scale (NRS) after treatments

Fig. 2.

The scores of pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI) after treatments