The Effect of A-Shi Point Acupuncture on the Post-stroke Hand Edema

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Acupunct. 2014;31(3):1-6
Publication date (electronic) : 2014 September 20
doi : https://doi.org/10.13045/acupunct.2014037
1Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Dongsuwon Oriental Medical Hospital
2Department of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, Dongsuwon Oriental Medical Hospital
*Corresponding author : Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Dongsuwon Oriental Medical Hospital, 77, Gwongwang-ro 367beon-gil, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 442-816, Republic of Korea, Tel : +82-31-210-0144 E-mail : hongseok80@naver.com
Received 2014 August 05; Revised 2014 August 27; Accepted 2014 September 02.

Abstract

Objectives :

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of A-Shi point acupuncture on the post-stroke hand edema.

Methods :

The subjects in this study were 8 patiens with post-stroke hand edema. The patients were treated with acupuncture on A-Shi point in hand. We treated them once a day, 7 days. The effectiveness was assessed by hand volumeter and mesuring tape. And Wilcoxon signed rank test was performed to evaluate the effect.

Results :

A significant change was observed after 7 times acupuncture treatment. Both volume and circumference of hand were decreased after treatment.

Conclusions :

This study suggests that A-Shi point acupuncture is effective for reducing post- stroke hand edema, although further study would be necessary.

Fig. 1.

Example of A-shi point acupuncture on hand edema

Fig. 2.

Hand volumeter

Fig. 3.

Measurement of circumference of hand edema with mesuring tape

Change of Volume of Hand

Change of Circumference of Hand

General Characteristics

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Fig. 1.

Example of A-shi point acupuncture on hand edema

Fig. 2.

Hand volumeter

Fig. 3.

Measurement of circumference of hand edema with mesuring tape

Table 1.

Change of Volume of Hand

Before After p-value
Volume of hand 595.75±105.68 575.75±98.34 0.011

Table 2.

Change of Circumference of Hand

Before After p-value
Circumference of hand 44.11±2.96 43.61±2.65 0.011

Table 3.

General Characteristics

Total 8
Gender Male 5
Female 3
Age 69.25±12.57
Impression Infarction 5
Hemorrhage 3
Site Right 3
Left 5
Muscle grade 2.25±1.39
Onset of edema (day) 37.75±17.52
Symtom duration(day) 11.25±9.24