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Lee and Cho: A Philological Study on the Pathology, Acupuncture and Moxibustion of Alopecia
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Abstract

Objectives:

The purpose of this study is to analyze literature on oriental medicine to investigate the pathology, acupuncture, and moxibustion therapy applicable to alopecia

Methods:

We searched for the causes of alopecia in the bibliographic data from 41 sources of literature and the acupunctural treatments for alopecia in the bibliographic data from 49 sources of Chinese and Korean literature and from the journals of the acupunctural treatments for alopecia which have been published since 2000.

Results:

  1. The main causes of alopecia are blood deficiency, blood heat, static blood, depletion of kidney’s water, wind excess, seven emotional damage, dietary damage, etc.

  2. The acupuncture points frequently used are GV20, GB20, ST36, SP6, SP10, BL17, BL18, BL23, GV23, GV14, CV6, ST8, KI3, LR3, HT7, LI11, EX-HN1, and ouch point.

  3. New acupuncture therapies, including herbal acupuncture therapy, ear acupuncture therapy, dermal needle therapy, needle-embedding therapy and scalp acupuncture therapy are frequently used to treat alopecia.

Conclusions:

The acupuncture points frequently used for treating alopecia have characteristics such as tonifying blood, tonifying the liver and kidney, extinguishing wind, activating blood, clearing heat and draining dampness, so they are highly associated with the causes and the mechanisms of alopecia.

Table 1.
Clinical Researches
Lead author Title Year
Jeon WJ87) The clinical observation on 1 case of alopecia areata with headache 2001
Yun JH88) One case treated alopecia areata with herbal acupuncture 2001
Hwang JS89) The clinical observation on 1 case of alopecia areata following whiplash injury 2004
Lee SW90) A case study of beevenom effect on alopecia universalis started from alopecia areata 2008
Lee IJ91) The case study of Korean medicine on patients with alopecia areata accompanied by atrophodermia 2009
Ju BH92) A case report on child with different types of alopecia 2013
Lee TH93) Oriental medicine therapy in the treatment of men with androgenetic alopecia 2006
Lee JH94) Restrospective study about the causes and the effects of Korean medicine treatment on alopecia 2013
Table 2.
Experimental researches
Lead author Title Year
Kim H95) Experimental studies on the expression of hair growth related factors after acupuncture & moxibustion therapy 2011
Kim HI96) Experimental study on the expression of hair growth related factors after bee venom acupuncture therapy 2011
Lee SY97) Hair growth effects of cervi cornu pantotrichum pharmacopuncture solution on the c57bl/6 mice 2013
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Appendices

Appendix 1.

The Nature of Frequently Used Acupoints
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Appendix 2.

The Nature of Frequently Used Ear-acupoints
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