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Jo and Roh: Effects of Thread Embedding Therapy on Complete Facial Palsy
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The aim of this study was to observe the effect of Embedding therapy on complete facial palsy after primary treatment


11 patients with complete facial palsy were treated with Embedding therapy It was performed once a day every two weeks 15~20 Embedding threads were used in each Embedding therapy treatment The total number of Embedding therapy treatments was 4 or 8 Frontalis muscles (including the Yangbaek (GB14)) Orbicularis oculi muscle Levator labii superiors muscle Zygomatic major muscle Zygomatic minor muscle (including the Georyo (ST3) and Jichang (ST4)) Masseter muscle Buccinator muscle (including the Hyeopgeo (ST6)) and Orbicularis Oris muscle were selected Yanagihara’s score and House-Brackmann scale were compared for before and after treatment to evaluate the effect of Embedding therapy


Yanagihara’s score increased significantly (p=0 003) House-Brackmann Scale decreased significantly (p=0 005) Three patients were extremely satisfied six patients were satisfied and two patients responded neutrally in regards to Embedding therapy


Embedding therapy can be effective in improving symptoms of complete facial palsy


This paper was supported by the Se-Myung University Research Grant of 2013

Fig. 1
Change of Yanagihara’s score
E-Tx: Embedding therapy
Fig. 2
Change of House-Brackmann scale
E-Tx: Embedding therapy
Table 1
Distributions of patients
Classification Number
Gender Male 1
Female 10
Age 21~30 1
31~40 1
41~50 6
51~60 2
more than 61 1
Table 2
Distributions of facial palsy areas onset and number of Embedding therapy
Classification Number
Area Left 7
Right 4
onset less than 1 year 6
1~3 years 2
more than 3 years 4
number of Embedding therapy 4 times 5
8 times 6
Table 3
Change of Yanagihara’s score
Before E-Tx After E-Tx Z P
Yanagihara’s score 3.09±0.83 9.27±2.53 –2.943 0.003*

Values are the mean±standard deviation

* p<0 01 by Wilcoxon signed rank test E-Tx: Embedding therapy

Table 4
Change of House-Brackmann Scale
Before E-Tx After E-Tx Z P
House-Brackmann Scale 5.36 ± 0.50 4.36 ± 0.50 −2.81 0.005*

Values are the mean±standard deviation

* p<0 01 by Wilcoxon signed rank test

E-Tx: Embedding therapy



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