Effects of Thread Embedding Therapy on Complete Facial Palsy

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Acupunct. 2015;32(4):69-76
Dept. of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Je-Cheon Hospital of Traditional Korean Medicine, Semyung University
*Corresponding author: Dept. of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Je-Cheon Hospital of Traditional Korean Medicine, Semyung University, Semyung-ro, 65, Sinwoul-dong, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, 390-711, Republic of Korea, Tel: +82-43-649-1816, E-mail: wsrohmio@hanmail.net
Received 2015 November 13; Revised 2015 December 01; Accepted 2015 December 07.

Abstract

Objectives:

The aim of this study was to observe the effect of Embedding therapy on complete facial palsy after primary treatment

Methods:

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

Results:

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

Conclusions:

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

Fig. 1

Change of Yanagihara’s score

E-Tx: Embedding therapy

Fig. 2

Change of House-Brackmann scale

E-Tx: Embedding therapy

Distributions of patients

Distributions of facial palsy areas onset and number of Embedding therapy

Change of Yanagihara’s score

Change of House-Brackmann Scale

Acknowledgments

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

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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