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Published online February 22, 2021.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13045/jar.2020.00451   
Comparative Observational Study on the Effects of Intra-articular Hominis Placenta Pharmacopuncture and Acupoint Hominis Placenta Pharmacopuncture for Knee Osteoarthritis Patients
Yeo-bin Park1  , Chang Beohm Ahn1, Yun-Leong Park1  , Ji-Won Baek2  , Won-Ho Kong2  , Bo-Sung Kim2  , Bong-ho Lee2  , Sun-hee Jang3  , Choon-ho Song3  , Hyun-min Yoon3  , Cheol-hong Kim3 
1Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine, Samse Korean Medicine Hospital, Busan, Korea
2Samse Korean Medicine Hospital, Busan, Korea
3Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Dong-Eui University, Busan, Korea
*Corresponding author.
Yeo-bin Park
Email: rosecolor91@gmail.com
Received: November 26, 2020   Revised: January 18, 2021   Accepted: January 22, 2021
The aim of this case report was to observe the effects of intra-articular hominis placenta pharmacopuncture (HPP). Based on the medical records patients who received intra-articular treatment or received acupoint pharmacopuncture treatment, a comparison was made. There were 35 patients who were hospitalized for degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee joint from the 1st October 2019 to 26th September 2020. There were 14 patients who were treated with HPP in the intra-articular joint space (Group A), and 14 patients who were treated with HPP at specific acupoints (Group B). The outcome effects were measured using the Korean Western Ontario and Mc (KWOMAC) the visual analog scale (VAS) before the first treatment, and after the fifth treatment. The KWOMAC (p < 0.001) and the VAS scores (p < 0.001) in Groups A and B significantly improved after treatment compared with before treatment. When comparing Group A improvement with Group B improvement using the KWOMAC there was no statistically significant difference however, when using the VAS scores, Group A treatment was statistically more effective compared with Group B (p = 0.002). This study indicated that HPP may be an effective treatment for knee osteoarthritis. Moreover, intra-articular HPP may be more effective than acupoint HPP for knee osteoarthritis.
Keywords: acupuncture, knee osteoarthritis, Homnis placenta pharmacopuncure, intra-articular

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