Deep acupuncture at local acupoints has a therapeutic effect on trigeminal neuralgia - GreenMedInfo Summary
[Therapeutic effect of deep acupuncture at local acupoints on trigeminal neuralgia].
Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2005 Aug;25(8):549-50. PMID: 16309053
OBJECTIVE: To search for an effective method for increasing therapeutic effect on trigeminal neuralgia. METHODS: Ninety cases of primary trigeminal neuralgia were randomly divided into a deep needling group and a routine needling group, 45 cases in each group. The routine needling group were treated by shallow acupuncture at local acupoints and distal acupoints along the Hand and Foot-Yangming Channels, and the deep needling group were treated by acupuncture at the above acupoints and deeply needling at the local acupoints to nerve stem for 3 courses. RESULTS: In the deep needling group 12 cases were clinically cured, 24 cases were markedly effective, 7 cases improved and 2 cases were ineffective, with a total effective rate of 95.6%; and in the routine needling group, the corresponding figures were 7, 15, 12, 11, 75.6%. The therapeutic effect in the deep needling group was better than that in the routine needling group (P<0.05). CONCLUSION: Deeply needling local acupoints plus acupuncture at distal acupoints along the Hand and Foot-Yangming Channels can increase significantly the therapeutic effect on trigeminal neuralgia.