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Acupuncture and Spontaneous Regression of a Radiculopathic Cervical Herniated Disc

  • Kim, Sung-Ha (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Park, Man-Young (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Lee, Sang-Mi (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Jung, Ho-Hyun (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Kim, Jae-Kyoun (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Lee, Jong-Deok (Department of Radiology, Wonkwang University College of Oriental Medicine) ;
  • Kim, Dong-Woung (Department of Internal Medicine, Wonkwang University College of Oriental Medicine) ;
  • Yeom, Seung-Ryong (Department of Rehabilitaion, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Lim, Jin-Young (Department of Oriental Medicine, Wonkwang University College of Oriental Medicine) ;
  • Park, Min-Jung (Department of Rehabilitaion, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Park, Se-Woon (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Wonkwang Sanbon Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Kim, Sung-Chul (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital)
  • Received : 2012.02.29
  • Accepted : 2012.06.08
  • Published : 2012.06.30

Abstract

The spontaneous regression of herniated cervical discs is not a well-established phenomenon. However, we encountered a case of a spontaneous regression of a severe radiculopathic herniated cervical disc that was treated with acupuncture, pharmacopuncture, and herb medicine. The symptoms were improved within 12 months of treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) conducted at that time revealed marked regression of the herniated disc. This case provides an additional example of spontaneous regression of a herniated cervical disc documented by MRI following non-surgical treatment.

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