Case Series Study on the Use of BU Pharmacopuncture Treatment in Patients with Acute Lumbar Sprain

  • Yang, Muhack (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Wonkwang University Gwangju Korean Medicine Hospital) ;
  • Jang, Jongwon (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Wonkwang University Gwangju Korean Medicine Hospital) ;
  • Cha, Eunhye (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Wonkwang University Gwangju Korean Medicine Hospital) ;
  • Ahn, Byungsoo (Anjung Korean Medicine Clinic) ;
  • Bang, Younghee (Sol Korean Medicine Clinic) ;
  • Song, Beomyong (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Woosuk University Korean Medicine Hospital) ;
  • Shin, Jiyong (Doil Korean Medicine Clinic) ;
  • Ahn, Chankeun (Yeongdeung Korean Medicine Hospital) ;
  • Kim, Deokho (Department of Korean Medicine, Graduate School of Wonkwang University) ;
  • Kim, Sungchul (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Wonkwang University Gwangju Korean Medicine Hospital)
  • Received : 2017.12.23
  • Accepted : 2018.05.06
  • Published : 2018.06.30


Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical effects of BU pharmacopuncture therapy consisting of bear's gall(fel ursi) and ox bezoar(bovis calculus) on acute lumbar sprain. Methods: 12 patients diagnosed as acute lumbar sprain in 6 designated local Korean medicine clinics from October 2017 to February 2018 were treated by BU pharmacopuncture. Several acupoints in abdomen and lumbar region were selected by clinicians at their own discretion. The effectiveness of the therapy was evaluated using VAS and ODI. After that we reviewed the medical records of all these patients to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the therapy. Results: The VAS and ODI scales were significantly decreased after BU pharmacopuncture therapy. And no major complications and adverse effects were reported. Conclusion: BU pharmacopuncture showed rapid pain relief in patients with acute lumbar sprain. It is possible to shorten the treatment period of acute lumbar sprain and prevent progressing to chronic back pain in advance. To establish the effects of BU pharmacopuncture therapy, more succeeding clinical and laboratory studies are needed.


Supported by : National Development Institute of Korean Medicine (NIKOM)


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