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The Effect of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation of Sympathetic Ganglions and Acupuncture Points on Distal Blood Flow

  • Kamali, Fahimeh;Mirkhani, Hossein;Nematollahi, Ahmadreza;Heidari, Saeed;Moosavi, Elahesadat;Mohamadi, Marzieh
    • Journal of Acupuncture & Meridian Studies
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    • v.10 no.2
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    • pp.120-124
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    • 2017
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a widely-practiced method to increase blood flow in clinical practice. The best location for stimulation to achieve optimal blood flow has not yet been determined. We compared the effect of TENS application at sympathetic ganglions and acupuncture points on blood flow in the foot of healthy individuals. Seventy-five healthy individuals were randomly assigned to three groups. The first group received cutaneous electrical stimulation at the thoracolumbar sympathetic ganglions. The second group received stimulation at acupuncture points. The third group received stimulation in the mid-calf area as a control group. Blood flow was recorded at time zero as baseline and every 3 minutes after baseline during stimulation, with a laser Doppler flow-meter. Individuals who received sympathetic ganglion stimulation showed significantly greater blood flow than those receiving acupuncture point stimulation or those in the control group (p < 0.001). Data analysis revealed that blood flow at different times during stimulation increased significantly from time zero in each group. Therefore, the application of lowfrequency TENS at the thoracolumbar sympathetic ganglions was more effective in increasing peripheral blood circulation than stimulation at acupuncture points.

Meralgia Paresthetica Treated with Acupuncture Plus Myofascial Release Technique: Case Report (대퇴신경지각이상증 환자에 대한 침치료 및 근막이완요법 병용 치험 1례)

  • Lee, Eun Ji;Kim, Shin Ae;Kwon, Min Gu;Kim, Sung Tae;Shin, Hyun Gwon;Cho, Hyun Jung;Yang, Tae Jun;Kim, Seon Wook;Jeong, Joo Yong;Chiang, Suo Yue
    • Korean Journal of Acupuncture
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    • v.33 no.2
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    • pp.89-93
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    • 2016
  • Objectives : The purpose of this case is to report the improvement after treatment about a patient with meralgia paresthetica. Methods : We treated the patient with acupucture therapy, cupping therapy, electroacupuncture therapy, percutaneous radiofrequency thermoablation and myofascial release technique by Turbo SASO from $26^{th}$ June 2015 to $3^{rd}$ July 2015 by evaluating femoral function with VAS score. Results : After 5 times of treatment, this patient achieved excellent outcome following the technique, showing that clinical symptom as able to walked and pain was disappeared, VAS changed from 10 to 3 and the result of patrick test came out negative. Conclusions : The various symptoms appear in the Meralgia paresthetica such as numbness, paresthesia, and pain in the anterolateral thigh, which may result from either an entrapment neuropathy or a neuroma of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve(LFCN). Oriental medical treatment for meralgia paresthetica resulted in satisfactory results by diminishing the symptoms progressively during the five days of treatment. Differential diagnosis was based on careful physical examination. More research of meralgia paresthetica is needed.