A Comparative Study of Motor Recovery from Stroke between High and Low Frequency Electrical Acupoint Stimulation

뇌경색 환자의 운동장애에 대한 주파수별 전침치료효과의 비교

  • Kim, Young-Suk (Department of Cardiovascular & Neurologic Diseases (Stroke Center), College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Jung, Woo-Sang (Department of Cardiovascular & Neurologic Diseases (Stroke Center), College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Na, Byung-Jo (Department of Cardiovascular & Neurologic Diseases (Stroke Center), College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Park, Seong-Uk (Department of Cardiovascular & Neurologic Diseases (Stroke Center), College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Moon, Sang-Kwan (Department of Cardiovascular & Neurologic Diseases (Stroke Center), College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Park, Jung-Mi (Department of Cardiovascular & Neurologic Diseases (Stroke Center), College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Ko, Chang-Nam (Department of Cardiovascular & Neurologic Diseases (Stroke Center), College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Cho, Ki-Ho (Department of Cardiovascular & Neurologic Diseases (Stroke Center), College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Bae, Hyung-Sup (Department of Cardiovascular & Neurologic Diseases (Stroke Center), College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Hong, Jin-Woo (Department of Cardiovascular & Neurologic Diseases (Stroke Center), College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University)
  • 김영석 (경희대학교 한의과대학 심계내과학교실) ;
  • 정우상 (경희대학교 한의과대학 심계내과학교실) ;
  • 나병조 (경희대학교 한의과대학 심계내과학교실) ;
  • 박성욱 (경희대학교 한의과대학 심계내과학교실) ;
  • 문상관 (경희대학교 한의과대학 심계내과학교실) ;
  • 박정미 (경희대학교 한의과대학 심계내과학교실) ;
  • 고창남 (경희대학교 한의과대학 심계내과학교실) ;
  • 조기호 (경희대학교 한의과대학 심계내과학교실) ;
  • 배형섭 (경희대학교 한의과대학 심계내과학교실) ;
  • 홍진우 (경희대학교 한의과대학 심계내과학교실)
  • Published : 2007.09.30

Abstract

Objectives : Electrical acupoint stimulation (EAS) has been used to treat motor dysfunction of stroke patients with reportedly effective results. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of EAS with different frequencies in treating motor dysfunction of ischemic stroke patients. Methods : The subjects of this study were sixty-two ischemic stroke patients with motor dysfunction at Kyunghee Oriental Medicine Hospital who were hospitalized for one week to one month from onset. They were treated with 2Hz or 120Hz EAS for two weeks, and motor evoked potentials (MEP) were measured before and after EAS treatment. To compare the effect of 2Hz EAS with 120Hz, we measured latency, central motor conduction time (CMCT) and amplitude of MEP before and after EAS treatment. Results : After two weeks of treatment, we compared MEP data of the affected side between the 2Hz group and the 120Hz group. The 2Hz group showed more significant improvement than the 120Hz group in latency, CMCT and amplitude (P=0.008, 0.002, 0.002). In case of the affected side MEP data divided by normal side MEP data, the 2Hz group also showed improvement on latency, CMCT and amplitude with significant differences (P=0.003, 0.000, 0.008). Conclusions : These results suggest that low frequency EAS activates the central motor conduction system better than high frequency EAS, and it means that EAS with low frequency is more helpful for motor recovery after ischemic stroke than that with high frequency.