Moxibustion Therapy for the Pain Relief in Patient with Type I CRPS: a Case Report

뜸치료의 제 1형 복합부위통증증후군 환자에 대한 통증완화 효과: 증례 보고

  • Cho, Hyun-Woo (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, Pu-San National University Korean Medicine Hospital) ;
  • Shin, Byung-Cheul (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, Pu-San National University Korean Medicine Hospital) ;
  • Shin, Mi-Suk (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, Pu-San National University Korean Medicine Hospital) ;
  • Hwang, Eui-Hyoung (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, Pu-San National University Korean Medicine Hospital) ;
  • Sul, Jae-Uk (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, Pu-San National University Korean Medicine Hospital)
  • 조현우 (부산대학교 한방병원 한방재활의학과) ;
  • 신병철 (부산대학교 한방병원 한방재활의학과) ;
  • 신미숙 (부산대학교 한방병원 한방재활의학과) ;
  • 황의형 (부산대학교 한방병원 한방재활의학과) ;
  • 설재욱 (부산대학교 한방병원 한방재활의학과)
  • Received : 2011.06.15
  • Accepted : 2011.07.01
  • Published : 2011.07.30


Objectives : The aim of this study was to observe the pain relief effect of moxibustion therapy in a patient with complex regional pain syndrome(CRPS). Methods : A male with type I CRPS, 48-year-old, who suffered from severe pain and paresthesia on his legs despite of treatments of oral medications and spinal cord stimulation was treated by indirect moxibustion following Korean medicine dianosis. Total 20 moxibustion treatments(once daily, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks) were given on the 4 acupoints(both side) where known to be effective fro the CRPS. Visual analogue scale(VAS), digital infrared thermal imaging(DITI), Beck depression index(BDI) were evaluated before and after the treatments. Pain relief, thermal changes on affected legs, and improvement of depression scale were observed after the treatments. Results : As for DITI, right thigh showed low temperature compared with left on before the treatments. While after the treatments, DITI showed similar temperature in both legs at discharge day. Conclusions : Though it is a case report, moxibustion therapy might have pain relief effect. Further rigorous case series and controlled trials are warranted.


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