A Survey on the Complications Associated with Acupotomy in a Single Korean Medicine Clinic

일개한의의료기관에서 시행한 침도치료 시술 후 이상반응에 대한 설문조사

  • Jung, Sehun (Academic Affairs Board, Korean Medical Society of Soft Tissue) ;
  • Woo, Jongwon (Academic Affairs Board, Korean Medical Society of Soft Tissue) ;
  • Chae, Hyocheong (Academic Affairs Board, Korean Medical Society of Soft Tissue) ;
  • Oh, Kichang (Academic Affairs Board, Korean Medical Society of Soft Tissue) ;
  • Choi, Soyoun (Academic Affairs Board, Korean Medical Society of Soft Tissue) ;
  • Lee, Joohyun (Academic Affairs Board, Korean Medical Society of Soft Tissue) ;
  • Kang, Kyungho (Academic Affairs Board, Korean Medical Society of Soft Tissue) ;
  • Chu, Hongmin (Wonkwang University Gwangju Korean Medicine Hospital) ;
  • Ryu, Myungseok (Academic Affairs Board, Korean Medical Society of Soft Tissue)
  • Received : 2020.09.29
  • Accepted : 2020.10.28
  • Published : 2020.12.27


Objectives : This study aimed to evaluate adverse outcome associated with acupotomy and compare it with that of acupuncture. Methods : We retrospectively analyzed the chart records of 71 patients who received acupotomy at Daemyung Korean medical clinic from January 7, 2020 to March 6, 2020. We divided the acupotomy treatment area into 10, including the head, hand, chest, knees, shoulders, low back, neck, upper extremities, thighs, and feet. Furthermore, we investigated the adverse effect of acupotomy on those areas after treatment. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and frequency analysis. Results : 'Bruise of specific region' accounted for the largest portion with 29 cases, followed by 24 cases of 'feeling tired and sleepy' and 17 cases of 'itch'. There were 16 cases of 'sustained pain' at the area of treatment, 11 cases of 'fatigue', 5 cases of 'swelling', 5 cases of 'dizziness', 4 cases of 'hematoma'. There were 3 cases of 'vertigo' and 2 cases of 'parathesia' and 'wide bruises', 'headache', 'gastric discomfort', 'bleeding', and 'skin rash' each. There was one case each that experienced 'unclear pronunciation', 'nausea', 'abnormal sweating', 'vomiting' and 'emotional/psychological reactions'. Conclusions : Adverse outcomes associated with acupotomy were mostly 'bruise of specific region', 'feeling tired and sleepy', 'itch', 'sustatained pain', and 'fatigue'. However, no adverse outcome or irreversible damage that have a serious effect on the body were observed.


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