Acupuncture and moxibustion combined with western medication for ninety cases of Bell's palsy at different stages: a randomized controlled trial

Publication date: Available online 15 November 2019Source: World Journal of Acupuncture - MoxibustionAuthor(s): Hui-fang MAO, Wei HUANG, De-guang DING, Min YAO, Ting ZHANG, Bei XIAOABSTRACTObjectiveTo observe the differences in the clinical effect on Bell's palsy at the acute stage and the recover stage, as well as the differences in the clinical effect between the simple acupuncture-moxibustion therapy and the combined therapy of acupuncture-moxibustion and western medication, explore the optimal intervention time point and therapeutic regimen.MethodsAll of the patients were collected from the outpatients and the inpatients in the Specific Department of Acupuncture for Facial Paralysis in Hubei Chinese Medicine Hospital. A total of 128 patients with Bell's palsy were collected from February 2017 through to February 2018 and 90 patients of them were in compliance with the inclusion criteria. 90 cases were randomized into three groups, named group A (acupuncture and moxibustion at the acute stage), group B (acupuncture and moxibustion combined with western medication at the acute stage) and group C (acupuncture and moxibustion combined with western medication at the recovery stage), 30 cases in each one. In the group A, acupuncture and moxibustion were adopted at the acute stage of Bell's palsy. In the group B, at the acute stage, acupuncture and moxibustion were adopted in combination with the oral medication of hormone and vitamin. In the group C, at the recovery stage, acup...
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

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Authors: Xiao X, Zheng Q, Shi Y, Zhang L, Zhao L, Zhou S, Zhang W, Cao W, Liu Y, Li Y Abstract Background: Acupuncture has been found to be effective for treating Bell's palsy (BP). However, which class of BP patients will have a better response to acupuncture remains uncertain and requires investigation. Methods: We performed a secondary analysis of a multicenter, randomized, controlled trial. BP patients were randomly divided into five acupuncture treatment groups. The degree of facial nerve recovery was assessed according to the House-Brackmann grading system (HB grade). Grade I was defined as complete recov...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: LAT significantly improved the sequelae of long-term facial paralysis in this patient. Large-scale prospective studies are needed to confirm this observation. PMID: 31126572 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
Background: Bell's palsy or idiopathic facial paralysis is an acute facial paralysis caused by the inflammation of facial nerve. Several previous studies showed that acupuncture was beneficial in the treatment of facial paralysis. However, its effectiveness is still controversial compared with drug therapy. Therefore, this systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to assess the efficacy of acupuncture for Bell's palsy. Methods: This is a systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical studies among patients with Bell's palsy. We did a systematic literature search in PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Register of...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 25 April 2019Source: EXPLOREAuthor(s): Alisha Bruton, Leslie FullerAbstractA 60-year-old man presented to the ER with lancinating right-sided facial pain following a URI. He was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, yet returned several days later with right-sided facial paralysis. He was then also diagnosed with Bell's palsy and treated with corticosteroids and antiviral medication. He continued to experience facial pain and paralysis, and sought out integrative medical care including acupuncture, nutritional supplements, diet and lifestyle changes, and parenteral therapy with intravenous...
Source: EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 1 April 2019Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian StudiesAuthor(s): Canan E. Öksüz, Ahmet Kalaycıoğlu, Özlem Uzun, Şahi N. Kalkışım, Nihat B. Zihni, Ahmet Yıldırım, Cavit Boz
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of LAT in patients experiencing inadequate recovery from Bell's palsy. Methods: This 2-armed, parallel, randomized, subject-assessor-blinded, single-center, sham-controlled pilot trial will randomly assign 32 eligible patients into either a real LAT group (n = 16) or a sham LAT group (n = 16). The real LAT group will receive 3 LAT sessions each week for 6 weeks (a total of 18 sessions), delivered to acupoints corresponding with the affected side of the face. The sham LAT group will receive the same treatment as the real LAT group, but with a sham laser device. The primary...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Clinical Trial Source Type: research
Discussion: The results from this trial will help establish clinical evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of TEA in the treatment of patients with sequelae of Bell's palsy. Trial registration number: KCT0002557 (Clinical Research Information Service of the Republic of Korea).
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Clinical Trial Source Type: research
Conclusions: All reviewed trials of acupuncture for neuropathy and neuropathic pain use acupuncture points that are closely associated with the peripheral nerves treated. Local needling is crucial for successful treatment of peripheral neuropathy. PMID: 30147819 [PubMed]
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Med Acupunct Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Acupuncture and Kinesio Taping, in conjunction with physical therapy modalities, are safe and promising complementary therapies for the acute management of Bell's palsy. However, further large scale and randomized controlled studies are necessary to assess whether these complementary interventions have significant additive or synergistic effect for complete recovery of patients with Bell's palsy. PMID: 29154053 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
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