Treatment of cervical spondylosis with acupuncture

Kozovska, Kristina and Zhu, Jihe and Arsovska, Blagica and Sterjovska-Aleksovska, Andrijana (2015) Treatment of cervical spondylosis with acupuncture. In: Book of Abstracts-International Symposium at Faculty of Medical Sciences “Current achievements and future perspectives in medical and biomedical research”, 24 Nov 2015, Stip, Macedonia.

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Background: Cervical spondylosis is common and progressive degenerative disease which occurs with the aging process. Cervical spondylosis affects 95% of patients over 65 years. The disease can be asymptomatic and symptomatic (in patients over 40 years). Acupuncture is well accepted and widely used as a treatment to treat symptoms caused by cervical spondylosis. The goal of acupuncture treatment is to improve and regulate the flow of Qi energy, to complement it where there is a deficit and reduced it if it has accumulated an excessive amount of energy. In this way the flow of the Qi energy and the overall health of the body is restored and balanced.
Purpose: The main purpose of this work is to show the results and efficacy of the research and analysis done for the patients diagnosed with cervical spondylosis treated with acupuncture.
Material and methods: In the research were included 30 patients, 14 male and 16 female aged from 35 to 82 years all diagnosed with cervical spondylosis in the past year. The diagnosis was confirmed by X-ray scan. The treatments were done in the clinic for Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture 'Tong Da Tang' in Skopje. All the patients were effectively cured with the treatment, with certain number of treatments. The number of the treatments was different for all the patients and depends on gender, age, working status, duration of disease, type of symptoms, when they appeared, etc. The main symptoms were neck pain, variable blood pressure, insomnia, changes in urine and stool, dizziness, headache, pain, numbness, tingling in the shoulders, arms and hands i.e. irradiation to the left, right or both sides of the upper limbs. All the patients were treated with the same acupoints for cervical spondylosis, all located on the neck and head: Du16 (Fengfu), Du20 (Baihui), Du21 (Qianding), SJ16 (Tiannyou), Bl10 (Tianzhu), SI15 (Jianzhongshu), SI14 (Jianwaishu). The duration of the treatments was 35-40 minutes. 0.25x25mm dimension disposable sterile needles were used, made by Wuijuiang City Medical Health Material Co., ltd
Results: After the treatments all the patients had satisfying results. The patients were relieved from the pain and the symptoms were gone. On average, 8 treatments were needed to achieve the effect of the treatment. Older patients have done more number of treatments. The most common age group is of 50-60 years, with average age for men – 55 and for women 64. Men are affected earlier, by the age of 50 and women by the age of 60. There was no significant difference between the gender of the patients of which 16 were female and 14 male. The most common symptom is neck pain (17 patients). Headache and dizziness are the most common symptoms in the younger patients by the age of 56.
Conclusion: Acupuncture is an effective treatment by using the acupoints located on the neck and head which can relieve the symptoms and physical signs of cervical spondylosis.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: acupuncture treatment, acupoints, cervical spondylosis, symptoms
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Andrijana Sterjovska Aleksovska
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 13:12
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 13:12

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