Acupuncture treatment for lumbar disc herniation

Zhu, Jihe and Arsovska, Blagica and Kozovska, Kristina (2018) Acupuncture treatment for lumbar disc herniation. In: Humboldt Kolleg 2018, 20-23 April, Ohrid, R.Macedonia.

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Introduction - Spinal disc herniation is an age-related degeneration of the anulus fibrosus, but it is slowly becoming one of the most common problems, regarding to the sedentary way of life and inactivity. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the cause for disc herniation may be due to Kidney dysfunction, Qi or blood stagnation, invasion of the external pathogens or internal cause of weakness. Therefore the main purpose of the treatment is to improve the Kidney function, balance the Qi energy, improve the blood circulation, remove the external and internal pathogens and harmonize the whole well-being.
Material and methods – In this research are included 100 patients with lumbar disc herniation, treated in a clinic for TCM and acupuncture in Skopje, Macedonia. All patients were treated with fire needle acupuncture on Ashi i.e. trigger points located in the area of the lower back and hips. Treatments were done indoor, on a room temperature, with duration of 5-10 minutes.
Results and discussion – After finishing the individual number of treatments, all the symptoms that patients complained about before, including pain, tingling, burning sensation, loss of balance, muscle weakness, reduced mobility and other, were gone and the improvement in the patient's well-being was visible and possible for a minimum period.
Conclusion – Acupuncture as part of the 5000 years old Traditional Chinese Medicine as a treatment for lumbar disc herniation gives very satisfying and positive results and can significantly reduce the pain and other symptoms for a short period of time.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Yihe Zhu
Date Deposited: 02 May 2018 11:17
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 11:17

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