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TCM Solution for Facial Paralysis and Facial Spasm

Clinical Research Paper # 3
Observation on Therapeutic Effect of Chronic Facial Spasm with Hanging-needling
Acupuncture Therapy

Zhang Yue and Yang Zhenhui (Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Shandong Qianfoshan
Hospital), Sun Yingxia (Nanjing University of TCM)
The Journal of Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Vol. 21, No. 4, 2001

(Abstract)
Purpose: To observe therapeutic effect of hanging-needling therapy on chronic facial spasm.

Method: 150 cases of chronic facial spasm were randomly divided into 3 groups. Hanging-needling
Acupuncture (Observation) group (50 cases) was treated with hanging-needling therapy once per
day. Regular acupuncture treatment group (50 cases) was treated with regular acupuncture therapy
once per day. And medication group (50 cases) administrated orally phenytoin sodium.

Result: After 10 day treatment, the effective rate in both the Hanging-needling Acupuncture group
and regular acupuncture group was better than that in the medication group with significant
difference (P < 0.005).

Table – Comparison of Therapeutic Effect











  •    Complete recovery: Facial spasm stopped completely, and no recurrence within 6 month after
   the treatments.
  •    Significant improvement: facial spasm stopped completely after 10 day treatment, but had
   recurrence within 6 month.
  •    Some improvement: Facial spasm was less intensity and frequency after 10 day treatments.
  •    No effect: No change after 10 day treatments.

Conclusion: Acupuncture therapy is effective for chronic facial spasm and the hanging-needling
acupuncture therapy increase the therapeutic effect significantly.

Key Words: Facial Muscles; Acupuncture; Needling Methods.

Clinical Research Paper # 1

Clinical Research Paper # 2
Group
Casas
Completely
Recovered
Significant
Improvement
Some
Improvement
No Effect
Total Effective
Rate
Hanging -
Needle
Acupuncture
50
39
5
5
1
98%
Regular
Acupuncture
50
16
9
20
5
90%
Medications
50
9
8
15
18
64%