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88 Cases of Back Pain Treated by Acupuncture

Many different causes could lead to back pain. I have treated 88 cases of back pain by acupuncture and combined with Chinese patent medicines. Most of these patients made significant improvement. They felt no back pain or the pain disappeared basically after 2 to 6 sessions of acupuncture treatments.

Clinic Material:

Of 88 cases, 58 were male and 30 female. The patients' age ranged from 18 to 68. The duration was from 2 days to 10 years. From view of western medicine, 22 patients suffered from acute lumbar sprain, 35 chronic lumbar muscle strain, and 31 chronic lumbosacral strain. From view of Traditional Chinese medicine, 42 patients was cold wetness evil, 26 was asthenia of kidney and 20 was energy stagnation and blood stasis.

Treatment method:

Ask the patient lie down in prone position and relax the lumbadorsal muscles, identify the location of pain points along two sides of lumbar vertebras. Then the needle was inserted horizontally into the skin along pressure pain point. Three to four needles could be applied each treatment. The supplemental points are weizhong and others according to individual cases. We have applied vertical puncture method.

The needles were retained for about 20 to 30 minutes. In many cases, we had applied the electro-acupuncture stimulator with 20 to 80 Hz dense disperse waveform and moderate stimulating intensity. Usually six sessions of acupuncture treatment consist of 1 course of treatment.


Cured: the back pain disappears completely. Effective: the back pain disappears basically.

Among all the 88 cases, cured 58, effective 22. The total effective rate was 91%.

The results also show that the method was better for lumbago due to cold-wetness evil and energy-stagnation and blood stasis. Acupuncture has function of regulating the Qi and dredging the meridian passage. Due to the needles are manipulated superficially, there are no evident sensations of soreness. Patients can feel distention and numbness. However this is a sign of the good acupuncture therapeutic effect.



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