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Cervical Spondylopathy Treated by Acupuncture plus Massage

The condition in which hyperosteogeny of the cervical vertebra stimulates or oppresses the cervical nerve root, spinal cord, vertebral artery or sympathetic nerve, causing pain and other symptoms is known as cervical spondylopathy. The main clinical manifestations are soreness, distension or pain of the neck, shoulder or arm, numbness of the fingers, etc. The disease, belonging to the category of "arthralgia-syndrome" in traditional Chinese medicine, is usually seen in those at the age over forth.

Sign and symptom: Pain or numbness, soreness and heaviness of the head, neck, shoulder, arm, hand, upper parts of the chest and back, radiating pain.

Clinical data:

We have collected 48 cases of patients with cervical spondylopathy. They consisted of 32 males and 16 females and their age from 25 to 68. Most of the patients are between 40-65 of their age. Among them, there were 25 cases of nerve root type, 3 cases of spinal cord type, 5 cases of vertebral artery type, 5 cases of sympathetic nerve type and 10 cases of mixed type. The duration of the disease was from 2 weeks to 10 years.


Main points: Ashi point on the neck, Jiaji of cervical vertebrae region, Fengchi, Tianzong, Quchi and Shenshu.

Supplementary points: The following points may be selected as adjuctive points, according to the different type of the disease: Dazhui, Jianjing, Neiguan, Shousanli, Quchi, Waiguan, Jianyu, Touwei, Baihui and Houxi.

About 5 to 8 acupoints from main and supplementary points were selected for each treatment. After obtaining qi, the needles were connected with a therapeutic apparatus for 20 to 30 minutes.

Massage was applied after finishing the stimulation. The method of massage usually used are pressing, grasping, rolling, tracting and counter-tracting, digital acupoint pressure or rotating reposition.


Of 48 cases, 26 patients were fully recovered, 10 patients significantly improved, 10 cases improved and 2 patients failed to make progress. The treatment is more effective for the patients of nerve root type.


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