[Clinical study on acupuncture and Tuina for treatment of birth brachial plexus injury].

Author: Luo W, Cheng JZ.
TCM Department, Children's Hospital of Hunan Province, Changsha, China. ruby1013@163.com
Conference/Journal: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu.
Date published: 2010 Nov
Other: Volume ID: 30 , Issue ID: 11 , Pages: 918-20 , Special Notes: [Article in Chinese] , Word Count: 216

OBJECTIVE: To compare the difference of therapeutic effect between acupuncture combined with Tuina and Nobex for treatment of birth brachial plexus injury.

METHODS: Forty cases with birth brachial plexus injury were randomly divided into a acupuncture combined with Tuina group (group A) and a Nobex group (group B), 20 cases in each group. The group A was treated with acupuncture at 3 points, i. e. Jianyu (LI 15), Jianliao (TE 14), Jianzhen (SI 9) on shoulder, Binao (LI 14), Shouwuli (LI 13), Quchi (LI 11), etc. combined with Tuina using a single thumb and rolling method, and the group B was treated with intramuscular injection of Nobex. The clinical effects and the changes of the symptom, scores and the electromyogram were observed before and after treatment.

RESULTS: The total effective rate of 90.0% (18/20) in the group A was better than that of 55.0% (11/20) in the group B, with a significant difference between the two groups (P < 0.05). The effective rate of the electromyogram improvement in the group A was 90.0% (18/20), which was better than 45.0% (9/20) in the group B (P < 0. 05), and the symptom scores in the group A were lower than those in the group B (P < 0.01).

CONCLUSION: Acupuncture combined with Tuina can improve the recovery of nerve and upper extremity function and its therapeutic effect is superior to that of intramuscular injection with Nobex.

PMID: 21246848