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Korean investigators have found that treatment aimed at removing blood stasis can help improve the pain of patients with traumatic injury, by enhancing peripheral blood flow. A pretest-post-test pilot study included 73 patients with trauma that had occurred within the past two weeks. Korean medical combination treatment consisting of acupuncture, herbal medicine and wet cupping at ashi points, were performed. Saam acupuncture consisted of Zulinqi GB-41, Zhongzhu SJ-3, Futonggu KID-20, and Yemen SJ-2, plus ashi points. The Korean herbal formula Dangkwisoo-san (Angelicae Radix, Paeoniae Radix Rubra, Linderae Radix, Cyperi Rhizoma, Caesalpinia Lignum, Carthami Flos, Persicae Semen, Cinnamomi Ramulus and Glycyrrhizae Radix), designed to promote blood circulation and relieve blood stasis, was administered. Patients received at least six sessions of treatment during a two week period. The mean area of subcutaneous bleeding, along with subjective pain scores and blood stasis indicators assessed by symptom questionnaire, decreased significantly over the treatment course. Patients also demonstrated significant improvement in minimum and maximum values of peripheral perfusion index (measured by pulse oximetry) across the timeline of visits.

Blood Stasis Therapy for Traumatic Injury: A Prospective, Single-Arm, Pre-Post Pilot Study. J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Aug 29.


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