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A small case series by an American author suggests that a standardised acupuncture protocol may be effective for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy (PN). Ten consecutive patients diagnosed with large- or small-fibre neuropathy of various aetiologies were treated with a standardised acupuncture protocol, based on anatomical correlations between peripheral nerves and acupuncture points. All patients were treated with the same acupuncture protocol. Manual acupuncture: left Zhongfeng LIV-4 and Chize LU-5; bilateral Quchi LI-11, Shufu KI-27, Zusanli ST-36, Yanglingquan GB-34, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Yinlingquan SP-9, Hegu LI-4, Waiguan SJ-5, and Bafeng (except for the space between the first and second toes where Taichong LIV-3 was used). Electroacupuncture (100Hz continuous): bilateral Taixi KID-3–Yongquan KID-1; bilateral Jiexi ST-41–Taichong LIV-3. All patients underwent a minimum of six acupuncture sessions. All ten patients indicated improvement in pain scores and clinical signs and symptoms after treatment, suggesting that this standardised protocol may be effective for PN due to different causes.

Introducing a Standardized Acupuncture Protocol for Peripheral Neuropathy: A Case Series. Med Acupunct. 2017 Dec 1;29(6):352-365.

 

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