By Zhang D; Wei Z; Wen B; Gao H; Peng Y; Wang F.
Clinical observations on acupuncture treatment of peripheral facial
paralysis aided by infra-red thermography--a preliminary report.
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1991 Jun, 11(2):139-45.
AT: UCLA Biomed W1 J0922R
(PE title: Journal of traditional Chinese medicine = Chung i tsa
chih / sponsored by A11-China Association of Traditional Chinese
Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Abstract: We have carried out clinical observations on 34 patients with
peripheral facial paralysis treated by acupuncture therapy prescribed according to selection of treatment regimen on the basis of facial
thermogram and temperature. A comparison was made with a control group of 97 patients who received conventional acupuncture therapy only. It was
1) The cure rate in the group of selecting acupoints by
thermogram (hereinafter referred to as the thermography--aided treatment
group) was 67.65%, with a marked improvement rate of 26.40%; while the cure
rate of the conventional acupuncture treatment group (hereinafter called
the conventional treatment group) was 46.39%, the marked improvement rate
being 29.90%, indicating a significant difference in therapeutic efficacy
between the two groups (P less than 0.02).
The average duration of
acupuncture therapy for the thermography aided treatment group was 6.02
weeks, whereas that for the conventional treatment group, 24 weeks. There
was also a significant difference between the two groups (p less than
And 3) During the entire therapeutic course, 25.2 sessions of
treatment were given on the average in the thermography--aided treatment
group, and 78.8 sessions in the conventional treatment group, showing a
very significant difference (P less than 0.001). The present
thermography--aided method exhibits advantages over the conventional one in
enhancing the cure rate and shortening the duration of treatment, which is
worthy to be popularized in clinical practice. And it is also of certain
significance in standardization and scientification of acupuncture therapy.