Rules for selecting acupoints in acupuncture and moxibustion treatment of peripheral nerve injury based on current literature*
2015, 38 (12):
Objective To review literature on acupuncture and moxibustion treatment of peripheral nerve injury (PNI) in the past fifteen years, and sum up rules for selectinga cupoints as references for clinicians. Methods "acupuncture" OR "electropuncture" OR "moxa-moxibustion" OR"acupuncture-point injection" OR"catgut implantation at acupoint"AND "nerve injury" OR"peripheral nerve" were used as search words in CNKI, Wanfang and VIP database to retrieve the relevant literature. Search Results were entered into NoteExpress software. After removing irrelevant papers,included stndies were lvere classified into nine categories according to the nervous involved: brachial plexus, ulnar nerve, radial nerve, median nerve, superior clunial nerve, caudal nerve, sciatic nerve, tibial nerve and nervus peroneus communls; acupuncture points used in the remaining studies were extracted and analyzed. Results Acupuncture points used for peripheral nerve injury of upper limb were mostly selected from the Large Intestine Meridian (LI), Small Intestine Meridian (SI) and Sanjiao Meridian (TE), with the most frequently used acupoints being LI15, LI11, LI4, Li10, SJ5, SI3, SI8, SI7, SI4, PC6, and PC3. Points for peripheral nerve injury of lower limb were mostly selected from Stomach Meridian (ST), Bladder Meridian (BL) and Gall Bladder Meridian (GB), with the mostfrequently used acupoints being ST36, ST31, ST41, GB34, GB30, BL54, BL23, BL40, BL33, BL32, RN1and SP9. Conclusion The selection of acupoints for the treatment of peripheral nerve injury is mainly based on the meridians near the nerve, coupled with local and distal acupoints.
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