By Beppu S; Sato Y; Amemiya Y; Tode I.
Practical application of meridian acupuncture treatment for trigeminal
Anesthesia and Pain Control in Dentistry, 1992 Spring, 1(2):103-8.
Abstract: This report evaluates the effect of meridian acupuncture treatment on
trigeminal neuralgia. Ten patients aged 26 to 67 years (mean 55.4 years)
who visited the outpatient Dental Anesthesiology Clinic at Tsurumi
University Dental Hospital from 1985 to 1990 were studied. Five of the
patients suffered from idiopathic and five from symptomatic trigeminal
neuralgia. The patients underwent meridian treatment by acupuncture alone
or acupuncture combined with moxibustion. The acupuncture method used was
primarily basic treatment employing only needles without electrical
stimulation. Meridian acupuncture treatments were repeated from two to four
times a month.
Five patients were restored to a pain-free state. The other
five patients noted a decrease in pain, but with some level of pain
remaining (significant pain in one patient). It is concluded that meridian
acupuncture treatment is useful and can be one therapeutic approach in the
management of trigeminal neuralgia.