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Case report: Tongdu Xingshen acupuncture for a patient with persistent vegetative state after herpes simplex virus encephalitis, 2022, Bingxu Jin et

Discussion in 'Other health news and research' started by Mij, Oct 3, 2022.

  1. Mij

    Mij Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Introduction: A persistent vegetative state (PVS) can be caused by traumatic or non-traumatic brain injury. PVS is a complex clinical condition with numerous complications. Nursing care, medical treatment, and comprehensive rehabilitation are necessary to improve the outcomes of PVS. However, the prognosis remains unsatisfactory. Acupuncture therapy has been used as a rehabilitation strategy to treat patients with PVS in China, showing better results in the recovery of consciousness, intellectual capability, and motor function.

    Case description: We present the case of a 4-month-long PVS after herpes simplex virus encephalitis (HSVE) in a 3.5-year-old boy who underwent Tongdu Xingshen acupuncture integrated with Western medicine and rehabilitation. The patient regained consciousness post-treatment. His intelligence and motor function gradually recovered after seven treatment sessions.

    Conclusion: Tongdu Xingshen acupuncture is a potential complementary therapy to optimize clinical outcomes in PVS.

    Hutan, Louie41, RedFox and 1 other person like this.
  2. Hutan

    Hutan Moderator Staff Member

    Aotearoa New Zealand
    I haven't read the paper, but this has the usual problem of a case study (no control, did time heal all wounds?). It also has the problem of a whole lot of interventions being applied at once, so we have no way of knowing if one of the other treatments was the thing that helped. This paper does not constitute evidence that acupuncture is of any use for the recovery from brain injury.

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