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Acupunct Med. 2012 Jun;30(2):139-41. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2011-010107. Epub 2012 Apr 19.

Raynaud's phenomenon, cytokines and acupuncture: a case report.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, East Point, GA 30344, USA. fomole@msm.edu

Abstract

A 30-year-old African-American woman diagnosed in 2006 with primary Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) was seen in the clinic in 2010 and the diagnosis confirmed excluding underlying disorders. Acupuncture was administered bilaterally at the LI4 Hegu acupuncture points for 5 min twice weekly for 2 months, which resulted in improvement in pain severity, joint stiffness and the colour of her fingers and toes. The literature reveals that acupuncture is effective in improving pain severity and joint stiffness in RP. The patient's serum proinflammatory cytokines were compared with those from an ongoing study in our institution and the results indicated that acupuncture therapy might be anti-inflammatory. Acupuncture is relatively safe and should be considered as an alternative treatment or non-pharmacological therapy for pain associated with RP.

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