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J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2013 Feb;6(1):56-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2012.12.001. Epub 2012 Dec 26.

Acupuncture for management of balance impairment in a patient with bipolar disorder.

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  • 1Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Korean Medicine Hospital, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Republic of Korea.


A case is reported of unexplained unilateral thigh muscle atrophy and frequent falling with poor response to conventional conservative treatments in a patient with bipolar disorder who self-selected acupuncture treatment as a last resort. The patient experienced gradual improvements in lower extremity weakness and fewer falls during the 8-month treatment. No adverse event or aggravation of the bipolar disorder was observed. These outcomes suggest that acupuncture may be a feasible adjunct for reducing falling and restoring postural balances in patients with bipolar disorder.

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