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J Tradit Chin Med. 2007 Mar;27(1):14-5.

Electroacupuncture combined with flash cupping for treatment of peripheral facial paralysis--a report of 224 cases.

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The Hospital of Chang'an University, Xi'an, Shaanxi 710064, China.



To observe the therapeutic effects of electroacupuncture plus flash cupping for peripheral facial paralysis.


The main points used were Jingming (BL 1), Yangbai (GB 14) and Sibai (ST 2) with the adjunct points selected according to the syndrome differentiation. The routine acupuncture, electroacupuncture and flash cupping were used to treat 224 cases of peripheral facial paralysis.


The total effective rate was 96%.


Acupuncture can regulate the flow of blood and qi and dredge the channels and collaterals; the pulse electrotherapy can enhance excitation of the muscular tissues; and the flash cupping can make the local tissues to be in a state of high oxygen supply, benefiting blood circulation. The synergistic action of electroacupuncture and flash cupping can raise the therapeutic effect.

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