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Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2019 Sep 12;39(9):977-80. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2019.09.016.

[Experience of acupuncture and medication for lumbar disc herniation].

[Article in Chinese]

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Department of TCM, Air Force Hospital of Southern War Zone, Guangzhou 510000, Guangdong Province, China.
Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Guangdong Hospital of TCM, Guangzhou 510120.


The combination of acupuncture and medication is not the simple adding of the two treatments, but identifying the etiology and pathogenesis behind the disease at first, followed dynamic integration of different therapies according to the characteristics of acupuncture-moxibustion and medication. Professor LI Zi-ping believes that a more comprehensive understanding based on multi-system syndrome differentiation is essential for lumbar disc herniation. In treatment, the pan-long needling technique combined with flying needling could regulate collaterals and adjust spirit; acupoint injection could transfer medication into acupoints; herb decoction could eliminate the pathogens and strengthen the root; the balanced cupping combined with exercise therapy could regulate tendons and prevent recurrence. The principle of the combination of acupuncture and medication could organically integrate the advantages of different therapies, so their effects can be enhanced or supplemented. This method has achieved superior effects in clinical treatment.


combination of acupuncture and medication; famous doctor’s experience; lumbar disc herniation

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