Be Up and About With Acupuncture - The New Indian Express

Be Up and About With Acupuncture

Published: 11th May 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 12th May 2014 01:12 PM

Ankle sprain is a common condition of the motor system. It occurs when the balance of the body is broken, causing a sudden change in the center of gravity of the ankle joint. When the ankle joint is at the state of planter flexion, a slight movement of both sides of the tarsomegaly causes the ankle joint to become unsteady. As a result, a sprain occurs. A study was conducted by the acupuncture department, Henan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Zhongzhou, China to evaluate its effectiveness in treating ankle sprains.

Of the 126 cases, 70 were males and 56 females; the oldest was 56-years-old and the youngest 15-years-old; the shortest course was three hours and the longest course was one year. Most patients were treated within two days of a sprain. The main acupuncture point was Qiuxu (GB40) in the non-affected leg. Filiform needles (diameter: 0.38 mm, length: 40 mm) were used. For patients with serious sprain; combination of cold therapy, massage, and TDP helped to obtain excellent results. Treatment was given once a day; one course consisted of seven days of treatment.

Observation of curative effect

Cured: The ankle joint recovered its normal functions, pain disappeared, the patient could walk as before. Marked effect: The clinical symptoms almost disappeared, pain was relieved significantly, there was minimal pain when walking. Moderate effect: The clinical symptoms were improved, pain was relieved, ankle joint function improved after treatment. No effect: Symptoms and physical signs showed no improvement.


Of the 126 cases, 98 cases (77.78 per cent) were completely cured, 17 cases (13.49 per cent) showed a marked effect, eight cases (6.35 per cent) showed a moderate effect, and there was no effect in three cases (2.38 per cent).

Typical case

A 21-year-old male student, was first seen on December 10, 1993. He had sprained ankle joint going down the stairs. Examination showed red swelling and tenderness in the lateral malleolus; he could not walk without aid. He was referred to the department of acupuncture and was treated with the above method. Pain was relieved significantly after 10 minutes. The needles were retained for 30 minutes, and the treatment was given once a day. After four treatments, the red swelling and tenderness disappeared, and he was cured.


Qiuxiu(GB40), which has a powerful analgesic effect, is located at the starting point of the extensor digitonimbrevis where the lateral anterior malleolar artery and vein are distributed; the branches of later dorsal cutaneous nerve of the foot and the superficial peroneal nerve are also located there. Puncturing this point diverts the focus of excitation of pain in the cerebral cortex, or directly stimulates the afferent nerves and blocks afferent pain fibers. The opposite needling method, which involves the selection of points contralateral to the affected side, is often used to treat patients with pain and dysfunction.


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