[Emergency treatment of epilepsy with Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA) and body acupuncture – acupuncture in emergency medicine: a case report]

Forsch Komplementmed. 2012;19(5):258-61. doi: 10.1159/000342985. Epub 2012 Oct 5.
[Article in German]


Background: Worldwide, acupuncture is used in conflict areas and increasingly also as a supportive measure in emergency medicine.

Methods: In this case, the treatment of epilepsy, masseter cramp, unconsciousness and respiratory arrest by means of YNSA and body acupuncture with only 3 acupuncture needles is described. The 3 points used were YNSA basal ganglia point, Renzhong and Qiangu.

Results: After application of the needles, the epileptic fit stopped, the unconscious patient opened his mouth and started breathing spontaneously.

Conclusion: In this case, acupuncture simplified the emergency procedure as a supportive treatment method and provided the patient with fast and safe relief.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Points*
  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods*
  • Anticonvulsants / administration & dosage
  • Body Temperature Regulation*
  • Bronchitis / complications
  • Clonazepam / administration & dosage
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / therapy
  • Emergency Medical Services / methods*
  • Epilepsies, Myoclonic / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy
  • Resuscitation
  • Scalp*
  • Sinusitis / complications
  • Unconsciousness / therapy*
  • Young Adult


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Clonazepam