[Efficacy observation on electroacupuncture in the treatment of oculomotor impairment caused by ophthalmic nerve injury]

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2013 Nov;33(11):975-9.
[Article in Chinese]


Objective: To observe the difference in the clinical efficacy on oculomotor impairment between electroacupuncture and acupuncture and explore the best therapeutic method in the treatment of this disease.

Methods: Sixty cases of oculomotor impairment were randomized into an electroacupuncture group and an acupuncture group, 30 cases in each one. In the electroacupuncture group, the points were selected on extraocular muscles, the internal needling technique in the eye was used in combination of electroacupuncture therapy. In the acupuncture group, the points and needling technique were same as the electroacupuncture group, but without electric stimulation applied. The treatment was given 5 times a week, 15 treatments made one session. After 3 sessions of treatment, the clinical efficacy, palpebral fissure size, pupil size, oculomotor range and the recovery in diplopia were compared before and after treatment in the two groups.

Results: In the electroacupuncture group, the palpebral fissure size was (9.79+/-2.65)mm and the eyeball shifting distance was (18.12+/-1. 30)mm, which were hig-her than (8.23+/-2.74)mm and (16.71+/-1. 44)mm respectively in the acupuncture group. In the electroacupuncture group, the pupil diameter was (0. 44 +/-0. 42)mm, which was less than (0. 72 +/- 0. 53)mm in the acupuncture group, indicating the significant difference (all P<0. 05). The cured rate was 63. 33% (19/30) and the total effective rate was 93.33% (28/30) in the electroacupuncture group, which was better than 36.67% (11/30) and 83. 333 (25/30) in the acupuncture group separately, indicating the significant difference (all P<0. 05).

Conclusion: Electroacupuncture presents the obvious advantages in the treatment of oculomotor impairment, characterized as quick and high effect, short duration of treatment and remarkable improvements in clinical symptoms, there are important significance for the improvement of survival quality of patients.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Points
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Electroacupuncture*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oculomotor Nerve Diseases / physiopathology
  • Oculomotor Nerve Diseases / therapy*
  • Ophthalmic Nerve / injuries*
  • Ophthalmic Nerve / physiopathology
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult