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The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 2008;29(1): 278-284.
중풍환자의 灸치료에 따른 기능회복도에 관한 임상연구
이상희, 김재규, 손연희, 정현윤, 김정훈, 권정남, 김영균
동의대학교 부속한방병원 심계내과학 교실
A Clinical Study of Moxibustion Therapy's Effect on Functional Recovery in Hemiplegia on Stroke
Sang-hee Lee, Jae-kyu Kim, Yeon-hui Son, Hyun-yun Jeong, Jung-hoon Kim, Jung-nam Kwon, Young-kyun Kim
Department of Circulatory Internal Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Dong-Eui University
Correspondence  Jung-nam Kwon ,Tel: 051-850-8622, Fax: 051-867-5162, Email: jnkwon@demc.or.kr
  Published online: March 30, 2008.
Objective :
The purpose of this clinical study was to investigate the effects of moxibustion on functional recovery in stroke patients.

Methods :
Forty two stroke patients were randomized into either the standard physiotherapy treatment combined with moxibustion group or a control group with standard physiotherapy alone. They were 8 weeks from onset to the start of this study. Moxibustion was applied at 合谷(LI14), 外關(TE5), 曲池(LI11), 太衝(LIV3), 懸鍾(絶骨,G39), 足三里(S36) in hemiplegic upper and lower extremity, once a day for 6 weeks. The effect of treatment on functional recovery was assessed using the Functional Independence Measure scale. Statistical significance was achieved if the probability was less than 5%(p<0.05).

These 2 groups had comparable clinical characteristics; sex, age, lesion, and pre-treatment FIM score. After 6 weeks, patients in the moxibustion group performed better on FIM. The differences were significant(P=0.001).

These results suggest that moxibustion is an effective treatment for functional recovery in stroke patients.
Key words: FIM, Moxibustion, stroke
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