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The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 2016;37(2): 182-188.
원발성 답즙성 간경변에 대한 장기간 한방 치험례
이준수, 홍상훈, 김강산, 박상은
동의대학교 한의과대학 한방내과
Long-term Clinical Case of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Treated with Traditional Korean Medicine
Jun-su Lee, Sang-hoon Hong, Gang-san Kim, Sang-eun Park
Dept. of Internal Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Dong-Eui University
Correspondence  Sang-eun Park ,Tel: +82-52-226-8106, Fax: +82-52-226-0664, Email: hanseul@demc.or.kr
Received: March 9, 2016,   Accepted: May 26, 2016,   Published online: May 31, 2016.

This study was designed to assess the clinical effect of traditional Korean medicine on primary biliary cirrhosis.


We provided herbal medicine and acupuncture therapy to a 38-year-old male patient who complained about jaundice, itching, and fatigue. During a six-day hospital stay, we checked any changes in symptoms and conducted liver function tests (such as aspartate aminotransferase [AST], alanine aminotransferase [ALT], alkaline phosphatase [ALP], and gamma-glutamyl transferase [GGT], among others) to evaluate any improvement.

We observed that herbal medicine and acupuncture therapy appeared to decrease the symptoms of primary biliary cirrhosis. During each hospital stay, the symptoms and liver function test both showed improvement, especially in ALP.

Based on the therapeutic results of the six-day hospital stay, we report improved primary biliary cirrhosis symptoms and a decreasing tendency in ALP and GGP levels following treatment with traditional Korean medicine.
Key words: primary biliary cirrhosis, Korean medicine, liver function test
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