Acupuncture for the comatose patient

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Seventeen patients in deep coma for varying lengths of time following head injury were treated on several occasions with acupuncture stimulation. The points used, Kidney 1 and Governing Vessel 24 and 26, are described in ancient Chinese literature. Improvement occurred in all patients immediately. Within 3 months, two patients recovered completely and five patients were discharged with less than 25% neurologic deficit. Comparison was made with fifteen similarly injured patients from the previous year. The acupuncture group showed significantly greater improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Acupuncture
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes


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