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Acupuncture May Have Helped to Revive Coma Patient

Keywords: TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY - Acupuncture, GV26, Coma

Reference: "Acupuncture Helps Regain Postoperative Consciousness in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Study," Tseng YJ, Hung YC, et al, J Altern Complement Med, 2012 Dec 4. (Address: Wen-Long Hu, Department of Chinese Medicine, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. E-mail: ).

Summary: A clinical report on a single case featuring a 65-year-old man experiencing traumatic brain injury (TBI) after being involved in a motor vehicle accident found that acupuncture may have helped the patient to regain consciousness. Subject had a right-sided subdural hemorrhage, subsequent complications, and initial Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score of E1V1M2. 12 days post- surgery, the patient remained in poor condition due to serious complications with a GCS of E2VeM4. After 12 days, the patient was treated with acupuncture 3x per week, consisting of strong stimulation at GV26 (Shuigou) and the 12 Well points using the half-needling technique. After 3 weeks of consecutive treatment, the patient regained consciousness and could tolerate rehabilitation programs, with GCS score of E4VtM6. This case shows potential usage of acupuncture as a complementary therapy in patients with TBI who fail to regain consciousness postoperatively.