Chronic Neck Pain (39 year old, Female)
She had suffered with chronic neck pain for many years but gradually became worse about half year ago. The pain radiated to the right forearm accompanied tingling of the fingers. Diagnosed with moderate disc hernia of C5~C6 vertebrae, she took various therapies, such as anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone shots, physical therapy, and massage therapy, all without much results.
For acupuncture, with a sitting posture, the above needling method was employed on the local reflex zones, of which Quyuan (SI13), Jianzhongshu (SI15), Jianwaishu (SI14), Fuyin (EX73), Fengchi (GB20), and Tianzhu (BL10) were selected. Other reflex points in the right upper limbs such as Quchi (LI11), Shousanli (LI10), Shidou (SP17), and Waiguan (TE5) were associated as well. Acupuncture was applied twice weekly.
Since the initial session, her numbness and tingling of the fingers were alleviated. After 8 sessions of acupuncture, all symptoms were completely relieved.
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