Electroacupuncture combined with the Chinese herbal formula Qian Zheng San improves facial paralysis

This study retrospectively explored the effectiveness of electroacupuncture combined with Qian Zheng San for the treatment of peripheral facial paralysis. This retrospective study included patients with peripheral facial paralysis admitted to a single hospital between July 2018 and June 2020.

Ninety patients were included and divided into treatment (n = 45) and control (n = 45) groups. All the patients in both groups received oral prednisone tablets and mecobalamin. In addition, patients in the treatment group received electroacupuncture and Qian Zheng San. The outcomes were the overall response rate, facial nerve function, facial nerve electromyography, and adverse events. All outcome data were analyzed before and after treatment.

Patients in the treatment group achieved better outcomes than those in the control group in improving overall response rate (P = .04), facial nerve function (P < .01), and facial nerve electromyography (P < .01). Patients in both groups reported adverse events.

The results of this study showed that patients with peripheral facial paralysis and Qian Zheng San received better outcomes than those who did not.

Reference: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36123862/

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