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Local needling is crucial for the successful treatment of peripheral neuropathy, conclude American authors who carried out an exploration of point selection in 13 trials included in a previous systematic review. All reviewed trials of acupuncture for neuropathy and neuropathic pain were noted to use acupuncture points that are closely associated with the peripheral nerves treated. In Bell's palsy, the majority of selected acupuncture points were associated with the ipsilateral facial nerve. In carpal tunnel syndrome, the majority of the selected acupuncture points were closely associated with the median nerve and its branches. In polyneuropathy due to diabetes, HIV, or idiopathic causes, most selected acupuncture points were in close proximity to peripheral nerves.

The Case for Local Needling in Successful Randomized Controlled Trials of Peripheral Neuropathy: A Follow-Up Systematic Review. Med Acupunct. 2018 Aug 1;30(4):179-191.


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