Effect of Acupuncture On Serum Magnesium Level in the Treatment of Migraine
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Effect of Acupuncture on Serum Magnesium Level in the Treatment of Migraine
The author cites previous research which suggests migraine sufferers have a lower magnesium content in the cerebrospinal fluid. This study treated 58 cases of migraine to observe its effect on serum magnesium levels. Fengchi GB-20 was needled to a depth of one cun with twirling reducing method so that the needle sensation was propagated along the shaoyang channel to Taiyang (M-HN-9). Similarly, the needle sensation should be felt towards Shuaigu GB-8 when puncturing Taiyang (M-HN-9). A uniform reinforcing-reducing method was used for puncturing Waiguan SJ-5, Yanglingquan GB-34, Taichong LIV-3 and Zulinqi GB-41. Zusanli ST-36 was punctured with twisting reinforcing method. All needles were retained for 30 minutes and manipulated every 10 minutes. Of the 58 cases, 20 (34%) were cured, for 34 (59%) treatment was effective, and for 4 (7%) treatment was neffective. A normal serum magnesium level is 0.8-1.2 mmol/L. Before treatment, the patients had a mean level of 0.58 ±
0.02. A significant difference (P<0.01) was found after treatment with a level of 1.01 ± 0.03.
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