A Clinical Case Study on the Effects of Acupuncture Therapy and Ecklonia Cava Extract on Sleep Disturbances in ALS Patients

수면 장애를 동반한 근위축성 측삭 경화증 환자에 대한 감태추출물과 침치료 병행 치험 1례

  • Lee, Sang Mi (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Jeong, Ho Hyun (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Lee, Jong Cheol (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Park, Man Yong (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Kim, Sung Chul (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital)
  • 이상미 (원광대학교 광주한방병원 침구의학과) ;
  • 정호현 (원광대학교 광주한방병원 침구의학과) ;
  • 이종철 (원광대학교 광주한방병원 침구의학과) ;
  • 박만용 (원광대학교 광주한방병원 침구의학과) ;
  • 김성철 (원광대학교 광주한방병원 침구의학과)
  • Received : 2013.11.11
  • Accepted : 2013.12.02
  • Published : 2013.12.20


Objectives : The purpose of this study was to observe the clinical effects of acupuncture therapy and Ecklonia cava extract on sleep disturbance in ALS patients. Methods : In this study one patient received acupuncture therapy and took Ecklonia cava extract. The effects of the combined administration of these treatments were evaluated using Numeric Rating Scale and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. Results : The NRS score for sleep disturbance decreased from 10 to 1 and the PSQI score decreased from between 12~13 to 8. After treatment, the patient stopped taking sleeping pills and antidepressant. Conclusions : Combined administration of acupuncture therapy and Ecklonia cava extract could be effective in improving sleep disturbances in ALS patient.



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