Intense acupuncture for Bells Palsy

This interesting article, published in the CMAJ, discusses the results of a new research project from China that compares treatments for Bells Palsy. The traditional Chinese theory of acupuncture emphasizes that the intensity of acupuncture must reach a threshold to generate de qi, which is necessary to acheive the best therapeutic effect. De qi is an internal compound sensation of soreness, tingling, fullness, aching, cool, warmth and heaviness, and a radiating sensation at and around the acupoints. However, the notion that de qi must be acheived for maximum benefit has not been confirmed by modern scientific evidence. This article discusses the importance of de qi in Bells Palsy treatement.
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