LOGIN
 
Share Page:
Back

Volume 25 , Issue 1
Winter 2011

Pages 3238


Acupuncture Modulates Facial Warm Sensory Thresholds

Rafael Benoliel, BDS (Hons), LDS RCS Eng/Shadya Zaidan, DMD/Eli Eliav, DMD, PhD


PMID: 21359235

Aims: To assess the effects of four- and six-point acupuncture on facial sensory detection thresholds to thermal and electrical stimuli. Methods: Ten healthy volunteers underwent four-point acupuncture at ST6 and LI4 bilaterally for 15 minutes. A further 10 subjects underwent six-point acupuncture by adding needling at ST2 bilaterally. Sensory testing to thermal and electrical stimuli applied to mental and infraorbital nerve dermatomes was performed at baseline, 10 minutes, 1 hour, and 1 day after needling. Results: In the mental and infraorbital nerve dermatomes, six-point acupuncture significantly increased warm threshold by a peak mean of 1.1C to 1.4C (repeated measures ANOVA P = .001) and this effect was significant at all time points relative to baseline (P < .05). No significant effects were observed by the four-point acupuncture on warm thresholds, and neither four- nor six-point acupuncture significantly altered electrical detection thresholds. Conclusion: A dose effect, related to the number of points employed, may be present when employing acupuncture. J OROFAC PAIN 2011;25:3238

Key words: AB-fibers, C-fibers, electrical thresholds, warm thresholds


Full Text PDF File | Order Article

 

 
Get Adobe Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. This is a free program available from the Adobe web site.
Follow the download directions on the Adobe web site to get your copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

© 2017 Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc

JOFPH Home
Current Issue
Ahead of Print
Archive
Author Guidelines
About
Accepted Manuscripts
Submission Form
Submit
Reprints
Permission
Advertising
Quintessence Home
Terms of Use
Privacy Policy
About Us
Contact Us
Help