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Acupuncture modulates facial warm sensory thresholds.
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PMID:  21359235     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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 1.1°C to 1.4°C (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;25:32-38.
Rafael Benoliel; Shadya Zaidan; Eli Eliav
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of orofacial pain     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1064-6655     ISO Abbreviation:  J Orofac Pain     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9418507     Medline TA:  J Orofac Pain     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-8     Citation Subset:  D    
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