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《Journal of Integrative Medicine》 2014年03期
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A CASE STUDY:BEE VENOM THERAPY ACUPUNCTURE IN THE TREATMENT OF AGENT ORANGE-INDUCED PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Francis Yurasek  Cynthia Easter  
【摘要】:Methods: Bee venom therapy was carried out utilizing strategic acupuncture points in a 68-year-old male Vietnam veteran exposed to "agent orange".He was diagnosed in 2000 with Parkinson's disease(PD).Bee venom therapy was administered twice weekly over a period of nine months.Results: Initial evaluation of symptoms related to PD was performed utilizing the following multiple outcome assessment tools: Mini Mental State Exam(MMSE), Berg Balance Scale(BBS), Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire-39(PDQ-39) and the Timed Up and Go test(TUG).The MMS and BBS assessments were within normal range from the initial evaluation; therefore did not report significant change.The PDQ-39 and TUG both showed significant improvement over the course of treatment.PDQ-39 scores decreased from 26 to 15(the best possible score was 0, while the worst possible score was 156) and the TUG score decreased from 11.2 s to 8.5 s at the end of the treatment period.Times greater than 12 s are associated with increased risk of falling in the general population.Conclusion: This case demonstrates that the use of bee venom therapy may be an effective treatment in conjunction with conventional medicine.During the course of treatment the patient reported improvements in gait pattern, walking with less shuffling, standing, touching toes without bending knees, walking on treadmill 15 min without support, getting out of chair, feeling more rested, improved function in urination and bowel movements, improvement in facial gesturing, more legible handwriting(able to sign his name the day of his first test sting), and his voice is stronger.
【作者单位】National
【分类号】:R246.6

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