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Acupuncture for the treatment of phantom limb syndrome in lower limb amputees: a randomised controlled feasibility study


'Results: Qualitatively, acupuncture was perceived to be beneficial and effective. Quantitatively, acupuncture demonstrated clinically meaningful change in average pain intensity (raw change = 2.69) and worst pain intensity (raw change = 4.00).


Acupuncture was delivered pragmatically under the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) paradigm. A protocol developed prior to the study, using Delphi consensus methodology was used to provide guidelines and included:

Retaining needles for 20–30 min’























































Trevelyan e.g., Turner W.A., Summerfield-Mann L. and Robinson N. (2016) Acupuncture for the treatment of phantom limb syndrome in lower limb amputees: a randomised controlled feasibility study. Trials 201617:519 DOI: 10.1186/s13063-016-1639-z


(2017) A case report of a Phantom Limb Pain (PLP) patient treated with integrative Korean and Western medicine

Results. The patient’s numerical rating scale (NRS) scores decreased, and continuous sleep time increased after treatment. The NRS scores decreased from 10 to 0, and the continuous sleep time increased from 2 hours to 7 to 8 hours.

Conclusion. According to the results, this report suggests that integrative Korean and Western medicine could be effective in the treatment of PLP patients.


Acupuncture. Acupuncture treatment was performed twice a day (9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.) during the patient’s hospitalization and done using disposable stainless-steel needles 0.20mm in diameter and 30mm in length (Dongbang Acupuncture Inc., Korea) for 15 minutes. In the morning, acupuncture was applied at Sinjeongkyuk (腎正格), Hapgok (合谷, LI4) with no stimulation. In the afternoon, the patient was treated at ten acupoints on the unaffected side, Baekhoe (百會, GV20), Sasinchong (四神總, EX-HN1), Sakwan (四關), Taebaek (太白, SP3), Joksamni (足三里, ST36), Sinmun (神門, HT7) with manual stimulation of rotation. The depth of needle insertion was 5~15 mm. Needle sensation including de-qi was not vigorously sought. The acupuncture treatment was performed by two Korean medical doctors with 8 years and 3 years of clinical experience.

Moxibustion. Moxibustion was performed once a day around Jungwan (中脘, CV12) in the abdominal.


Heun Ju Lee , Ji Young Baek and Chang Beohm Ahn (2017) A case report of a Phantom Limb Pain (PLP) patient treated with integrative Korean and Western medicineThe Acupuncture Vol. 34 No. 3 August 2017 : 101-107. pISSN 1229-1137 eISSN 2287-7797 http://dx.doi.org/10.13045/acupunct.2017096

Reproduced from. Heun Ju Lee , Ji Young Baek and Chang Beohm Ahn (2017) A case report of a Phantom Limb Pain (PLP) patient treated with integrative Korean and Western medicine The Acupuncture Vol. 34 No. 3 August 2017 : 101-107. pISSN 1229-1137 eISSN 2287-7797 http://dx.doi.org/10.13045/acupunct.2017096

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