Effects of Korean Medicine Treatment focusing on Acupotomy of headache: A Case Report of Four Patients

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J Korean Med. 2021;42(3):176-184
Publication date (electronic) : 2021 September 01
doi : https://doi.org/10.13048/jkm.21033
1Academic Affairs Board, Korean Medical Society of Soft Tissue, Seoul
2Daecheong island branch office of a Ongin public health center, Incheon
3Daemyung Korean Medicine Clinic
4College of Korean Medicine, Wonkwang University
5Department of Meridian & Acupoint, College of Korean Medicine, Wonkwang University
Correspondence to:유명석 서울특별시 영등포구 양평동 4가 149-5 대명한의원, Tel: +82-2-2671-7191, Fax: +82-2-2676-129, E-mail: yeonbu16@gmail.com

These authors contributed equally.

Received 2021 April 28; Revised 2021 June 23; Accepted 2021 July 28.



The aim of this study was to report the effect of acupotomy for patients with headache.


Four patients with headache were treated with acupotomy. The improvement of symptoms was evaluated by numeric rating scale(NRS), Headache impact test-6(HIT-6) and headache attack frequency.


The numeric rating scale score and headache attack frequency decreased throughout the treatment period. No side effects were observed during treatment.


Acupotomy had shown a positive clinical effect in the treatment of a headache in this case series. Further studies are required for its application on various headache.

Fig. 1

Change of Numerical Rating Scale(NRS)


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Fig. 1

Change of Numerical Rating Scale(NRS)