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Table 5 Care for facial palsy—Korean traditional medicine treatment

From: Analysis of medical services provided to patients with peripheral facial palsy in Korea: a descriptive, cross-sectional study of the health insurance review and assessment service national patient sample database

  Total Outpatientsa Inpatientsb
N % N % N %
  3676   3633   195  
Acupuncture therapy
Basic acupuncture 3613 98.3 3571 98.3 194 99.5
Special acupuncture
 Penetration needling 2676 72.8 2627 72.3 178 91.3
 Intra-articular 849 23.1 844 23.2 7 3.6
 Intervertebral 309 8.4 304 8.4 6 3.1
 Orbital 273 7.4 257 7.1 29 14.9
 Intra-abdominal 128 3.5 127 3.5 3 1.5
Electric acupuncture stimulation 1506 41.0 1477 40.7 123 63.1
Moxibustion 1359 37.0 1296 35.7 127 65.1
Cupping
 Wet cupping 1074 29.2 1033 28.4 77 39.5
 Dry cupping 1166 31.7 1104 30.4 94 48.2
Warming meridian 2398 65.2 2373 65.3 145 74.4
Tests
 Meridian function test 188 5.1 172 4.7 18 9.2
 Electro-pulse graph 41 1.1 31 0.9 11 5.6
 Ryodoraku 18 0.5 16 0.4 3 1.5
  1. aOutpatients: Patients with at least one outpatient visit
  2. bInpatients: Patients who used inpatient services at least once