Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 101–103

Clinical observation on aligned needling in treating idiopathic blepharospasm

Special Topic Study

DOI: 10.1007/s11726-013-0667-4

Cite this article as:
Du, Hy. & Yu, Xy. J. Acupunct. Tuina. Sci. (2013) 11: 101. doi:10.1007/s11726-013-0667-4



To observe the clinical effect of aligned needling method in treating idiopathic blepharospasm.


Seventy-eight patients with idiopathic blepharospasm were randomized into two groups. Forty-six cases in the treatment group were treated with aligned needling method applied to orbicularis oculi muscles; 32 cases in the control group were treated with anticonvulsants. Therapeutic effects were compared after 3 treatment courses.


The total effective rate was 93.5% in the treatment group versus 75.0% in the control group, and the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05).


Aligned needling method applied to orbicularis oculi muscle has better therapeutic effect than anticonvulsants in treating blepharospasm.

Key Words

Acupuncture TherapyNeedling MethodsBlepharospasm

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© Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture and Meridian and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ophthalmology DepartmentHangzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese MedicineHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Ophthalmology DepartmentDongfang Hospital Affiliated to Beijing University of Traditional Chinese MedicineBeijingChina