Wien Med Wochenschr. 1998 ; 148(19): 457-8.
[Blepharospasm and acupuncture--initial results of a treatment trial]
Universitätsklinik für Augenheilkunde und Optometrie, Wien. [email protected]
Blepharospasm is a dystonia of the orbicularis muscle. The background is still unknown, but it appears together with organic and psychic diseases. The therapy with botulinum toxine is symptomatically but efficient. Because of the relaxing effect on the psychological and autonomous nervous disorders we performed a pilot study with acupuncture. There was a neurological observation first, then a ophthalmologic examination of the ocular surface. Blepharospasm was measured by the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), the social disorders by the Elston-Score. We performed acupuncture treatment 10 times once weekly. The used points were local points with higher sensitivity, and points with empiric relaxation effect. 5 patients were included. The mean of Elston score was 3 before acupuncture and 4 after acupuncture. The VAS increased from 33.3 to 69/100 points. But there were fluctuations of dystonias. In conclusion acupuncture maybe a good method for this difficult disease additionally.