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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 263898, 5 pages
Research Article

Nonoperative Korean Medicine Combination Therapy for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Retrospective Case-Series Study

1Department of Spine Center, Mokhuri Neck & Back Hospital, Seoul 135-857, Republic of Korea
2Department of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-872, Republic of Korea
3Korean Medicine Clinical Trial Center, Korean Medicine Hospital, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Received 10 March 2015; Revised 9 April 2015; Accepted 29 April 2015

Academic Editor: Salih Mollahaliloglu

Copyright © 2015 Kiok Kim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This is a retrospective case series exploring the therapeutic benefits and harm of nonoperative Korean medicine combination therapy for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). The medical records of a total of 33 LSS patients, who were treated as inpatients at Mokhuri Neck and Back Hospital, Republic of Korea, from November 2010 to January 2012, were reviewed first and telephone survey on these patients was conducted after one year. Body acupuncture, pharmacoacupuncture, Chuna, and oral administration of herbal medicines were offered to all patients. A Visual analogue scale (VAS) of pain and the walking duration without pain were used to assess the patients during the approximately 1-month treatment period. The average VAS score of pain and the walking duration improved significantly; the VAS score decreased from 9 (SD, 1.15) to 2.75 (2.22) (), and the walking duration increased from 5.5 (6.66) to 16.75 (13.00) minutes (). No adverse event was reported during the treatment. In addition, the decreased pain level and improved function continued for over one year. Although we did not find definitive evidence, the study results suggest that KM combination therapy may be beneficial for decreasing pain and improving function in LSS patients and may produce comparatively few adverse events.