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KMID : 1129720110280040067
Korean Journal ofAcupuncture
2011 Volume.28 No. 4 p.67 ~ p.77
Survey on Ear Acupuncture Usage of Clinical Traditional Korean Medicine Doctor
Kim Ae-Ran

Lee Sang-Hun
Kim Jung-Eun
Kim Bo-Young
Kang Kyung-Won
Choi Sun-Mi
Abstract
Objectives: The survey was conducted to find out ear acupuncture usage of clinical traditional Korean medicine doctor and lay a foundation for the standards for its clinical application.

Methods: An e-mail was sent to Korean medicine doctors whose email addresses are registered at the Association of Korea Oriental Medicine twice over two weeks. 280 completed questionnaires were used for the analysis.

Results: 66.07% of respondents answered in use, whereas the answer that "less than 10 per 100 patient applied" was more than majority of 54.29%. The major field of treatment is addictive disorders such as smoking and the 80.11% patients got less than 3 days of treatment. Ear region was the most commonly treated area with 66.67%. Since the self removal frequency was high as 65.05% in compared to the case of visiting clinic. The rate of side effects was less than 10% (96.70%), and these side effects showed light symptoms such as "pain" (46.95%), itchiness (29.27%), flare (19.51%). The Acquired complements for improving ear acupuncture treatment was "the development of effective treatment manual" (28.57%) and "increasing insurance costs" (27.86%).

Conclusions: Based on the survey, the vast majority of the TKM doctor used ear acupuncture but the frequency of use was low. We hope this study can be the basis for development of treatment manuals for various indications and safe treatment guidelines.
KEYWORD
clinical traditional Korean medicine doctor, ear acupuncture, intradermal acupuncture, survey
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