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KMID : 1129720110280040125
Korean Journal ofAcupuncture
2011 Volume.28 No. 4 p.125 ~ p.135
Ryodoraku Application for Diagnosis : a Review of Korean Literature
Noh Seung-Hee

Kim Kun-Hyung
Yoon Young-Jin
Yang Gi-Young
Kim Jae-Kyu
Lee Byung-Ryul
Yim Yun-Kyoung
Abstract
Objectives: This study is aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of Ryodoraku for traditional Korean medicine practice reported in the Korean literature.

Methods: A search of seven Korean databases was performed up to May 2011 using the search term ’Ryodoraku(in Korean)’. All clinical studies on diagnostic Ryodoraku characteristics were included.

Results: The search yielded 59 studies, of which 5 were considered suitable for this analysis. Four were observational studies. Only one was a controlled trial. Average Ryodoraku score(RS), mean values for each measure point, physiologic limit, number of Pyesaek and Gyeokcha, and pattern classification were used as references for the analysis. Correlations were observed between average RS and idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, some sub-groups of respiratory disease, chronic low back pain, and menopause. Some mean values for measure points showed particularly high or low tendencies in patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, chronic low back pain, and menopause. Positive correlations were observed between the number of Pyesaek and H-Y stage in idiopathic Parkinson’s disease and F2(肝) and the modified Kupperman’s index with menopausal women. The four classes, organized based on Ryodoraku pattern, showed differences in various characteristics.

Conclusions: Since only five studies met the experimental conditions, this evaluation of the diagnostic value of Ryodoraku in various situations is limited. Future studies should be conducted using various physiologic and pathologic situations.
KEYWORD
Ryodoraku, diagnosis, Korean medicine, literature review
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