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J Korean Med Rehabi 2019 Jul; 29(3): 157-163  
The Effectiveness of Ultrasound-Guided Essential Bee Venom Pharmacopuncture Combined with Integrative Korean Medical Treatment for Rib Fracture: A Case Study
Published online July 31, 2019
Copyright © 2019 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Tae-Seok Ahn, K.M.D.*, Ji-Hyun Moon, K.M.D.*, Chang-Young Park, K.M.D.*, Myung-Jin Oh, K.M.D., Yoo-Min Choi, K.M.D.

Varo Korean Medicine Clinic*, Kuemkang Korean Medicine Clinic, Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Woosuk University Medical Center
Correspondence to: Yoo Min Choi, Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Woosuk University Medical Center, 46, Eoeun-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju 54987, Korea
TEL (063) 220-8736
FAX (063) 227-6234
Received: June 12, 2019; Revised: July 1, 2019; Accepted: July 4, 2019
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
This study is to report the usefulness of ultrasound in diagnosing rib fracture and the effectiveness of ultrasound-guided essential bee venom pharmacopuncture as a treatment of it. A 46-year-old unable to find a fracture by chest radiography was diagnosed it on ultrasound. The patient was applied integrative Korean medical treatments and ultrasound- guided essential bee venom pharmacopuncture at the fracture site for 4 weeks, 18 times total. Numeral rating scale (NRS) was used to evaluate the amount of pain. The chest pain when turning over the body was reduced from NRS 8 to 2 for 4 weeks. The remarkable aspect is that the pain was immediately relieved after phamacopuncture and its effect lasted for 3 hours. This report suggests ultrasound can be useful for diagnosing rib fracture and also helpful for safety and accuracy of pharmacopuncture. Additionally, essential bee venom can be considered one of the methods of treating rib fracture.
Keywords : Rib fractures, Ultrasonography, Essential bee venom, Pharmacopuncture

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