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J Korean Med Rehabil 2019 Apr; 29(2): 149-158  
A Review of the Korean Traditional Medicine for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Published online April 30, 2019
Copyright © 2019 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Da-young Byun, K.M.D.*, Gi-eon Lee, K.M.D.*, Ji-ae Roh, K.M.D.*, Hyo-jun Kim, K.M.D., Suk-won Huh, K.M.D., Si-hoon Han, K.M.D.

Department of Clinical Korean Medicine, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University*, Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, Daejeon Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine
Correspondence to: Si-hoon Han, Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, Daejeon Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, 58 Munjeong-ro 48beon-gil, Seo-gu, Daejeon 35262, Korea
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Received: March 19, 2019; Accepted: March 29, 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.

Objectives This study was performed to research the trends of Korean traditional medicine treatment for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM).

Methods Clinical studies about Korean traditional medicine of CSM were searched in 7 online databases. We extracted the characteristics of selected studies according to author, publication year, country, research design, treatment methods, evaluation tools, and adverse events.

Results Nineteen studies were selected in online databases. The included studies consist of 8 uncontrolled trial, 7 case reports, 3 randomized controlled trials and 1 non-randomized controlled trials. In these studies, various Korean traditional medicine treatments were performed, and herbal medicine was the most common. The most commonly used outcomes was effective rate.

Conclusions This study showed that Korean traditional medicine could be an effective treatment for CSM. It was suggested that various studies should be conducted to provide objective evidence of the therapeutic effects of Korean traditional medicine treatment for CSM.

Keywords : Cervical spondylosis, Myelopathy, Acupuncture, Korean traditional medicine

April 2019, 29 (2)

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