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J Korean Med Rehabil 2019 Apr; 29(2): 171-188  
An Intensive Review On Clinical Thesis about Hwangryunhaedok-tang Pharmacopuncture Treatment: Focused on Case Reports and Controlled Studies in Korean Academic Journals
Published online April 30, 2019
Copyright © 2019 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Soo-Hwan Lee, K.M.D., Soon-Joong Kim, K.M.D.

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, Semyung University Jecheon Korean Medicine Hospital
Correspondence to: Soon-Joong Kim, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, Semyung University Jecheon Korean Medicine Hospital, 66 Semyeong-ro, Jecheon 27136, Korea
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Received: March 13, 2019; Revised: April 1, 2019; Accepted: April 2, 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 The purpose of this thesis is to compare and analyze outcomes of case studies and controlled studies about Hwangryunhaedok-tang (HHT) pharmacopuncture in clinical studies. Based on these studies reporting clinical effects by using HHT pharmacopuncture, we object to deduct the comparative review in applying clinical disorders limitedly. And conclusionally, by using this comparative review, we aim to make the fine evidence in treating clinical specific diseases.

Methods We searched 106 studies about HHT pharmacopuncture from 6 Korean web databases by using in Korean word 'Hwangryunhaedok-tang pharmacopuncture'. This search had been progressed throughout 1 month (January, 2019). There was 106 thesis and we excluded studies that are not related to HHT pharmacopuncture, experimental research, not the case report or randomized controlled trials, non-randomized controlled trials, not using HHT pharmacopuncture, not using only one pharmacopuncture, and not using HHT pharmacopuncture for major treating method. As a result, 39 thesis are selected as a population.

Results We analyzed 34 case reports and 5 controlled studies. As the final outcome, HHT pharmacopuncture was used in musculoskeletal diseases, dermatopathy, and 32 specific diseases.

Conclusions After analyzing 39 studies, effective symptom changes clinically and statistically by using HHT pharmacopuncture herbal acupuncture were identified. However, these thesis designs were reported deficiently in many parts such as not excluding other confounding variables. After modifying defects of thesis design and conduct study, it can play a role as the evidence using HHT pharmacopuncture more precisely.

Keywords : Hwangryunhaedok-tang, HHT, Pharmacopuncture, Acupuncture, Case study, Randomized controlled trial

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