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A Review on the Korean Medicine Treatment for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
The Journal of Korea CHUNA Manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves 2018;13:55-68
Published online June 30, 2018
Copyright © 2018 Korean Society of Chuna manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves.

Tae-young Oh, K.M.D.1, Eun-mi Oh, K.M.D.1, Hyun-Ju Ha, K.M.D.1, Yu-chen Lee, K.M.D.2, Min-seok Oh, K.M.D.1

1Department of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation, College of Korean Medicine, Daejeon University
2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, Korean Medicine Hospital in Cheon-an, Daejeon University
Correspondence to: Min-seok Oh, Department of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation, College of Korean Medicine, Daejeon University, 75, Daedeok-daero 176beon-gil, Seo-gu, Daejeon, 35235, Republic of Korea
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Received May 24, 2018; Revised June 7, 2018; Accepted June 12, 2018.
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 objective of this study was to review the trends of Korean medicine-based treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome(TOS).
Methods: Korean and foreign on-line databases(Pubmed, Cochran Library, CNKI, NDSL KISS and OASIS) were researched for articles discussing Korean medicine-based treatment for TOS. Repeated articles, review articles, commentaries, and those not relevant to the topic of study were excluded.
Results: The total number of studies selected was 26, which included 18 case reports and 8 randomized controlled trials(RCT). In these studies, acupuncture, pharmacopuncture, acupotomy, and warm acupuncture were used as interventions for TOS.Chuna therapy was found to be the most commonly used combination treatment. Despite the high prevalence of TOS, only 3 case reports of the 26 studies selected in this review were published in Korean academic journals.
Conclusions: In this study, we analyzed the trends of traditional Korean medicine-based treatment for TOS. The results showed that Korean medicine-based treatment could be an effective method for treating TOS.
Keywords : Thoracic outlet syndrome, Anterior scalenus syndrome, Acupuncture, Korean Medicine, Acupotomy

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