Acupuncture in Poliomyelitis

  • Zuraida Zulkarnain Department of Child Health, Universitas Indonesia/Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta
  • Yulfina Bisanto Department of Child Health, Universitas Indonesia/Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta
Keywords: acupuncture, poliomyelitis, paralytic, electromyogram


The purpose of the study is to evaluate the result of acupuncture in the early and late stage of the disease.

From January 2974 to December 1977, a total of 276 paralytic cases due to post-poliomyelitis were treated with acupuncture, with the age betseen 3 months and 12 years.

Clinically and electromyogram examination were eveluated only on 146 cases. Of the se, 78 cases (53.4%) showed marked improvement, 65 cases (44.5%), showed some improvement and only 3 cases (2.1%) showed no improvement.

There is a correlation between the result of the treatment and the duration of the disease. Of the 93 cases starting treatment within one month of the onset of paralysis, 71 cases (76.3%) showed marked improvement, while 22 cases (23.7%) showed some improvement or no improvement. Of the 53 cases starting treatment after one month of the illness, 7 cases (13.2%) showed marked improvement and 46 cases (86.8%)showed some improvement.

The technique of the treatment and applicable acupuncture points are described. The method is simple and without risk for the patient.


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How to Cite
Zulkarnain Z, Bisanto Y. Acupuncture in Poliomyelitis. PI [Internet]. 20Dec.2021 [cited 29Feb.2024];23(3-4):47-4. Available from:
Infection & Tropical Pediatrics
Received 2021-12-20
Published 2021-12-20