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Academic Journal of Medicine & Health Sciences, 2024, 5(1); doi: 10.25236/AJMHS.2024.050110.

Acupuncture for Spasmodic Torticollis Selection Based on Complex Network Analysis


Yaoxuan Ma1, Yunjuan Wang1, Haiyan Ma1, Yue Feng2, Hongyan Qu1

Corresponding Author:
Hongyan Qu

1Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine, Xianyang, Shaanxi, 712046, China

2North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan, Hebei, 063000, China


In order to use complex network technology to explore the acupoint selection rules for acupuncture treatment of spasmodic torticollis. We retrieved the relevant clinical research literature of Chinese database CNKI, Wanfang, Weipu and PubMed until August 1, 2023 for acupuncture treatment of spasmodic torticollis, strictly followed the screening criteria, and extracted acupuncture prescriptions. We used Excel to establish a prescription database for acupuncture treatment of spasmodic torticollis, and counted the frequency, meridians and specific acupoints. We used Gephi 0.10.1 to complete complex network modeling, and carried out topology analysis, acupoint colineal network and core acupoint analysis. Resultly, adult spasmodic torticollis (ST) included a total of 26 documents, including 38 acupuncture prescriptions, involving 96 acupuncture points, and the total frequency of acupuncture points was 443 times. The first five high-frequency acupuncture points are Baihui, Fengchi, Shuigou, Tianzhu and Yintang; the first three high-frequency acupuncture points are Baihui-Shuigou, Baihui-Yantang, Shuigou-Yongquan; 36 core acupuncture points such as Baihui, Shuigou, Fengchi, Tianzhu, Taichong, Yongquan and Zusanli were screened through k-core hierarchical analysis. In conclusion, acupuncture treatment of spasmodic torticollis is mainly based on specific acupoints, especially the Five Shu points, mostly using the upper and lower acupoint method and Shu-Mu Acupuncture. Clinical syndrome focuses on syndrome differentiation and treatment, which can provide reference for clinical acupuncture treatment of torticollis.


Spasmodic torticollis; acupuncture; acupoint selection rules; complex network

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Yaoxuan Ma, Yunjuan Wang, Haiyan Ma, Yue Feng, Hongyan Qu. Acupuncture for Spasmodic Torticollis Selection Based on Complex Network Analysis. Academic Journal of Medicine & Health Sciences (2024), Vol. 5, Issue 1: 60-68. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJMHS.2024.050110.


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