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Acupuncture for keloid scar

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Figure 1 shows keloid scar six months after repair of a Colles' fracture to the left wrist of a 27 year old female. It was persistently sensitive, and plastic surgery had been offered. Figure 2 shows acupuncture needles ‘circling the dragon’: up to ten small needles (0.20x15mm, Seirin, without guide tube) were placed in healthy skin as close to the edge as possible and approximately 1cm apart, with no stimulation. The patient was aware of improvement straightaway, and after eight further treatments over four months the scar was flatter and much less sensitive. Figure 3 shows the scar after six months – free of pain or other symptoms and not needing surgery.

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