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April 11, 2010

Effects of Acupuncture in Post-Viral Olfactory Dysfunction

Persistent post-viral olfactory dysfunction (PVOD), resulting in loss of smell, can profoundly influence a patient's quality of life. The sense of smell determines the flavor of foods and beverages and serves as an early warning system for the detection of environmental hazards, such as spoiled food, leaking natural gas, smoke or airborne pollutants. The loss or distortion of smell can adversely influence food preference, food intake, and appetite.

In the current study, 15 patients presenting to an outpatient clinic with PVOD were treated by TCA in 10 weekly, 30-minute sessions. The effects of TCA were compared to matched pairs of people suffering from PVOD who had been treated with vitamin B complex. Eight patients treated with TCA experienced improved olfactory function, compared with only two who were treated with vitamin B complex.

The authors were quoted as saying, "…the observed high response rate of about 50 percent under TCA was superior to that of vitamin B complex or that of spontaneous remission, and offers a possible new therapeutic regimen in postviral dysosmia."

Abstract: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery April 2010

Posted by mpence at April 11, 2010 11:57 PM