Acupuncture as an Alternative Therapy in the Management of Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)

Letícia Dussarrat Brito Oliveira (Department of Health Sciences and Children’s Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Piracicaba, State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil)
Maria da Luz Rosário de Sousa (Department of Health Sciences and Children’s Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Piracicaba, State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil)
Maria Lúcia Bressiani Gil (Department of Health Sciences and Children’s Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Piracicaba, State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil)
Cássia Maria Grillo (Department of Health Sciences and Children’s Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Piracicaba, State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil)
Vera Lúcia Rasera Zotelli (Department of Health Sciences and Children’s Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Piracicaba, State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil)
Edson Shizuo Tanaka (Department of Health Sciences and Children’s Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Piracicaba, State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil)

Article ID: 3177

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/jim.v10i1.3177

Abstract


In the routine of dental care, complaints of burning sensation, burning tongue and dry mouth are frequent. Due to the complexity of etiology and diagnosis, treating patients with these sensations is a challenge for clinicians. This study aimed to assess acupuncture as an alternative therapy for patients with burning mouth syndrome (BMS). Clinical data were collected from visits of patients to the School of Dentistry of Piracicaba, State University of Campinas, with the application of a protocol of acupuncture points: LI-4 (Hegu), HT-7 (Shenmen), SP-6 (Sanyinjiao), ST36 (Zusanli), REN-23 (Lianquan), REN-6 (Qihai), LI-11 (Quchi), ExHn3 (Yintang), LV-3 (Taichong), ExHn12 (Jinjin), and ExHn13 (Yuye) to treat the symptoms of BMS, from August 2017 to March 2020. The sample consisted of 6 volunteers – 5 female and 1 male patients – aged 40 to 79 years. The intensity of BMS was assessed before and after each session with self-reported verbal numerical rating scale (VNRS) during the treatment. On average, each patient had 8.16 sessions using 9.92 acupuncture points per session. Variation of VNRS during the treatment showed a decline in burning mouth in most patients, and 83.34% of the sample showed partial or total improvement of symptoms. This study showed that acupuncture was effective in relieving burning mouth, reducing it by 43%, representing an alternative therapy in the management of symptoms of burning mouth syndrome.


Keywords


Burning mouth syndrome;Acupuncture points;Acupuncture therapy

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