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Two Cases of Repetitive Episodic Tension-type Headache Patients who were Constitutionally Typed as Soyangin and Taeeumin

  • Journal of Sasang Constitutional Medicine
  • Abbr : J Sasang Constitut Med
  • 2010, 22(2), pp.123-134
  • Publisher : The Society Of Sasang Constitutional Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

박병주 1 신현상 1 강미정 2 이지원 1 장현수 3 Jun-Hee Lee 4 Eui Ju Lee 4 Koh Byung-Hee 4

1경희대학교 한의과대학 사상체질과
2경희대학교 대학원 임상한의학과 체질의학
3경희대학교
4경희대학교 한의과대학 사상체질과

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1. Objectives This study reports two cases of repetitive episodic tension-type headache patients who were each constitutionally typed as the Taeeum type and the Soyang type and respectively treated with Yanggyeoksanhwa-tang and Galgeunhaegi- tang. 2. Methods The patients' subjective and objective symptoms were observed daily, and the VAS scores for the main symptoms were recorded daily throughout hospitalization period. When deemed necessary, other assessment tools were engaged (Migraine-Specific Quality of Life questionnaire, Migraine Disablity Assessment questionnaire, Headache Impact Test-6, etc.). 3. Results The Soyang Type patient's headache improved by the end of hospitalization, with a dramatic drop in the VAS score from VAS 10 to VAS 2. The Taeeum Type patient's headache also showed improvement, with an equally dramatic decrease in the VAS score from VAS 10 to VAS 2. 4. Conclusion Although the two patients were experiencing the same symptoms of repetitive episodic tension-type headache, they were each given different medicinal interventions in accordance to their respective constitutional types. This series of cases is notable in that the two widely different medications (Yanggyeoksanhwa-tang and Galgeunhaegi-tang) were applied to specifically conforming pathologies (the Sogal symptomatology and the Ganyeol symptomatology, respectively) to produce equally dramatic improvements.

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