A main symptom of degenerative lumbar instability syndrome is low back pain. Traditional Chinese medicine as a conservative therapy has certain effects for treating degenerative lumbar instability syndrome and plays a significant role in the conservative treatment. Traditional Chinese medicine treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture and moxibus- tion, acupetomy, massage and so on, could relieve stagnation and alleviate pain by dredging meridians and activating qi and blood. Acupuncture therapy is performed according to the rule of following meridians and choosing acupeints assisted with remote acupoints selected by syndrome differentiation; acupotomy therapy directly effects on the fascia layer of twelve merid- ians,which can improve microcirculation of the pathological small blood vessels and contracture muscle and soft tissue, and prevent aseptic inflammation. Massage therapy can promote the microcireulation of the lesion tissue, increase the pain threshold of local tissue and change the condition of contracture muscle and spasm, which ultimately promotes the stability of intervertebral joint with removing abnormal pull stress;traditional Chinese medicine therapy includes internal orally and external use, and internal orally use is usually based on the method of tonifying the liver and kidney, strengthening the bones and muscles, while external use includes herbal plaster, herbal fumigation and herb iontophores method etc. Although tradi- tional Chinese medicine is of great significance for treating degenerative lumbar instability syndrome in clinical practice, there is limited and scattered evidence in literature, therefore, we need to verify, so/t and integrate the existing data and report, so as to provide clues for the future clinical practice.
Degenerative lumbar instability syndrome
Low back pain
Traditional Chinese medicin