Lichen Planus

Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2001 Dec;19(6):366-8.

A study of millimeter wave’s clinical and immunological effects on oral lichen planus patients.

[Article in Chinese]

Jin Z, Lin M, Xia J, Zhuang J, Yang R, Li X, He Y.

Dental Center of Shengzhen People’s Hospital.


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to observe clinical effects of the millimeter wave on oral lichen planus (OLP) and its immune mechanisms.

METHODS: 30 patients with OLP were randomized into the millimeter wave group and the control group. 15 patients in the millimeter wave group were treated with millimeter wave (7.1 mm, 43 GHz, 10 mW/cm2) radiation, while the other 15 patients in the control group were just given soothing treatment. Either before or after the therapy procedure, the clinical manifestations and the T-cell sub-grouping in the peripheral circulation of each patient were double-blindly evaluated.

RESULTS: The pain-soothing effect in the patients treated with millimeter wave was much more obvious than that of the control group (P < 0.01). The peripheral blood CD8+ percent of millimeter wave group decreased greatly (P < 0.05), while no obvious CD8+ change was observed in the control group (P > 0.05). The millimeter wave group’s CD4+/CD8+ improvement was also much more obvious than that of the control group (P < 0.05), and its CD4+/CD8+ ratio was completely recovered to the normal level.

CONCLUSION: Millimeter wave can effectively relieve OLP patients’ pain, and can regulate OLP patients’ cellular immune condition. Millimeter wave might provide a new treatment method for OLP.