Depressive neurosis treated by acupuncture for regulating the liver--a report of 176 cases
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE: To observe therapeutic effect of acupuncture for regulating the liver on depressive neurosis. METHODS: In a multi-center randomized controlled trial, 440 patients were divided into 3 groups: Acupuncture group for regulating the liver (Acup., 176 cases) was treated by acupuncture at Siguan Points, i.e., bilateral Hegu (LI 4) and Taichong (LR 3), Baihui (GV 20) and Yintang (EX-HN3) plus ear-acupuncture, Prozac group (P., 176 cases) by oral administration of Prozac, and Non-acupoint needling group (NAN, 88 cases) by acupuncture at non-acupoints as acupuncture placebo. Self-rating Depression Scale (SDS) was examined before treatment, and one month, two and three months after treatment respectively to evaluate therapeutic effect, and Rating Scale for Side Effects (SERS) was used to evaluate the safety. RESULTS: After one month of treatment, SDS scores in Acup. Group were significantly lower than that in P. Group (P < 0.05) and than that in NAN Group (P < 0.01), and SDS scores in P. Group were lower than that in NAN Group (P < 0.05), showing the SDS scores in Acup. Group < P. Group < NAN Group. After 2 months of treatment, SDS scores in Acup. Group were also significantly lower than that in P. Group (P < 0.01) and than that in NAN Group (P < 0.01), and SDS scores in P. Group were also lower than that in NAN Group (P < 0.05), showing the SDS scores in Acup. Group <P. Group <NAN Group. After 3 months of treatment, SDS scores in Acup. Group were also significantly lower than that in P. Group (P < 0.01) and than that in NAN Group (P < 0.01), and SDS scores in P. Group were also lower than that in NAN Group (P < 0.01), showing the SDS score in Acup. Group < P. Group < NAN Group. After treatment, SERS scores were 0.16 +/- 0.95, 6.51 +/- 5.09 and 0.23 +/- 1.36 in Acup. Group, P. Group and NAN Group respectively. A significant difference existed between Acup. Group and P. Group (P < 0.05), but no significant difference between Acup. Group and NAN Group (P > 0.05), showing the SERS scores in Acup. Group < NAN Group < P. Group. No side effect was found in Acup. and NAN groups. CONCLUSION: The therapeutic effect of acupuncture on depressive neurosis is better than or similar to that of Prozac but with less side effect.

Author(s): 
Fu, Wen-Bin
Fan, Li
Zhu, Xiao-Ping
He, Qing
Wang, Ling
Zhuang, Li-xing
Liu, Yuan-sheng
Tang, Chun-zhi
Li, Ying-wen
Meng, Chang-rong
Zhang, Hong-lai
Yan, Jie
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Tradit Chin Med
Publication Date: 
Jun 2009
Publication Year: 
2009
Pages: 
83-86
Volume: 
29
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
0255-2922
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 19663089

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Wen-Bin Fu, Li Fan, Xiao-Ping Zhu, Qing He, Ling Wang, Li-xing Zhuang, Yuan-sheng Liu, Chun-zhi Tang, Ying-wen Li, Chang-rong Meng, Hong-lai Zhang and Jie Yan. Jun 2009. "Depressive neurosis treated by acupuncture for regulating the liver--a report of 176 cases." Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine 29: 2: 83-86.

Wikipedia Citation

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