Curative effect of acupuncture on quality of life in patient with depression: a clinical randomized single-blind placebo-controlled study

Ling Fan, Wenbin Fu, Zhao Chen, Nenggui Xu, Jianhua Liu, Aiping LYU, Shengyong Su, Taixiang Wu, Aihua Ou

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the quality of life in patients with depression by clinical randomized single-blind placebo-controlled study.

METHODS: one hundred and sixty-three cases of depression according with the inclusion criteria were randomly divided into a group of acupuncture dredging liver and regulating flow of theosophy (group 1), a group of acupoint shallow stab (group 2) and a group of non-acupoint shallow stab (group 3) at 1 : 1 : 1 ratio, and treated with acupuncture, moxibustion, and intradermal embedding of needle, twice a week, for a total of 12 weeks. Scale of Quality of Life (SF-36) was used to measure the scores at four different time points and evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the quality of life of the patients with depression.

RESULTS: At each time point after treatment, in scores of the 8 items, physical function, physical role, bodily pain, general physical condition, energy, social function, emotional function and mental health there were statistically significant differences among the 3 groups (P < 0.0125).

CONCLUSION: Acupuncture can effectively improve the quality of life of patients with depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-159
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Volume36
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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