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Combined Acupuncture and Medication in Treating Depression

WANG Yue,ZHANG Qian-qiao.Chinese Medicine Hospital of Fushun,Liaoning 113008,China  
Objective To determine the therapeutic effect of combined acupuncture and medication in treating depression.Methods In acute stage,the 40 patients with depression in a treatment group were treated by acupuncture,and another 40 patients in a control group were treated by puncturing the points located 1 cun away from the acupoints selected in the treatment group.4 treatment courses were given in total.In remission stage,the treatment group was given self-made medicinal formula Jie Yu Yin,and the control was prescribed with orally administered Fluoxetine.The Hamilton Depression Scale(HMAD) was employed to evaluate the therapeutic effects in the two groups before and after treatment.Result The treatment group had similar result in improving depression related symptoms to the control group(P0.05),but with less adverse effects.Conclusion Acupuncture plus self-made Chinese medicinal formula Jie Yu Yin has determined effect in treating depression,with less adverse effects,lower relapse rate.
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