Clinical observation on the treatment of 42 cases of post-stroke depression by acupuncture plus Chinese herbs

  • Zhu Zhong-chun
  • Zhang Chen-guang
  • Yu Ming-zhe
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Purpose: To observe the clinical therapeutic effect of acupuncture plus Chinese herbs in treatment of poststroke depression. Methods: Forty-two cases of poststroke depression were treated by acupuncture plus Chinese herbs, and 30 cases of poststroke depression were treated by Western drug as control. Results: After 6 weeks of treatment, the scores of Hamilton Depressive Scale in two groups were all reduced statistically and remarkably when compared with before treatment; when the acupuncture plus Chinese herbs group were compared with Western drugs group, no significant difference was found in total effective rate. Conclusion: Acupuncture plus Chinese herbs had marked therapeutic effect in the treatment of poststroke depression, and had the advantages of safety and no side effect.

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Cerebrovascular Accident Depression Acupuncture Medication Combined Acupuncture Therapy Drug Therapy (TCD) 

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© Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture and Meridian and Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhu Zhong-chun
    • 1
  • Zhang Chen-guang
    • 2
  • Yu Ming-zhe
    • 3
  1. 1.Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture and MeridiansShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Department of Chinese MedicineJinan UniversityGuangdongChina
  3. 3.Guoyitang Clinic of TCMU.S.A.

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