Case of post-stroke depression

Publication date: Available online 17 March 2018 Source:World Journal of Acupuncture - Moxibustion Author(s): LIN Fa-cai By adopting the psychosomatic therapy, the author treated 1 case of post-stroke depression through applying traditional acupuncture, acupoint injection combined with TCM five-element music therapy. After treatment, the neurological functions of the patient obviously recovered, Hamilton Depression (HAMD) Scale (17 items) score reduced, the levels of tumor necrosis factor and hypersensitive C-reactive protein both declined, and all the indicators were improved significantly, indicating that the curative effect of acupuncture combined with TCM five-element music therapy on this PSD patient was significant, and this treatment method was worthy of further exploration.
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

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