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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Scalp acupuncture treatment cures anxiety disorders – a case report

Scalp acupuncture with electronic stimulation produces remarkable immediate and long-term therapeutic effects on patients with general anxiety disorders or posttraumatic stress disorder, according to a report published in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine.

Anxiety disorders are one of most common psychiatric disorders in Western countries. In the United States, around 40 million adults aged 18 or over have suffered from the condition. Anxiety disorders include general anxiety disorders, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and many others. It is believed that genetic inheritance, abnormal brain neurotransmissions are involved in development of the disorders. Conventional approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy and medication. The latter has many adverse effects. Acupuncture is a popular alternative treatment for the condition.

Dr. Y He and colleagues in the United States designed a scalp acupuncture treatment with two new stimulation areas, one is between Yintang (M-HN-3), Shangxing (DU-23) and Shenting (DU-24) and another is between Taiyang (M-HN-9), Tianchong (GB-9) and Shuaigu (GB-8), to treat the patients with anxiety disorders. They reported two cases with remarkable therapeutic achievement.

The case one was a 70-year-old male with general anxiety disorder and panic attack at night. He was given scalp electroacupuncture for 45 min once a week. After 4 sessions of treatment patients was free of panic attack at night and of anxiety during the daytime. A 4-week follow up found he was still resolved from the condition.

The case two was a 35-year-old male veteran, diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder with symptoms of severe anxiety, insomnia, nightmare, etc plus multiple joint pains. He was treated with scalp electroacupuncture for his mental disorder and body acupuncture for his pain 30 min once a week. After two sessions of treatment, the patient reported that he felt less anxiety and had a better sleep. Following 6 sessions of treatment, patient completely recovered from his mental disorder and went back to work and lived a happy and healthy family life.

The study suggests that acupuncture is very effective in treating anxiety disorders.


He Y et al., Scalp acupuncture treatment protocol for anxiety disorders: a case report. Glob Adv Health Med. 2014 Jul;3(4):35-9. 

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