[Assessment of effectiveness of electroacupuncture and fluoxetine for treatment of depression with physical symptoms]

Author: Duan DM, Tu Y, Chen LP.
Section of TCM and Acupuncture, PLA General Hospital, Beijing, and Acupuncture College, Beijing University of TCM, Beijing, China. dongmei-d@hotmail.com
Conference/Journal: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu.
Date published: 2008 Mar
Other: Volume ID: 28 , Issue ID: 3 , Pages: 167-70 , Special Notes: [Article in Chinese] , Word Count: 209

OBJECTIVE: To study on clinical therapeutic effect and safety of electroacupuncture and Fluoxetine for treatment of mild or moderate depression with physical symptoms. METHODS: Seventy-five cases were randomly divided into a western medicine group (group A), an electroacupunctue group(group B) and an electroacupuncture plus medicine group (group C), 25 cases in each group. The group A were treated by oral Fluoxetine, 20 mg each day; the group B by electroacupuncture with Baihui (GV 20) and Yintang (EX-HN 3) selected as main points; the group C by oral administration of Fluoxetine plus electroacupunctue. HAMD depression scale was used for assessment of clinical therapeutic effect and TESS adverse reaction scale was used for adverse reactions. RESULTS: The clinical effective rate was 78.3% in the group A, 82.6% in the group B and 91.7% in the group C, with significant differences between group C and A, group C and B (P < 0.05). Groups B and C had significant therapeutic effects in improvement of physical symptoms, and the adverse reaction of Fluoxetine in the group C was less than that in the group A. CONCLUSION: Electroacupuncture can significantly improve physical symptoms and relieve adverse reactions of Fluoxetine. Electroacupuncture combined with Fluoxetine has a better therapeutic effect on depression with mild or moderate physical symptoms, with less adverse reactions.
PMID: 18447212