Treatment of schizophrenia with acupuncture-moxibustion and Chinese medicine

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Treatment of schizophrenia with acupuncture-moxibustion and Chinese medicine.

A group of 53 patients, aged 17 to 50, with a diagnosis of schizophrenia of 1 week to 3 years duration were treated (with the aid of several assistants) for 7 to 30 days. Points GV. 23 and 26, PC.6 through to TE.5, and GB.39 through to SP. 6 were alternated every other day with Yintang, LI.4 through to SI.3, LR.3 and GB.34 through to SP.9, then with GV. 17, LI.11 through to HT. 3 and KI.1. Herbal treatment (Ding Jing Hong)was added. Cases are illustrated. A total cure is claimed, with 11 patients relapsing and requiring 1 or 2 more courses over the ensuing 3 years.

Comment: The follow up time is valid for remission and the number of treatments required is valid for such a severe disorder. The use of extensive through acupuncture, needling across an arm, hand, or leg, is unacceptable in the West, more painful, and potentially with greater side effects; testing whether two needles at the paired points is as effective would seem essential. The herbal formula might be important: it results in bowel cleansing, and the authors suspect faecal toxins to be an aggravating factor in this disorder.

The British Medical Acupuncture Society.

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By Russell J. Erickson

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