Anxiety can be treated well by TCM
I have treated dozens people with Anxiety since I worked in Switzerland in 2011. These people show many different types of symptoms. Sometimes it is general anxiety, which means people worry or scare with no specific reason. But other people can suffer from specific condition, such as scaring of driving through tunnels, or take airplane, train or tram, or even go to shopping center. Lots of them also suffer from panic attack. It may accompany with depression as well. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the cause of anxiety is from injury in heart meridian. It can be relieved by treating the heart meridian, through acupuncture or herbs. After treatment, the patients can do things which they scared to do in the past. And the panic attack can disappear.
And there are many other illness can be related to anxiety, such as IBS, irritable bladder, unexplained stomach pain, difficulty of concentration, insomnia, and restless legs. I have treated all mentioned patients with high success rate, using the same way as treating anxiety. Even more, comparing with anti anxiety medicine, the acupuncture have no side effects at all. I strongly recommend people with anxiety to look for acupuncture treatment by an experienced, skilled TCM practitioner.
Abstract: [Objectives] To observe the response rate and the remission rate of acupuncture plus moxibustion in treating major depressive disorder(MDD), and to compare them with the SSRI antidepressant citalopram in STAR*D. [Method] This is a real world study. The study was carried out in a private practice located in a small city of Switzerland from Nov 2016 to Mar 2018. Any patient who met the criteria of inclusion was observed. Altogether 13 patients, 11 women and 2 men, are included according to the diagnosis of MDD. The age is between 23 and 69, 46.31±SD14.53. They may have anxiety and different general medical conditions. Acupuncture was used on the points SI19,HT5,HT4,ST25,KI4,ST41,GB35,KI9, and moxibustion was used on the points BL15,BL19,BL20. Every patient had maximal 10 sessions of treatments. The PHQ9 was recorded before and after treatments. GAD7 was recorded to measure the severity of anxiety before and after treatments when patients report anxious symptoms. The response rate and the remission rate were compared with antidepressants citalopram in the first level of STAR*D research. [Results] Before the treatment, all patients’ scores of PHQ9 are between 10 and 25. After treatment, the scores of ten patients are below 5, one is 50% above the initial score, and two patients dropped out. So both the response rate and remission rate are 76.9%. Comparing with the response rate and remission rate of Citalopram in the first level of STAR*D, 47% and 33% individually, this pilot study shows that acupuncture and moxibustion treatment could approach much higher response rate and remission rate in treating MDD and further researches is strongly advised to confirm this result.
Key words: Major depressive disorder; anxiety; Citalopram; Acupuncture; Moxibustion; STAR*D