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Re: Electroacupuncture May be Effective for Depression

Posted by Hugh on April 12, 2012, at 13:50:32

In reply to Re: Electroacupuncture May be Effective for Depression, posted by B2chica on April 12, 2012, at 11:35:19

> wouldnt this be like DBS?
> i dont know enough about DBS so i'm not sure.
> and i wonder how long the effects last.

DBS stimulates Brodmann area 25, which is deep within the brain. If acupuncture affects this area, it would be indirectly.

These are the seven acupoints stimulated in this new protocol for depression:

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, stimulating acupoints of the head can boost brain power, regulate yin yang and relieve depression. Traditionally acupoints Bai Hui and Yin Tang are used to treat depression. In DCEAS, Dr Zhang believes that stimulating Bai Hui and Yin Tang, together with other acupoints including Si Shen Cong, Tou Lin Qi, Tai Yang, Shuai Gu and Tou Wei, can stimulate the release of serotonin (5-HT) and other chemicals in the brain more efficiently, resulting in better treatment outcomes.




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