Control Observation on Electroacupuncture and Amitriptyline for Treatment of Depression
Kang Bo, Zhang Pinggen, Xiong Shengcai, et al. (Yichun Municipal Third Peoples Hospital, Jiangxi 336000, China)
［Abstract］Purpose To compare therapeutic effects of electroacupuncture and Amitriptyline on depression. Methods 52 cases of depression were randomly divided into 2 groups, 26 cases in each group. They were treated respectively with electroacupuncture and Amitriptyline for 6 courses, and HAMD Rating Scale and a criterior of assessment for 4-grade therapeutic effects were adopted. Results The markedly effective rate was 61.54% in the electroacupuncture group and 65.38% in the Amitriptyline group. The Amitriptyline produced earlier the marked effect, but adverse effects of Amitriptyline were more obvious, particularlly changes of electrocardiogram, as compared with electroacupuncture.Conclusion Electroacupuncture and Amitriptyline have better therapeutic effect and also, electroacupuncture is suitable to the patients of senile depression or accompanied with cardiovascular diseases.......