Acupuncture for psychogenic movement disorders: treatment or diagnostic tool?

Mov Disord. 2007 Jul 15;22(9):1353-5. doi: 10.1002/mds.21467.


Psychogenic movement disorders are common in everyday neurological practice, comprising up to 25% of the patient population in movement disorders clinics. The diagnosis is often difficult, as is illustrated by the high proportion of patients with an organic neurological disease whose movement disorder is misdiagnosed as psychogenic. Here, we describe a woman with a longstanding and treatment-resistant psychogenic movement disorder that responded dramatically to acupuncture. The diagnostic and therapeutic merits of acupuncture are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Movement Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Movement Disorders* / psychology
  • Movement Disorders* / therapy
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / therapy