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. 2016 Jun 1;12:1281-6.
doi: 10.2147/NDT.S107535. eCollection 2016.

Chronic Depression Treated Successfully With Novel Taping Therapy: A New Approach to the Treatment of Depression

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Chronic Depression Treated Successfully With Novel Taping Therapy: A New Approach to the Treatment of Depression

Chang Hyun Han et al. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. .
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Introduction: Despite improved research in the treatment, depression remains difficult to treat. Till date, successful treatment of depression using taping therapy has not been known yet. We report cases where patients with severe depressive symptoms were successfully treated by taping therapy, a new approach.

Methods: In case 1, a patient was taking several psychiatric medications for 10 years and admitted often to the psychiatric hospital with a leaning head, flexible legs, and nearly closed eyes; in case 2, a patient after a hysterectomy complained with heart palpitations, depressive- and anxiety-like behaviors, insomnia, and gastrointestinal problems; and in case 3, a patient with complaints of adverse effects from antidepressant medications had suicidal thoughts frequently. The medical tapes were placed on acupoints, trigger points, and pain points found by finger pressing examination in the chest, sides, and upper back of the patients.

Results: In case 1, the patient started weeping immediately after the first treatment. He discontinued psychiatric drugs and returned to baseline functioning after 2 months. In case 2, the patient felt at ease showing decreased palpitation immediately after the first treatment, and after 1 week, she quit medications. In case 3, the patient experienced a sense of calmness following the first treatment and recovered from her symptoms after 2 weeks.

Conclusion: These results suggest the following key points: examination of acupoints and trigger points of chest, sides, and upper back is useful in the assessment of depression; regulating bioelectric currents on these points is helpful in the treatment of depression; and depression can be treated successfully with taping therapy.

Keywords: acupoint; bioelectric current; bioelectricity; fatigue; insomnia; trigger point.


Figure 1
Figure 1
Appearance of type C of chimsband. Notes: One piece has two functional units, and one unit is composed of two silver lines (length of 4 mm and width of 2 mm) and one optical fiber (length of 4 mm and width of 0.5 mm).
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Figure 2
Attachment of type C of chimsband on the chest for depression.
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Figure 3
Attachment of type C of chimsband on the sides for depression.
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Figure 4
Attachment of type C of chimsband on the back for depression.

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