Curative effect of acupuncture on quality of life in patient with depression: a clinical randomized single-blind placebo-controlled study

J Tradit Chin Med. 2016 Apr;36(2):151-9. doi: 10.1016/s0254-6272(16)30021-8.


Objective: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the quality of life in patients with depression by clinical randomized single-blind placebo-controlled study.

Methods: one hundred and sixty-three cases of depression according with the inclusion criteria were randomly divided into a group of acupuncture dredging liver and regulating flow of theosophy (group 1), a group of acupoint shallow stab (group 2) and a group of non-acupoint shallow stab (group 3) at 1 : 1 : 1 ratio, and treated with acupuncture, moxibustion, and intradermal embedding of needle, twice a week, for a total of 12 weeks. Scale of Quality of Life (SF-36) was used to measure the scores at four different time points and evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the quality of life of the patients with depression.

Results: At each time point after treatment, in scores of the 8 items, physical function, physical role, bodily pain, general physical condition, energy, social function, emotional function and mental health there were statistically significant differences among the 3 groups (P < 0.0125).

Conclusion: Acupuncture can effectively improve the quality of life of patients with depression.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Points
  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Adult
  • Depression / psychology
  • Depression / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult