Effect of electroacupuncture therapy on serum serotonin levels of patients with anxiety symptoms

S. Surijadi, C. Simadibrata, A. Srilestari, J. S. Purba, R. Purwata

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Abstract

Anxiety is a feeling of fear that is accompanied by autonomic symptoms. Acupuncture is one of the alternative therapies to reduce anxiety. The present study aimed to determine the effect of electroacupuncture on serum serotonin levels and anxiety levels of patients with anxiety symptoms before and after therapy. This was a randomized clinical trial that included 38 participants with an (Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HARS) score of 14-27. Participants were divided into the treatment group (n = 19) and control group (n = 19). The HARS score of the treatment group decreased (14 ± 3.62; p < 0.001) with a success rate of 100% and was significantly higher than that of the control group. Meanwhile, the HARS score of the control group also decreased (1.31 ± 1.49; p = 0.001) with a success rate of 63%. Serum serotonin levels of the patients in the treatment group significantly differed before and after therapy [47(-68)-(124); p = 0.005] with a success rate of 100%. However, that of the control group did not significantly differ before and after therapy [49(-92)-(252); p = 0.025] with a success rate of 93% (p = 0.804).

Original languageEnglish
Article number062041
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume1073
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2018
Event2nd Physics and Technologies in Medicine and Dentistry Symposium, PTMDS 2018 - Depok, West Java, Indonesia
Duration: 18 Jul 201818 Jul 2018

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