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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 44-47

Effect of acupuncture and moxibustion on serum brain-derived neurotropic factor level, C-reactive protein, and zinc level in patients with depression

Department of Medicine, Xinjiang Medical University, 393 Xinyi Rd, Xinshi, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China

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Dr. Y Zhi
TCM College of Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/MTSM.MTSM_18_19

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Objectives: To apply the acupuncture and moxibustion to the treatment of patients with depression and study the serum brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) level, C-reactive protein (CRP), and zinc level in the patients. Methods: Thirty-five patients with depression treated in our hospital were selected as the research individuals, and they were randomly divided into the control group and the observation group. Seventeen patients in the control group were treated with head massage and 18 patients in the observation group were treated with acupuncture. The levels of BDNF, CRP, and zinc were measured and recorded by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results: The levels of BDNF in serum BDNF in the control group were significantly higher than those in the control group, and there was a significant difference between the two groups in serum BDNF levels (P < 0.05). Compared with the control group, the CRP decreased significantly in the observation group, and there was significant difference in the CRP between the two groups (P < 0.05). The level of zinc in the observation group was significantly lower than that of the control group, and there was a significant difference in the level of zinc in the two groups (P < 0.05). Conclusions: The treatment of acupuncture and moxibustion can effectively reduce the level of serum BDNF in patients, the level of zinc, and CRP, which has a certain value of research.

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