Philip A.M. Rogers MRCVS

AP and the Psyche


Chen_A (1992) An introduction to sequential electric AP (SEAP) to treat stress-related physical and mental disorders. AETRIJ Oct-Dec 17(4):273-283. Dept of Anaesthesiology, Wayne County General Hospital, Westland, Michigan. A method of SEAP to certain AP loci was effective to treat stress-related physical and mental disorders. Cerebral serotonin has anti-depressant and analgesic effects and AP stimulation of certain points can release cerebral serotonin. Omura reported that the stimulation of ST36 and GB20 increased intracephalic blood flow. Increasing intracephalic blood flow may indirectly increase the quantity of serotonin released. The release of serotonin can be enhanced further by sequential stimulation of these AP loci. SEAP markedly improved mental relaxation in this study of 85 clinical cases of chronic physical disorders, e.g. intractable pain, headache, with most disorders complicated by reactive depression. Some of the cases were psychosomatic disorders. The % improvement from slight to remarkable between mental disorders (79%) and physical disorders (77%) was similar. The method of treatment and schematic of the SEAP device were discussed.

Yang_X; Liu X; Luo H; Jia Y (1994) Clinical observation on needling Extra-Channel points in treating mental depression. Chung i tsa chih (JTCM) Mar 14(1):14-18. Inst of AP and Moxibustion, China Acad of TCM, Beijing, PRC. 20 cases of mental depression were treated by AP at Extra-Channel points with an effective rate of 90%; comparison of these cases with 21 controls treated with amitriptyline, showed no significant difference in effect (p>.05). Measured with Hamilton's scale, factors of anxiety somatization, cognitive disturbance, retardation, sleep disturbance and feeling of despair in both the needling and control groups showed obvious decrease in the mean value, and the change in anxiety somatization was markedly significant in the needling group as compared with that in the controls.

Zhang_B (1991) [A controlled study of clinical therapeutic effects of laser-AP for schizophrenia]. Chung Hua Shen Ching Ching Shen Ko Tsa Chih Apr 24(2):81-83, 124. Psychiatric hospital of Kai Luan Mine Bureau, Tangshan. A controlled study of clinical therapeutic effects of laser-AP was made for 33 patients suffering from schizophrenia. As evaluated by BPRS, CGI, a rating scale for extramidal side-effects and Chinese clinical assessments for therapeutic effects. Our clinical practise suggests that laser-AP was as effective as chlorpromazine to treat schizophrenia.

Zhuge_DY; Chen JK (1993) Comparison between EAP with chlorpromazine and chlorpromazine alone in 60 schizophrenic patients. Chung Kuo Chung Hsi I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih Jul 13(7):408-409, 388. Yangzhou 2nd People's Hospital, PRC. 60 schizophrenics (30 in each group) were treated with EAP and chlorpromazine in comparison with chlorpromazine therapy alone. Curative effects were evaluated according to the brief psychiatric rating scale (BPRS). The total curative effects of the two groups were similar. However, the marked effects appeared earlier in combined therapy than that of using chlorpromazine alone, less chlorpromazine was needed, hence displayed fewer side-effects.