OWN - NLM
DA - 20170303
LR - 20170313
IS - 2093-8152 (Electronic)
IS - 2005-2901 (Linking)
VI - 10
IP - 1
DP - 2017 Jan
TI - A Single Case of Tourette's Syndrome Treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine.
PG - 55-61
LID - S2005-2901(16)30125-X [pii]
LID - 10.1016/j.jams.2016.12.005 [doi]
AB - The objective of this case study was to investigate the effectiveness of Chinese
medicine in treating Tourette's syndrome. Tourette's syndrome is a childhood-
onset disorder that is characterized by sudden, involuntary movements or tics.
The participant in this study was a 33-year-old male who had been diagnosed with
Tourette's syndrome at the age of 9 years. His major complaints included facial
tics, shoulder shrugging, and clearing the throat. Using a combination of
acupuncture, herbs, Gua-Sha, and lifestyle changes once a week for 35 treatments,
all the symptoms were reduced by 70%, as reported by the patient. In this case,
the results indicated that Chinese medicine was able to minimize the symptoms of
Tourette's syndrome. Further investigation is needed to support this argument.
Tourette's syndrome, which was first described in 1885 by a French physician
named Gilles de la Tourette, is characterized by facial tics, involuntary body
movements from the head to the extremities, or vocal tics, and it usually has its
onset in childhood. It is a neuropsychiatric disorder. The treatment for
Tourette's syndrome is based on pharmacological treatment, behavior treatment,
and deep brain stimulation. Unfortunately, none of these could completely control
the symptoms; furthermore, antipsychiatric drugs might cause additional side
effects, such as Parkinson symptoms, tardive dyskinesia, and metabolic
disturbances. Finding acupuncture and oriental medicine literature on treatment
of Tourette's syndrome was difficult, especially that written in English. Some
research papers that have been translated into English indicated that Chinese
herbs and acupuncture could reduce the tics significantly. For example, a study
by Dr Pao-Hua Lin reported the significant effects of using acupuncture and
oriental medicine in treating 1000 Tourette's syndrome cases. This case was
treated to further investigate the principles of Dr Lin's study.
CI - Copyright (c) 2017 Medical Association of Pharmacopuncture Institute. Published
by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
FAU - Lee, Min-Hwa
AU - Lee MH
AD - DAOM, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR, United States.
Electronic address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LA - eng
PT - Case Reports
PT - Journal Article
DEP - 20161218
PL - Korea (South)
TA - J Acupunct Meridian Stud
JT - Journal of acupuncture and meridian studies
JID - 101490763
SB - IM
MH - Adult
MH - Humans
MH - Male
MH - *Medicine, Chinese Traditional
MH - *Tourette Syndrome/physiopathology/therapy
OTO - NOTNLM
OT - *Gua-Sha
OT - *Parkinson's
OT - *Tourette's
OT - *chorea
OT - *neuropsychiatric
OT - *tics
EDAT- 2017/03/04 06:00
MHDA- 2017/03/14 06:00
CRDT- 2017/03/04 06:00
PHST- 2016/08/14 [received]
PHST- 2016/12/13 [accepted]
AID - S2005-2901(16)30125-X [pii]
AID - 10.1016/j.jams.2016.12.005 [doi]
PST - ppublish
SO - J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2017 Jan;10(1):55-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2016.12.005.
Epub 2016 Dec 18.