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Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2005 Jun;25(6):390-2.

[Clinical observation on acupuncture combined with music for treatment of Alzheimer disease].

[Article in Chinese]

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College of Acupuncture and Massage, Guangzhou University of TCM, Guangdong 510405, China.



To find the method for increasing clinical therapeutic effect on Alzheimer disease (AD).


The patients of AD meeting American NINCDS-ADRDA Criteria were randomly divided into group A and group B. The group A (n = 21) were treated with acupuncture for 10 courses, 10 sessions constituting one course; and the group B (n = 20) were treated with combination of acupuncture and music therapy. The acupuncture method was the same as the group A and the music therapy was given for 20 sessions, once every 5 days. After treatment, their effectiveness were evaluated with the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and Activities of Daily Living (ADL).


After treatment, the scores for MMSE increased significantly (P < 0.05) and the scores for ADL decreased significantly (P < 0.05) in the both groups, and the therapeutic effect in the group A was better than the group B (P < 0.05).


Acupuncture combined with music therapy can increase the therapeutic effect on AD.

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