Acupuncture treatment for depressive symptom in diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized controlled study

  • Guo-juan Meng (孟国娟)Email author
Clinical Study



To observe the clinical efficacy of acupuncture treatment for depressive symptom in diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D).


A total of 70 patients with IBS-D accompanied by depressive symptom were randomized into a control group and an observation group, with 35 cases in each group. The control group was treated with oral intake of pinaverium bromide tablets, and the observation group was treated with regulating liver and spleen acupuncture treatment. The two groups were treated for 4 weeks. The scores of IBS symptom severity scale (IBS-SSS) and self-rating depression scale (SDS) were assessed before and after treatment.


After treatment, there were statistical significant differences in the scores of abdominal pain degree, abdominal pain frequency and defecation satisfaction level and the total score between the two groups (all P<0.05). The SDS score of the observation group was obviously decreased, and the improvement was significantly superior to that in the control group (P<0.05).


Acupuncture treatment can significantly improve gastrointestinal symptom and depressive symptom in patients with IBS-D.


Acupuncture Therapy Acupuncture-moxibustion Therapy Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diarrhea Depression 






将70例腹泻型肠易激综合征伴抑 郁症状的患者随机分为对照组和观察组, 每组35例。对照组给予匹维溴铵片口服, 观察组给予调肝脾针法治疗。 两组均治疗4周。治疗前及治疗后评定肠易激综合征症状严重程度量表及抑郁自评量表。


治疗后, 两组腹 痛程度、腹痛频率、排便满意度的评分及总分的差异均有统计学意义(均P<0.05); 观察组的抑郁自评量表评分明 显降低, 且改善程度明显优于对照组(P<0.05)。


针刺能显著改善腹泻型肠易激综合征患者的胃肠道症状及 抑郁症状。


针刺疗法 针灸疗法 肠易激综合征 腹泻 抑郁 





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This work was supported by Shaoxing No. 2 Hospital.

Conflict of Interest The author declared that there was no potential conflict of interest in this article.

Statement of Informed Consent Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyShaoxing No. 2 HospitalZhejiangChina

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