Acupuncture is effective in treatment of schizophrenia. Acupuncture improves both positive and negative symptoms, energy levels, sleep, physical disorders and motivation. The acupuncture done at two to three time per week for 10 – 20 weeks can help in decrease in auditory, visual and tactile hallucinations, decrease in anxiety and paranoia and improvement in sleep with calm mind.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) differential diagnosis system evaluates patients on the basis of disturbance of elements. This is then further classified as excess or deficiency of heat, phlegm etc. The ultimate result is disturbance of energy Qi. This can be combined with liver Qi depression and qi stagnation, blood deficiency, qi stagnation, blood deficiency of the heart and liver, liver fire rising upward with rising liver yang, kidney yin deficiency and phlegm fire affecting the mind, kidney and spleen deficiency with dampness and non-interaction between the heart and kidney and heart fire.
Types of psychosis :
- Depressive psychosis – It has Phlegm and Qi stagnation. It shows mental dullness, low mood or mood swings, excessive sleepiness, white greasy tongue and wiry slippery pulse.
- Manic psychosis – It has Flaring up of phlegm fire. It shows sudden onset, aggression, headache, sleeplessness, restlessness, excess activity, red greasy tongue, rapid pulse.
Points for depressive psychosis:
Ht 7 PC 7 Du 20 UB 15
Heart shu point L.I. 4 and Liv 3
UB 18 Liver shu point
Ren 17 St 40 Sp 6
UB 20 Spleen shu
For Manic Psychosis:
Du 14 PC 8 Ht 8 Liv 2 Du 26
Du 20, Du 16 PC 6
Ren 6, Ren 12, Stomach 25,
St 40 Luo connecting point