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A Case Report of a Chronic Schizophrenia Treated with Combined Treatment of Korean and Western Medicine
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  • Journal title : Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry
  • Volume 26, Issue 4,  2015, pp.349-356
  • Publisher : The Korean Society of Oriental Neuropsychiatry
  • DOI : 10.7231/jon.2015.26.4.349
 Title & Authors
A Case Report of a Chronic Schizophrenia Treated with Combined Treatment of Korean and Western Medicine
Park, Na-Eun; Park, Jun-Hyun; Kim, Dae-Eok; Seo, Young-Min; Kim, Sang-Ho; Chung, Dae-Kyoo;
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Objectives: Schizophrenia is difficult to treat effectively and the antipsychotics used have many side effects. However, few studies have focused on the combined treatment of Korean and Western medicine as an alternative. In this study, we reported an inpatient with chronic schizophrenia who was treated by a combination of Korean and Western medicine. Methods: We experienced a case of a diagnosed schizophrenia patient as whose chief complaint was avolition, diminished emotional expression and hallucination. The patient was treated with Western medicine and Korean traditional treatment including acupuncture, moxa and herbal medicine. The Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) and the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) were used for assessment. Results: After treatment, symptoms involving avolition, diminished emotional expression and hallucination were improved; furthermore, the scores of the BPRS and the PANSS were decreased by approximately 50%, respectively. In addition, there were no notable side effects. Conclusions: The combined treatment of Korean and Western medicine can be an effective and well-tolerated treatment modality for patients with chronic schizophrenia.
Chronic Schizophrenia;Combined treatment of Western and Korean medicine;Herbal medicine;Acupuncture.;
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