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A Case Report of a Patient with Weakness of Heart and Gall Bladder Type Somatization Disorder Induced by Stress

Citation (APA Style): Seo, J-H., Kang, H-Sun., Kim, Ja-Y., Sung, W-Y., Na, Y-J., & Kim, J-W. (2007). A case report of a patient with weakness of heart and gall bladder type somatization disorder induced by stress. Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, 18(3), 249-260.


Clinicians note an increase in minor stress associated with somatization disorder. This clinical report describes a patient with somatization disorder induced by stress who was treated with a typical oriental medical protocol (herbal medicine and acupuncture) to reinforce the heart and gall bladder, in combination with EFT for psychological conditions. Symptom levels on the State Trait Anxiety Inventory and the Beck Depression Inventory were assessed before and after treatment. The results show that typical oriental medical treatments for reinforcing the weakness of heart and gall bladder meridians, in combination with EFT, are efficient in the treatment of somatization disorder.

Key Words

Somatization disorder, stress, weakness of heart and gall bladder, EFT