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A Case Study of Tourette’s Syndrome with Adjunct Neurofeedback Treatment

Citation (APA style): Chun, Y-H., & Kim, B-K. (2008) A case study of Tourette’s Syndrome with adjunct neurofeedback treatment. Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, 19(3), 277-288.


The subject was a 13 year old boy diagnosed 5 years previously with Tourette’s syndrome, in addition to a vocal tic and a motor tic. The course of treatment included Korean herbal medicine, 8-constitution acupuncture, Chimsband electromagnetic conductive strips, neurofeedback, and EFT therapy. Pre-post measures were obtained using the Yale Global Tic Severity Scale (YGTSS). After a course of treatment lasting 9 months, his YGTSS score went from 119 to 38, indicating clinical improvement of his tic symptoms. We believe that Korean herbal medicine and neurofeedback were particularly effective, especially SMR beta training. While EFT assisted the patient’s recovery, its application was time-consuming. Improvement was also found using the Cans 3000. We believe that Tourette’s requires extensive courses of treatment, and do not predict success from brief protocols.


Tourette’s syndrome, herbal medicine, EFT