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Friday, 10 September 2010 00:00
Medical experts in China have claimed traditional Chinese medicine, popularly known as TCM, especially acupuncture, can help prevent suicides.

Du Wendong, of the Institute of Psychology of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, said there were no suicide cases in his university since 1985 when authorities began using TCM to tackle students' mental issues.

According to TCM psychological theories, mental disorders can be cured through "treatment of both mind and body", Xinhua reports.

Chen Qing, Du's student, suffered from chronic diarrhoea and was ill-tempered. She often clashed with classmates. After talking with Chen, Du realised that Chen suffered from depression due to study stress. Chen often told him she wanted to commit suicide.

It was found out that Chen's diarrhoea was caused by psychological disorders and her short temper was generated by "liver hyperactivity", a TCM term indicating headache, dizziness and red eyes.

After applying acupuncture and massage therapy, Chen's depression faded.

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