Study of Physiological Signals Changes via Using Microcurrent Electric Therapy for Sleep and Emotion
|關鍵字:||情緒;睡眠;微電流穴位刺激;腦電波;emotion;sleep;microcurrent electric therapy;EEG|
(WHO)於2001 年報中指出，情緒疾病到2020 年將躍升至全球性疾病第二位。其中，憂鬱症更被稱
作是「二十一世紀的黑死病」。2002 年衛生署國民健康局之調查，15 歲以上的台灣民眾當中，8.9%
微電流療法為美國 FDA 核可的醫療方法，可被用於治療失眠、憂鬱、焦燥相關問題，但目前並
Recently, emotion and sleep had become to two popular health issues in the real life. According to the report from World Health Organization (WHO) in 2001, emotion related disease would climb to the second place among world wide diseases in the future. The depression (melancholia), one of the emotion diseases, is even named as the Black Death in 21 century. The investigation of Bureau of Health Promotion showed that there were 8.9% and 5.2% people for middle and serious depression, respectively, in Taiwan. This number outstripped the world wide prevalence of depression which was 3%, and there are 15% depressive patients would suicide. According to the study of Asian Sleep Research Society in 2002, 78% middle-aged person had bad sleep quality. The sleep not only had significant effect on body and mind, but also highly related to cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, apoplexy, etc., in a long time of sleep disorder. In conclusion, it is worthy of more studies to attach great importance to depression and insomnia. The technique of microcurrent electric therapy is approved by US FDA for the treatment of insomnia, depression and anxiety. However, there is no any current evaluation about the stimulation through acupuncture points. Synherb Biotechnology Co. combines the microcurrent stimulation technology with the Chinese medicine channel theories and found that the effects are much better than US microcurrent stimulation. Synherb also got several patents of Germany, Japan, US, China and Taiwan. Therefore, this project will integrate with the biomedical signal processing capabilities of Brain Research Center at National Chiao Tung University and the clinical experiences of the hospital to further study the effects of the noninvasive microcurrent stimulation of single or multiple acupuncture points for a systematic analysis and evaluation.