Efficacy of transcranial magnetotherapy in the complex treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

Staroverov AT1, Zhukov OB, Raigorodskii YM.

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  • 1Saratov State Medical University, Moscow, Russia.


A total of 54 patients with alcoholism were studied during abstinence. Of these, 29 patients in the experimental group received basal therapy supplemented with physical treatment consisting of transcranial dynamic magnetotherapy (TcDMT), while the control group of 25 patients received only basal therapy. Comparison of the status of patients in the experimental and control groups during treatment demonstrated advantages of TcDMT in relation to improving the functional state of the CNS, memory, and attention, the autonomic nervous system, and the psychoemotional status of the patients (with decreases in the severity of anxiety and depression). Neurosci Behav Physiol. 2009 Jun;39(5):507-11. doi: 10.1007/s11055-009-9149-z.

Transcranial magnetotherapy in the complex treatment of affective disorders in patients with alcoholism.

Staroverov AT1, Vil’yanov VB, Raigorodskii YM, Rogozina MA.

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  • 1Department of Narcology-Psychiatry and Traditional Medicine and Department of Psychiatry, Saratov State Medical University, Saratov, Russia.


Transcranial magnetotherapy (TMT) was used in 32 patients with alcoholism (study group) on the background of basal treatment (nootropes, hepatoprotectors, vitamin/mineral formulations, etc.). The influence of this treatment was compared with a control group (30 subjects), in which TMT was replaced with an appropriate (placebo) procedure. All patients, who were aged from 35 to 64 years, had second-degree alcoholism with disease durations of 4-12 years. Patients were in a post-abstinence state during the treatment period. Courses of TMT consisted of 10 daily procedures with exposures of 10-20 min. Somatic, neurological, and laboratory studies were performed before and after treatment and included cardiointervalography, electroencephalography, assessments of the state of the autonomic nervous system, and use of psychometric scales to evaluate levels of anxiety and depression. TMT was followed by improvements in wellbeing, mood, and sleep, with increases in physical exercise tolerance and decreases in alcohol craving in 75% of patients in the study group and 30% of patients in the control group. Improvements in patients’ status were supported by paraclinical investigations (electrophysiological, measures of the state of the autonomic nervous system, etc.) and psychometric scales.

Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 1986 Jan-Mar;30(1):43-54.

Alcoholism: newer methods of management.

Subrahmanyam S, Satyanarayana M, Rajeswari KR.

Chronic alcoholics were selected from hospitals and A.A. Centres and subjected to different methods of treatment namely, psycho therapy, stereotaxic surgery, nonvolitional biofeedback, Yoga and meditation and extremely low frequency Pulsed Magnetic Field. Each group comprised a minimum of 20 subjects. All were males between the ages of 20 and 45 years. Investigations done were clinical, psychological, biochemical, neurochemical and electrophysiological. Improvement was noticed in all the patients, the degree varying with the different methods of treatment. The patients were followed up at least for a period of one year.

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