Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a kind of chronic mental disorder after severe traumatic events. In this paper, the author reviewed the development of clinical and mechanism research of acupuncture and moxibustion for treating PTSD in the past 5 years. Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture could alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, and is an effective therapy for PTSD. The underlying mechanisms may include regulating neural circuit, neurotransmitters and receptors expression, signal pathway, apoptosis, immune cytokines and endocannabinoid system, et al. It could provide scientific basis of acupuncture and moxibustion for treating PTSD, and provide references for further study.

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