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Acupuncture for Depression During Pregnancy: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology,  Mar 2010
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A new study to estimate the efficacy of acupuncture for depression during pregnancy in a randomized controlled trial examined 150 pregnant women who met Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition) criteria for major depressive disorder. They were randomized to receive either acupuncture specific for depression or one of two active controls: control acupuncture or massage. Treatments lasted 8 weeks (12 sessions).

CONCLUSION: The short acupuncture protocol demonstrated symptom reduction and a response rate comparable to those observed in standard depression treatments of similar length and could be a viable treatment option for depression during pregnancy. Read more.


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