Acupuncture For Depression During Pregnancy
This study examined the effectiveness of acupuncture for depression during pregnancy.
150 pregnant women who met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (fourth edition) criteria for major depressive disorder, and who scored at least 14 on the 17-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, were randomly assigned to three different groups:
- acupuncture specific for depression
- control group 1: non-specific acupuncture
- control group 2: Swedish massage.
The pregnant women were treated over an eight-week period and received 12 treatments during that time.
Women treated with the depression-specific acupuncture had a 63% response rate after 12 sessions compared with a 44.3% response rate in 2 combined control groups. This result was statistically significant.
Targeted acupuncture may offer women with major depression a safe and effective alternative to antidepressant medication.
Read the full article: Acupuncture for depression during pregnancy.
Source: Obstetrics & Gynecology VOL. 115, NO. 3, MARCH 2010.
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