Acupuncture and Depression
What Does the Research Say About Acupuncture and Depression?Not many studies have looked specifically at acupuncture for the treatment of depression. Furthermore, the results of these studies have been mixed. Some studies have shown an improvement in depression symptoms following acupuncture treatment; others have shown no effect. Interestingly, one study looking at the effects of acupuncture in pregnant women with clinical depression did show an improvement in their symptoms following one month of treatment.
Recommendations Regarding Depression and Acupuncture
Acupuncture may be useful as a complementary treatment for depression. However, major questions still need to be answered with respect to its effectiveness and appropriate role. Based on the research that has been performed, acupuncture should never be used in place of conventional treatment options for depression.
If you are considering complementary or alternative treatments for depression, like acupuncture, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. He or she is in the best position to discuss your particular situation and recommend treatment options.