Acupuncture was found to be effective in treating the symptoms of depression in a recent pilot study conducted by the University of Western Australia by the School of Neurosciences and Psychiatry. As with all pilot studies these initial findings need to be investigated further in additional studies to see if the findings of acupuncture helping with depression is reproducible.
Acupuncture Research Abstract
AIMS: Aims were to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbs as treatments for depression, and to assess beliefs, attitudes and treatment experience.
METHOD: Participants received acupuncture or acupuncture and Chinese herbs combined for five weeks. Acupuncture was given for 30min twice a week and herbs taken three times a day. A Beliefs and Attitudes questionnaire was administered at baseline and Treatment Experience questionnaire post treatment. Outcome measure was improvement in depressive symptoms at the end of treatment period.
RESULTS: Nineteen participants completed 5 weeks of treatment, 12 in the acupuncture group and 7 in the combined group. Treatment significantly improved depressive symptoms, however, there were no differences between groups. At baseline, participants were positive about the perceived effectiveness of treatment, and treatment experiences were positive.
CONCLUSION: Acupuncture was effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, herbs did not have an additional treatment effect. Beliefs and attitudes were positive.
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