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Acupuncture and Depression


The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is on the rise, especially among psychiatric patients. Acupuncture is considered a safe and effective treatment modality, and traditional Chinese medicine teaches that acupuncture harmonizes the body's energies. Scientific research has found that acupuncture increases a number of central nervous system hormones. Acupuncture can have positive effects on depression and anxiety, although evidence is still lacking as to its true efficacy for these conditions.

-- Behav Med. 2008 Summer;34(2):55-64. Acupuncture for psychiatric illness: a literature review.Samuels N, Gropp C, Singer SR, Oberbaum M.


There is well documented evidence for the increasing widespread use of complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of physical and psychiatric symptoms and disorders. They provide a review of the recent literature on evidence for using such interventions in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Evidence for the use of acupuncture in treating anxiety and depression disorders is becoming stronger.

-- Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2008 Jan;21(1):37-42. Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of anxiety and depression.van der Watt G, Laugharne J, Janca A.

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