Acupuncture & depression – Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast

Acupuncture & depression

Posted: 25 Jan, 2012

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Acupuncture for the treatment of major depressive disorder: a randomized controlled trial.
Andreescu C, Glick RM, Emeremni CA, Houck PR, Mulsant BH

According to this study more then 50% of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) neither do not cope nor respond to antidepressant medications. The aim of the study was to determine whether a 2-point Electro Acupuncture protocol (verum acupuncture) would be beneficial for major depressive disorder, in comparison to needling at non-channel scalp points with sham electro stimulation (control acupuncture).

Fifty-three subjects aged between 18-80 years were selected in the primary analysis of a randomized controlled trial, all subjects selected were categorized as suffering mild or moderate MDD (according to the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders) and a score of 14 or higher on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS). Individuals excluded from the criteria were those with severe MDD, seizure disorder or risk for seizure disorder, psychosis, bipolar disorder, chronic MDD, treatment-resistant MDD, and history of substance abuse in the prior 6 months.

All subjects were randomized to receive twelve 30-minute sessions of verum versus control acupuncture over 6 to 8 weeks, 28 in the verum Electro Acupuncture group and 25 in the sham (not real Acupuncture) group. The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) was the primary outcome measure. The UKU Side Effect Rating Scale was used to assess for adverse effects. Both groups improved; with mean (SD) absolute HDRS score decreases of -6.6 (5.9) in the verum group and -7.6 (6.6) in the control group, this indicted 37.5% and 41.3% relative decreases from baseline.

The researchers concluded there were no serious adverse events associated with either intervention and both were equally well tolerated. Both resulted in similar absolute and relative improvements in depressive symptoms.


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