Acupuncture & depression in Pregnacy – Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast

Acupuncture & depression in Pregnacy

Posted: 26 Jan, 2012

Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast – Women’s Health Acupuncture



Acupuncture: a promising treatment for depression during pregnancy.

Manber R, Schnyer RN, Allen JJ, Rush AJ, Blasey CM.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. 401, Quarry Rd., Stanford, CA 94305, USA.


Sixty-one pregnant women with major depressive disorder were selected for the study. A 17-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD17) was used to measure data and the subjects were randomly assigned to one of three treatments, delivered over 8 weeks. Group A received an active acupuncture (SPEC, N=20), Group B received active control acupuncture (NSPEC, N=21), and Group C received massage (MSSG, N=20).

Acupuncture treatments were standardized, but individually tailored, and were provided in a double-blind fashion. Responders to acute phase treatment (HRSD17 scoreor=50% reduction from baseline) continued the treatment they were initially randomized to until 10 weeks postpartum.

Response rates at the end of the acute phase were statistically significantly higher for SPEC (69%) than for MSSG (32%), with an intermediate NSPEC response rate (47%). The SPEC group also exhibited a significantly higher average rate of reduction in BDI scores from baseline to the end of the first month of treatment than the MSSG group. Responders to the acute phase of all treatments combined had significantly lower depression scores at 10 weeks postpartum than nonresponders.

The researchers concluded that there was room for improvement in future studies because the size of the study, however the results indicated that Acupuncture holds promise for the treatment of depression during pregnancy.

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