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Acupuncture treats depression in Pregnacy

Posted: 26 Jan, 2012

Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast – Women’s Health Acupuncture

There are few medical treatment options available for women experiencing depression during there pregnancies that are reliable and most of all safe. Pregnancy is a delicate time and mothers opt to live as healthy as they can, knowing that the nutrients taken into the blood stream from a nutritious diet cross the placenta, ultimately affecting the growth and health of the baby.

Equally as important are the affects on an unborn child from the mental and emotional state of the mother. Numerous studies have indicated mothers that have experienced frequent episodes of psycho emotional stress during their pregnancy are more at risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. Studies have also shown that babies are more likely to suffer altered brain development, ADHD, asthma and allergies form mothers experiencing high levels of stress.

Although clinically all around the world Acupuncture has been helping people in general with common elements like anxiety and depression, the study below gives some good insight into Acupuncture in treating depression during pregnancy. What’s more, is that pregnant mothers can relax in knowing that the treatment is not only reliable, effective and natural, most importantly it is safe.

Acupuncture: a promising treatment for depression during pregnancy.
Manber R, Schnyer RN, Allen JJ, Rush AJ, Blasey CM.

Source
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. 401, Quarry Rd., Stanford, CA 94305, USA. Rmanber@stanford.edu

Abstract

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.

Reference: 1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15546651,

2. http://www.brisbanefertilityclinic.com.au/articles/ways-stress-harms-your-baby.php

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