Acupuncture against depression

A meta-study evaluated 20 out of 207 clinical trials that met the scientific requirements and concluded that acupuncture is an effective method to treat different forms of depression.

The effectiveness of acupuncture as a mono-therapy that improves clinical responses and reduces the intensity of symptoms in major depressive disorders can be compared to that of antidepressants, but it is not different to that of Sham acupuncture.

In the treatment of post-stroke depression, the effectiveness of acupuncture was even superior to antidepressants. What’s more, the side effects of acupuncture were significantly lower than those of antidepressants.

(The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture therapy in depressive disorders, J Affect Disord, 24 July 2009, online publication)