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Acupuncture May Help Treat Depression In Expectant Mothers

February 16, 2010 by  

Acupuncture may help treat depression in expectant mothersAccording to a new study, acupuncture may be an effective way to treat depression in pregnant women.

Currently, nearly 20 percent of women report symptoms of despair during pregnancy, while approximately 10 percent meet the criteria for major depression. Coping with the disorder can be extremely difficult for many women who do not want to take anti-depressants during pregnancy out of concern for the developing fetus.

"Depression during pregnancy is an issue of concern because it has negative effects on both the mother and the baby as well as the rest of the family," said study author Rosa Schnyer.

In the study, a total of 150 pregnant women meeting the standards for major depressive disorder were separated into three groups. One-third of the respondents were given acupuncture specific for depression, another one-third was given control or "sham" acupuncture and the others were treated only with massage.

The researchers found that the women who received depression-specific acupuncture experienced a significantly greater decrease in symptoms related to the disorder.

Acupuncture may also be used to help alleviate symptoms associated with headaches, lower back pain and menstrual cramps.
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  • Nancy Hyton

    I am an Acupuncturist in Asheville, NC. I treat pregnant women often. I have had good success with morning sickness, hip and back pain, and anxiety.

  • http://mentalhealthweightloss.info Julie Hodges

    That is such a wonderful thing to be aware of. I understand a little of the basics of acupuncture – but only the basics.

    How or why it works – I understand has something to do with unblocking energy or so.

    But what a fantastic opportunity for women that are experiencing difficulties with depression – may have a the opportunity to try a safe form of therapy without risk to their unborn child. Fantastic thanks for the information.

    Julie

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