According to new research from the University of York in the United Kingdom, acupuncture can boost the effects of treatment for depression and chronic pain.
For this collaborative study, scientists from the United Kingdom and United States looked at data from 29 clinical trials. They found that adding acupuncture to patients' treatment regimens results in decreased headaches, migraines attacks and neck and lower back pain. Read on for the full scoop...
New research shows that acupuncture can amplify treatment for depression plus chronic pain
The researchers concluded that their clinical trial suggests that combining acupuncture with counselling can significantly reduce the severity of depressive episodes – and that the effects could last up to 12 months after the therapy!
Hugh MacPherson, professor of acupuncture research at the University of York, says there’s been an increase in the number of practitioners using acupuncture as an intervention.
“Approximately four million acupuncture treatments are provided a year in the United Kingdom, but the evidence to show how clinically effective this form of treatment has been limited,” MacPherson says. “There’s been a question mark for many years over whether policy and decision makers should or should not provide wider access to acupuncture.”
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According to MacPherson, the front-line treatment for depression in primary care usually involves antidepressants. The problem with this is that they don’t work well for more than half of patients.
“In the largest study of its kind, we’ve now provided a solid evidence base to show that not only can acupuncture and counselling bring patients out of an episode of depression, but it can keep the condition at bay for up to a year on average.”
If you’re considering acupuncture to boost your treatment for depression, make sure you consult your doctor first.
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