Monday, March 23, 2009

Acupuncture for Depression

TCM Directory posted an article on about recent research on Acupuncture for Depression. Many people with depression start conventional treatment but stop it too early because of side effects, expense, lack of insurance coverage, or they recover, then relapse later. People then start looking for alternative medical treatments using Traditional Chinese Medicine.

TCM focuses on 'treating specific symptoms based on each unique patient with the use of a variety of methods such as acupuncture. Studies are now suggesting that acupuncture can be very helpful to those who suffer from depression, offering effective, long-standing results.

A research study funded by the U.S. Office of Alternative Health showed that acupuncture produced similar results when compared to Western bio-medicine. 33 female participants suffering from serious depression, and screened to rule-out psychotic or suicidal symptoms, were split into 3 separate groups, each receiving different forms of treatment. The end results showed that over half of the women who were specifically treated with acupuncture for signs of depression, using the methods and principles of Chinese medicine, experienced complete remission of their symptoms.

The Office of Alternative Health has given high regard to the study, and it is notably found to offer unique treatment for each patient.'