Acupuncture found to relieve depression symptoms at the molecular and behavioral levels

(Natural News) As a fundamental element of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been used to remedy a wide array of ailments for thousands of years. Only recently has it been utilized as a treatment for depression. Its efficacy against this mood disorder has been called into question by a multitude of mental health professionals. This,...
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This study is a randomized, patient-assessor blind, two-arm, parallel, non-penetrating, sham-controlled clinical trial. Eligible participants will include adults (aged 19 –70 years old) with a clinical diagnosis of chronic sciatica (40 mm or more of a 100-mm visual analog scale (VAS) for bothersomeness) blinded to the treatment received. Patients will be randomly allocated into the acupuncture treatment group (manual acupuncture plus electroacupuncture (EA),n = 34) or the sham acupuncture control group (sham acupuncture plus placebo EA without electrical stimulation,n = 34). Grou...
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Conclusions: Acupuncture could be effective in treating OUD. Moreover, EA could effectively alleviate symptoms of craving for opioid and depression, and TEAS could be beneficial in improving symptoms of insomnia and anxiety. Nevertheless, the conclusions were limited due to the low-quality and small number of included studies. PROSPERO registration number is CRD42018085063. PMID: 30622598 [PubMed]
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Landgren K, Strand AS, Ekelin M, Ahlström G Abstract Ear acupuncture is used as a non-pharmacological complement in psychiatric and addiction care to reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia. The aim of this study was to describe health care professionals' perceptions of giving ear acupuncture in different psychiatric settings. Twenty-four professionals providing ear acupuncture to patients with a variety of psychiatric symptoms and/or addiction were interviewed in focus groups. Data were analyzed with a phenomenographic approach. Ear acupuncture was provided, individually or in groups, to in- and outp...
Source: Issues in Mental Health Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: Issues Ment Health Nurs Source Type: research
Conclusion: This systematic review will provide evidence for whether acupuncture can improve perimenopausal depression. Ethics and dissemination: There is no requirement of ethical approval, and the review will be reported in a peer-reviewed journal.
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Systematic Review Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 25 December 2018Source: World Journal of Acupuncture - MoxibustionAuthor(s): San-san Chen, Ran Liu, Bin Wu, Sheng Chen, Fang Guo, Xiao-lin Xue, Jun WangABSTRACTObjectiveTo observe the clinical efficacy of acupuncture on back-shu points of five zang in treating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).MethodsSixty patients were randomized into treatment group and control group. In treatment group, the back-shu points of five zang organs were adopted for acupuncture. Shènshū (肾俞BL23) was perpendicularly needled 15 to 30 mm in depth. The rest of the selected points were inserted obliquely ...
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
AbstractObjectiveTo observe the clinical efficacy of acupuncture with medication for post-stroke depression.MethodsA total of 96 patients with post-stroke depression were randomized into an observation group and a control group, with 48 cases in each group. The control group was treated with oral fluoxetine hydrochloride capsules, and the observation group was treated with acupuncture on the basis of the treatment of the control group. After 6 months of treatment, the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) symptom scores, and Hamilton depression scale (HAMD) component scores and total scores of the two groups before and after ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
AbstractObjectiveTo compare the clinical efficacy of Du ’s heat-reinforcing method and Western medication in treating diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D).MethodsSixty-five IBS-D patients were randomized into two groups by the random number table. Thirty-three cases in the treatment group were intervened by acupuncture with Du ’s heat-reinforcing method, while thirty-two cases in the control group were given oral administration of pinaverium bromide tablets. The intervention lasted 4 weeks for both groups. The IBS symptom severity score (IBS-SSS), IBS-quality of life (IBS-QOL) and hospital anxi...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusion: This study found beneficial clinical effects of 8-week acupuncture treatment in the brains of patients with PD.
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Trial/Experimental Study Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 25 November 2018Source: EXPLOREAuthor(s): David FeinsteinaAbstractEnergy psychology, as most commonly practiced, combines cognitive and exposure techniques with the stimulation of prescribed acupuncture points (acupoints) by tapping on them. Most clinicians who learn and utilize acupoint tapping protocols integrate them within their existing clinical frameworks rather than using the method as a stand-alone therapy. The approach has been highly controversial, with its efficacy, purported speed, and explanatory models all questioned. Nonetheless, its utilization within clinical settings and...
Source: EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsElectroacupuncture showed a similar cessation rate in benzodiazepine use to that of non-invasive placebo acupuncture in long-term users during a 4-week gradual tapering schedule. The evidence did not support advantages of electroacupuncture over non-invasive placebo acupuncture on reducing insomnia, anxiety, depression, or other withdrawal symptoms during the gradual tapering schedule. Despite a 40% decrease in the benzodiazepine usage in both groups, the effects may be attributed to the non-specific effects of acupuncture.Trial RegistrationClinicalTrials.gov # NCT02475538.
Source: Journal of Psychiatric Research - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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