Acupuncture for prenatal depression, menstrual cramps?


By Tiffany O'Callaghan   Feb. 22, 2010 Acupuncture for prenatal depression may be an effective way to treat depression during pregnancy, and to reduce the pain of menstrual cramps, according to new research into the health benefits of the ancient Chinese practice. One study, from researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, found that women confronting depression during pregnancy experienced a greater reduction in symptoms when treated with acupuncture targeted to treat depression, compared with those treated with control acupuncture (when needles were inserted into points not known to target depression) or massage.

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