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Does acupuncture help if you have postpartum depression?

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Acupuncture is safe to try, but it may not help your depression. A few reports show that it wasn’t better than a placebo.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Depression and complementary health approaches.”    

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, alternative or integrative health: What’s in a name?”   

Buttner, M. , May 2015. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “5 tips: What you should know about the science behind depression and complementary health approaches.”

Breese McCoy, S. , February 2011. Southern Medical Journal

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Massage therapy for health purposes.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Relaxation techniques for health.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In depth.”

Qureshi, N. , May 2013. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acupuncture: In depth.”

Deligiannidis, K. , January 2014. Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 03, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Depression and complementary health approaches.”    

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, alternative or integrative health: What’s in a name?”   

Buttner, M. , May 2015. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “5 tips: What you should know about the science behind depression and complementary health approaches.”

Breese McCoy, S. , February 2011. Southern Medical Journal

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Massage therapy for health purposes.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Relaxation techniques for health.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In depth.”

Qureshi, N. , May 2013. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acupuncture: In depth.”

Deligiannidis, K. , January 2014. Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 03, 2018

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