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Depression

02 June 2011

Acupuncture no better than placebo for major depression

Both real and sham electro-acupuncture may significantly reduce depressive symptoms, hints a new study that underscores the benefits of both acupuncture and the placebo effect.

Both real and sham electro-acupuncture may significantly reduce depressive symptoms, hints a new study that underscores the continuing controversy over benefits of both acupuncture and the placebo effect.

"A growing number of Americans are using approaches from complementary and alternative medicine (including acupuncture) to treat their depression and other mental disorders," senior author Benoit Mulsant of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada, told Reuters Health in an email.

 

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