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Research - Acupuncture Ups Antidepressant Therapy

depressionNew research finds that acupuncture effectively treats depression for patients undergoing treatment with the antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil, Sereupin, Aropax).

The investigation studied the effects of acupuncture and electroacupuncture on patients with depression and evaluated whether or not measurable improvements were made over and above those from concurrent paroxetine therapy. The researchers discovered that both acupuncture and electroacupuncture improved "the quality of life in depressed patients undergoing paroxetine treatment."


Depressed patients with scores of 17 or more on the 17 items of the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale were treated with the antidepressant drug paroxetine. They also underwent verum acupuncture or electroacupuncture at Baihui (GV20) and Yintang (GV29).

The World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale Brief Version showed a significant increase in the total scores of patients who underwent verum acupuncture and electroacupuncture for 6 weeks compared with those who were given paroxetine only; significantly increased physical domain and social relationship scores in verum acupuncture patients compared with paroxetine only; and significantly elevated psychological domain scores with electroacupuncture compared with paroxetine only. These results indicate that both verum acupuncture and electroacupuncture can improve quality of life in depressed patients undergoing paroxetine treatment.

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