Acupuncture: Alternative Treatment for Depression

Acupuncture: Alternative Treatment for DepressionCounselling is a known alternative treatment for depression. However, it has now been revealed that acupuncture is able to provide the same level of relief to depression patients.

A research has been carried out by a group of researchers from the University of York in Britain. After carrying out the study, study researchers have unveiled that one in three patients were no longer suffering in the agony of depression.

All the credit for the same goes to acupuncture. "For people who have depression, who have tried various medical options, who are still not getting the benefit they want, they should try acupuncture or counselling as options", said Hugh MacPherson, study's lead author.

An experiment was carried out by them in which 755 people were enrolled having moderate or severe depression.  The total number was divided into three groups.

The first group had 302 participants and was asked to take acupuncture sessions.  The second group having 302 participants was asked to take weekly counselling sessions and the last group having 151 participants was asked to receive traditional care.  The study, published in PLOS Medicine, has found that their condition improved when people took acupuncture and counselling sessions.