Acupuncture for depression

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A recent British study found people with depression may benefit as much from acupuncture as they do counseling.

University of York researchers, in the UK, studied 755 moderately or severely depressed people. They found those who received acupuncture or counseling reported lower depression scores than those who received neither treatment.

About 70 percent of the people were also taking antidepressants a few months before the study.

Researchers say if the medication is not effective enough, counseling and/or acupuncture could become part of a multidisciplinary approach.

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