The study involved 150 pregnant women all suffering from clinical depression. Each women received either massage, acupuncture designed to treat depression or acupuncture not designed to treat depression. After a period of eight weeks, 63 percent of participants in the group receiving acupuncture for depression had experienced a vast improvement in their symptoms. Those in the other groups experienced an improvement of only 44 percent.
Though the research was not compared to antidepressants or psychotherapy the success rate of acupuncture in this study was similar to that of a study which explored the use of other therapies in studies of men and non-pregnant women.
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