Researchers conclude that acupuncture combined with psychological intervention has a similar total efficacy rate for the treatment of postpartum depression as the drug fluoxetine hydrochloride (Prozac®). In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), postpartum depression belongs to depression syndrome and may include: depression, low energy, stifling chest sensation, sighing, loss of appetite, insomnia or dream disturbed sleep, frustration, crying, anger, worry, sadness, melancholy. A total of 21 genes imbalanced by depression were normalized by the application of electroacupuncture.
- A related laboratory investigation demonstrates that acupuncture benefits brain biochemistry and regulates gene expression related to depression.
- The acupuncture needles were 0.35 x 25 mm and were retained for 30 minutes during each acupuncture session.
- The researchers contrasted integrative complementary medicine with a conventional drug therapy approach to care.