Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Depression cure by using neddles?

As tempting as it is this post is not about being happy thought drug injecting. It is instead about using acupuncture to help remove depression. This article looks at using acupuncture on the regulation of the liver points. Out of the 440 patients with depression, a third got acupuncture for liver regulation, third got "random" acupuncture ie not the liver points and a remaining third got prozac. The conclusions were:

"The therapeutic effect of acupuncture on depressive neurosis is better than or similar to that of Prozac but with less side effect."

Data such as this confirms how complex our bodies area, and that we know so little about how it works. Or the other conclusion could be it could just show how bad prozac :)

PS for those who want to know more about the points they were "bilateral Hegu (LI 4) and Taichong (LR 3), Baihui (GV 20) and Yintang (EX-HN3) plus ear-acupuncture" Interestingly enough they are not what I would have called the liver points. There are 14 liver points yet only of the the five points is a liver point.

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