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There is a great deal of information about acupuncture for Mental Health on our blog, as well as on our mental health page
About the research: It is worth noting that in research, randomised controlled studies (RCT) are the most reliable in terms of quality of evidence, with a systematic review or meta analysis of numerous studies being the best way of seeing the overall picture of the state of the evidence. Below we have a selection of the available research, which does include some larger RCTs, and reviews of the literature alongside smaller studies. The n= figure tells you how many people were participants in the study.
British Acupuncture Council evidence based factsheet about Stress including specific research, trials and mechanisms of action for acupuncture in this condition.
Posted on: May-31-2021 20:36 pm
I am often asked about acupuncture for anxiety and stress. We see a lot of patients for anxiety, stress, depression and other mood or motivational issues. Acupuncture is something that a great number of these patients have said has changed their daily lives for the better. This works best if they can address other lifestyle issues (e.g. diet, exercise, relaxation strategies), and we can very often recommend strategies and experienced colleagues to concurrently support these aspects if this is desirable.
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Posted on: Mar-27-2021 10:31 am
by Helen Smallwood, acupuncturist, Shaftesbury Clinic
This blog post will concentrate on the use and research regarding acupuncture and mental health, and with a particular focus on depression.
Acupuncture is known by many as being holistic, which means it looks at the workings of the body and the mind overall in an integrated way, as opposed to seeing them as separate entities. Some people are surprised when I tell them acupuncture can be very beneficial for mental health as their first impression is that acupuncture is a very physical therapy and they are mainly associating it with its uses for pain and injuries.
Read More Acupuncture and depression, mental health
Posted on: Mar-18-2021 9:56 am