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Acupuncture for pregnancy depression
Pharmaceutical medication is largely unsuitable for depression during pregnancy and therefore any non pharmaceutical alternative is potentially of great value.
Double blinded study of 61 women, 68.8% showed postive results with acupuncture compared to the 31.6% massage group. The study also concluded that successful treatment of depression during pregnancy offers preotection from postpartum depression
(Journal of Affective Disorders , Volume 83, Issue 1, 15 November 2004, p89-95)


Acupuncture effective for pelvic pain in pregnancy
1 in 3 women suffer potentially severe disabling pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy. A Swedish study has demonstrated that acupuncture is more effective then either standard of specialised execises in relieveing the pain
386 pregnant women were given a 6 week treatment programme. Treatment was given twice a week for the 6 weeks.
(BMJ 2005;330:761 (2 April), doi:10.1136/bmj.38397.507014.EO)


Acupuncture for Breech Presentation
Italian study 112 women were given acupuncture. All were from 33-35 weeks of gestation. The proportion of caesarean sections in the acupuncture group was significantly lower then the control group 52.3% versus 66.7%
(Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 15;4 247-252)


Acupuncture for Back Pain in Pregnancy
Brazilian study compared the back and pelvic pain in women treated with acupuncture compared to non-treated contrals. They found that the acupuncture group showed a greater reduction in overall pain, maximum pain, reduced use of analgesics, and a greater capacity to perform general activities
(Acupucnture in Medicine, 2004 vol22(2), 60-70)



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