MacPherson H et al, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001518
Women (and men) who are preparing themselves to have a baby, often wish to avoid taking medication, including antidepressants. Recognising such an interest in non-pharmacological therapies, the investigators in this trial examined the effect of acupuncture and counseling on patients with depression. They found that ten sessions of acupuncture alongside usual care, showed a significant reduction of depression 3 months later compared to those who did not have acupuncture. They found that counseling added a similar benefit.