Acupuncture versus antidepressants in the management of postpartum depression: A systematic review

Komori, A, Arthur, D, Radford, S, Tan, H, Zheng, L, An, M, Umeda, R and Zheng, Z 2018, 'Acupuncture versus antidepressants in the management of postpartum depression: A systematic review', British Journal of Midwifery, vol. 26, no. 10, pp. 670-681.


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Title Acupuncture versus antidepressants in the management of postpartum depression: A systematic review
Author(s) Komori, A
Arthur, D
Radford, S
Tan, H
Zheng, L
An, M
Umeda, R
Zheng, Z
Year 2018
Journal name British Journal of Midwifery
Volume number 26
Issue number 10
Start page 670
End page 681
Total pages 12
Publisher Mark Allen Group
Abstract Background Antidepressants for postnatal depression may not be acceptable to women and so many may seek alternative therapies. Aim To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for postnatal depression compared with antidepressant treatment. Methods A literature search was conducted in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean databases. Details of the trials were extracted and analysed. Findings Of the 1592 studies reviewed, three met the inclusion criteria for quantitative analysis.Two studies reported no significant differences between acupuncture and fluoxetine for depression, while the third reported significant improvements. Conclusions Acupuncture in postpartum depression was at least as effective as fluoxetine hydrochloride, supporting the notion that acupuncture may be a safe and effective option.
Subject Traditional Chinese Medicine and Treatments
Midwifery
Keyword(s) Acupuncture
Antidepressant
Postpartum depression
Systematic review
DOI - identifier 10.12968/bjom.2018.26.10.670
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ISSN 0969-4900
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