A systematic review of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for postpartum depression

Yang, L, Di, Y, Shergis, J, Li, Y, Zhang, T, Lu, C, Guo, X and Xue, C 2018, 'A systematic review of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for postpartum depression', Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, vol. 33, pp. 85-92.


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Title A systematic review of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for postpartum depression
Author(s) Yang, L
Di, Y
Shergis, J
Li, Y
Zhang, T
Lu, C
Guo, X
Xue, C
Year 2018
Journal name Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume number 33
Start page 85
End page 92
Total pages 8
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Abstract Background and purpose: Chinese medicine is increasingly used by women with postpartum depression (PPD). We systematically analyzed randomized controlled trials of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) for PPD. Methods: Studies were retrieved from English and Chinese databases. The Cochrane risk of bias tool was used to assess methodological quality. Results: Fifteen CHM, and three acupuncture studies were included. Low quality evidence suggested that CHM alone or combined with antidepressants as add-on therapy may reduce symptoms of depression compared to placebo or antidepressants on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). There was no statistically significant difference between acupuncture and antidepressants. Adverse events were rare. Conclusions: CHM reduced PPD symptoms greater than placebo or antidepressants. Acupuncture was neither superior nor inferior to antidepressants. More rigorously designed studies are required to confirm the effect of CHM and acupuncture for PPD.
Subject Traditional Chinese Medicine and Treatments
Keyword(s) Acupuncture
Chinese herbal medicine
Meta-analysis
Postpartum depression
Randomized controlled trial
Systematic review
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.08.006
Copyright notice © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 1744-3881
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