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Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) have benefits equal to, or greater than antidepressants for postpartum depression (PPD). Fifteen CHM and three acupuncture studies (1646 participants in total) were included in a systematic review by Chinese and Australian authors. Low quality evidence suggested that CHM, either alone or combined as an add-on therapy with antidepressants, can reduce symptoms of depression compared to placebo or antidepressants alone. There was no statistically significant difference between the effects of acupuncture and antidepressants, and adverse events were rare.

A systematic review of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for postpartum depression. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 Nov;33:85-92.


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