Is acupuncture effective therapy for depression?
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In comparison trials, acupuncture appears to be as effective as antidepressants, but it has not been shown to better than either sham acupuncture or no active treatment. (SOR: A, based on meta-analysis.) Acupuncture may provide additional improvement in symptoms when used in conjunction with an antidepressant. (SOR: B, based on meta-analysis and RCT with inconsistent findings.)
Evidence Based Practice 13(10): 16.