14 Feb 2013

DEPRESSION – laser acupuncture a plausible treatment

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Researchers have discovered that laser acupuncture significantly reduces depression symptoms. Laser acupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture points with light instead of needles. Laser acupuncture uses low intensity laser beams and does not damage the skin, burn or cause discomfort.

A trial was conducted in Sydney with forty-seven participants aged 18-50 years, who suffered from major depressive disorder and were randomised to receive laser acupuncture or placebo laser. The laser acupuncture was administered twice a week for 4 weeks and once a week for another four weeks, for a total of 12 sessions.

Laser acupuncture showed a clinically and statistically significant benefit with reducing symptoms of depression on objective measures. Remission rates were also reduced.

Scientists, from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), have also used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to map the changes in the prefrontal cortex and subcortical nuclei brought about through the stimulation of the body’s acupoints by laser acupuncture.  They found that acupuncture produces significant changes in parts of the brain that regulate emotional states, and is a biologically plausible treatment for depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders

Emotional Freedom Technique can be of great benefit it taking control of negative thinking patterns that greatly contribute to depression.

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