Effect of Acupressure, Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Women With Pregnancy-Related Anxiety and Previous Depression: A Preliminary Study.
J Clin Med Res. 2017 Jun ;9(6):525-527. Epub 2017 Apr 26. PMID: 28496555
BACKGROUND: In this preliminary study, we examined the effect of acupressure, acupuncture and moxibustion (oriental treatments) to prevent of the relapse/deterioration of perinatal depression in women with pregnancy-related anxiety and previous depression.
METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2014 and 2016, there were 48 women with pregnancy-related anxiety and previous depression who had delivery at≥ 22 weeks' gestation in our institute. Of these, oriental treatments were performed in eight and two women (totally 10, 21%) during pregnancy and postpartum, respectively. One of the 10 (10%) who received oriental treatments admitted depressive symptoms during pregnancy or postpartum, while 18 ofthe rest 38 who did not receive oriental treatments admitted depressive symptoms (47%, P = 0.065).
CONCLUSION: The oriental treatments may be useful for pregnant women who need perinatal mental health care.