Acupuncture effective treatment for depression

A randomised controlled trial comparing acupuncture, counselling and usual care for adults with depression found that both acupuncture and counselling resulted in greater improvement than usual care. Those who received acupuncture improved at least as much, if not more, than those who received counselling.
755 patients suffering form moderate to severe depression were randomised into one of three groups: 12 weekly sessions of acupuncture plus usual care; 12 weekly sessions of counselling plus usual care; usual care alone. By 3 months patients receiving acupuncture and those receiving counselling were significantly less depressed than those receiving usual treatment. People receiving acupuncture had improved more than those having counselling but this was not statistically significant. The improvements continued throughout the 12 month duration of the study. It would have been very interesting to see if acupuncture and counselling given together resulted in even greater improvement.