Electroacupuncture is the use of electric stimulation on selected acupuncture points where needles have been carefully inserted. I use these technique in my Chicago acupuncture practice and have found it to be helpful. Now, a study has just come from the School of Chinese Medicine, University of Hong Kong where researchers used electroacupuncture to stimulate seven points on the heads of 73 participants who had suffered several bouts of depression in the last 7 years. The experimental group showed a drop in depression scores. Researcher Ng explained that, “When the acupoints are stimulated, some brain centers responsible for producing serotonin are stimulated.”
The importance? The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020, depression will compete with heart disease for the unfortunate title of “highest disease burden.” Read more here.