Acupuncture effective for depression

Acupuncture is just as effective as counselling for short-term relief of moderate to severe depression, a randomised trial finds.

One-third of patients who had acupuncture were free of depression after three months, compared with 29% of those who attended counselling, according to the study conducted in UK general practice.

Just 18% of patients who received usual care from their GP were depression-free at