Laser acupuncture eases depression

Eight weeks of ‘laser acupuncture' can ease depression in adults, a small Australian trial finds.

The therapy, which uses low-intensity infra-red beams in place of needles, led to significant reductions in scores on two depression scales, above and beyond that seen with placebo acupuncture.

Eighty per cent of patients had a clinical response to laser acupuncture — defined as a more than 50% reduction on the Hamilton-Depression Rating Scale — compared with just