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J Clin Med Res. 2017 Jun;9(6):525-527. doi: 10.14740/jocmr3009w. Epub 2017 Apr 26.

Effect of Acupressure, Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Women With Pregnancy-Related Anxiety and Previous Depression: A Preliminary Study.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Japanese Red Cross Katsushika Maternity Hospital, Tokyo 124-0012, Japan.



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.


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 of the rest 38 who did not receive oriental treatments admitted depressive symptoms (47%, P = 0.065).


The oriental treatments may be useful for pregnant women who need perinatal mental health care.


Acupressure; Acupuncture; Moxibustion; Pregnancy-related anxiety; Previous depression

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