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Acupuncture is a treatment modality that is part of tradi-
tional Chinese medicine. Its efficacy is somewhat difficult
to assess, as much of the research is published in Asian lan-
guages and overlooked in typical literature searches. In
addition, there is significant variation in the acupuncture
techniques used as well as limited descriptions of method-
ology and diagnosis (403). One randomized trial showed

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comparable benefits of electroacupuncture and amitripty-
line (404), and another small randomized trial in depressed
women showed benefits of acupuncture relative to a sham
control (405). However, a subsequent larger study did not
replicate these results (406), and a recent meta-analysis
concluded that acupuncture was not associated with any
benefits in treating major depression in terms of response
or remission rates (407). Assuming needles are properly
sterilized, there do not appear to be substantial risks of
acupuncture treatment. However, based on current evi-
dence, acupuncture is not recommended in the treatment
of major depressive disorder.

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