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Acupuncture and Massage for Depression During Pregnancy

This study evaluates the efficacy of acupuncture and massage for the treatment of depression during pregnancy. The study also examines differential effects of study treatments on delivery outcome and post partum depression.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Stanford University

Collaborator: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Stanford Investigator(s):


  • Procedure: Acupuncture
  • Procedure: Perinatal massage


Phase 2


Inclusion Criteria:- Meet criteria for a current major depressive episode with an HRSD(17)
score of at least 14.

   - Ambulatory women (ageĀ³18) with a viable pregnancy,

   - Pregnancy between 22 and 30 weeks of gestation

   - Fluent in English

Exclusion Criteria:- Meeting criteria for a primary Axis I disorder in past 2 months, other
than unipolar depression or social phobia

   - Seasonal affective disorder or episode duration of 2 years or more (chronic

   - Abnormal results on a laboratory screen that will include a thyroid panel and a drug

   - Serious uncontrolled medical conditions or conditions that may be a medical basis of a

   - Cluster B personality disorders.

   - Confounding treatments for depression, including any psychotherapy, herbs, or

   - Current use of any prescribed psychotropic medication or any medication that impacts

   - Treatment with ECT or vagal nerve stimulation during the last year.

   - Current active suicidal potential necessitating immediate treatment.

   - Absence of prenatal care from an OBGYN practitioner in the community.

   - Any condition that necessitates bed rest.

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - 45 Years

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305