Acupuncture and Massage for Depression During Pregnancy

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT00186654


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.

Official Title

Acupuncture and Massage for Depression During Pregnancy

Stanford Investigator(s)

Rachel Manber, PhD
Rachel Manber, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult)


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

* Ambulatory women (age³18) 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 depression)
* Abnormal results on a laboratory screen that will include a thyroid panel and a drug screen.
* Serious uncontrolled medical conditions or conditions that may be a medical basis of a depression.
* Cluster B personality disorders.
* Confounding treatments for depression, including any psychotherapy, herbs, or pharmacotherapy.
* Current use of any prescribed psychotropic medication or any medication that impacts mood.
* 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.


procedure: Acupuncture

procedure: Perinatal massage

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

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