Acupuncture combined with antidepressants can improve the treatment of depression, study finds

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Acupuncture treatment combined with antidepressants can improve the treatment of depression, according to a study published online this July in NeuroImage: Clinical. The findings point to an effect on the limbic system, especially the amygdala and the anterior cingulate cortex.Acupuncture has recently become a promising and effective alternative treatment for depression. Research suggests that it may work by affecting the release of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, all of which play a role in the processes involved in depression. However, acupuncture is still not incorporated into mainstream medicine.One solution is to combine acupuncture with other treatments. For example, increasing evidence has shown that acupuncture combined with antidepressant medications is more effective than antidepressants alone. However, there is a need to develop understanding of how this works within the brain. Email Pinterestcenter_img Share Share on Twitter Many brain regions are involved in the pathology and development of depression (e.g. major depressive disorder), in which the amygdala appears to play an important role. The amygdala is part of the limbic system, and is important for emotional processing, fear learning, and motivation behaviors. For example, research has shown that major depressive disorder patients show higher activity in the amygdala when processing negative information, and that antidepressant medication works by decreasing activity in the amygdala during negative emotions and increasing activity during positive emotions.The study, led by Xiaoyun Wang of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Guangdong province, investigated the combination effect of abdominal acupuncture and the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) on the clinical outcome of depression. 46 female depressed patients were randomized to an acupuncture + fluoxetine group or a sham acupuncture + fluoxetine group for 8 weeks. For the sham acupuncture, plastic needle sheaths not containing any needles were tapped against the skin of the patients. Before the first and last treatments, resting-state functional connectivity data was collected using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and measures of clinical depression were also recorded.Results showed that compared with those in the sham acupuncture treatment, acupuncture treatment patients showed greater clinical improvement in depression. They also showed increased resting-state functional connectivity between the left amygdala and anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), and the right amygdala and left parahippocampus/putamen. Furthermore, the strength of the increases was positively associated with improvement in measures of clinical depression.The researchers concluded, “Our findings demonstrate the additive effect of acupuncture to antidepressant treatment and suggest that this effect may be achieved through the limbic system, especially the amygdala and the ACC.”last_img read more

Hardware store relocation still in limbo

first_img Share By KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSIn a meeting held on Monday, Jan. 16, the South Padre Island Planning and Zoning Commission considered a request to grant an extension on a previously approved replat, as well as looked at a proposed merger of bayside lots.The issue of the proposed relocation of Island Ace Hardware from its current location on Padre Boulevard to a new location near Laguna Boulevard was revisited by commissioners as they considered a request to grant a 90 day extension of a replat they approved back in November. At that time, commissioners approved the merger of Lots 2 and 3, Block 96, Padre Beach Subdivision, Section VII, into one lot designated as Lot 2A. City Council, however, subsequently denied a request to change the zoning of the new lot to allow for retail sales back in its Dec. 7, 2016 meeting.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedP&Z mull extension requestsBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Planning and Zoning Commission considered a pair of extension requests during its Thursday, Dec. 21 meeting. The first of these was an appeal for a 90-day extension for the subdivision known as the Sandbar Estates, owned by Sandbar Properties, Inc.…December 29, 2017In “News”Form Based Code revision nixedBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Planning and Zoning Commission considered revisions to the City’s form based code in its Oct. 20 meeting. A public hearing was held on the issue of amending the code related to Padre Boulevard and Entertainment District Code to allow retail…November 11, 2016In “News”Hardware store relocation stymiedBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS As a part of their Dec. 7 meeting the SPI City Council discussed a rezoning request related to the proposed relocation of Island Ace Hardware, reviewed grant guidelines, considered a funding request to the Friends of the RGV Reef, and reviewed their latest Current…December 16, 2016In “News”last_img read more