Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of anxiety and depression during pregnancy, according to new research.

Researchers from the Harvard Medical School (Boston, Massachusetts) and the Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation and Pain Center (Washington, DC) conclude that “there is high-level evidence to support the use of acupuncture for treating major depressive disorder in pregnancy.”

Both anxiety and depression are highly prevalent in society. The researchers noted that these conditions are “difficult to treat and have high relapse rates and medication side-effects. There is evidence to suggest that acupuncture may be an effective treatment modality.”