Tuesday, 02 April 2019 09:59

Acupuncture in anxiety, depression and sleeping problems - evidence, visions, and experiences from psychiatric care - Siiri Hedlund and Kajsa Landgren

Anxiety, depression and sleeping problems are common and affect all dimensions of life. The effect of medication is modest with severe side effects. It is essential to find a safe and effective treatment that reduces suffering. Complementary methods are wanted.

Acupuncture has effect and could be used in all three symptoms. Our talk focuses on evidence, clinical experiences and implementation of acupuncture in psychiatric care as an interesting option. We will also present our results from four studies. In two qualitative studies on ear-acupuncture in Anorexia Nervosa, interviews were conducted with patients receiving acupuncture as an adjunct to usual care in a highly specialised ward for eating disorders. An interview study with health care professionals who use ear-acupuncture in different psychiatric settings reports how they perceive acupuncture as a valuable tool, and a mixed method study describes implementation of acupuncture in a psychiatric ward.

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