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John A. Amaro writes: The World Health Organization in its recently published report, listed four separate categories of disease and disorders which acupuncture may be considered effective. In its first and highest category "Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment", depression and depressive neurosis are included.
When coupled with appropriate counseling and herbal/nutritional therapy, acupuncture can be extremely effective in a variety of emotional disorders.