Because depression is such a widespread problem, there are always ideas, treatments or solutions to coping with this disorder. I’ve just read a study out of China that says electro-acupuncture may alleviate depression. Electro-acupuncture is similar to traditional acupuncture except that, after the needles are inserted, they are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses. Using electro-acupuncture on rats, scientists were able to prevent atrophy of glial cells in the hippocampus portion of the brain. Glial cells are important to assist nervous system functioning and in supplying oxygen to the brain. Therefore, when glial cells are protected from atrophy, depression can be mitigated.
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