There are a wide range of self-help measures and alternate therapies which can be useful for some types of depression, either alone or in conjunction with drug treatments (such as antidepressants) or talk therapy with a psychologist. Self-help and alternative therapies that may be useful for depression are: relaxation and meditation, good nutrition (supplements may be prescribed), alcohol and drug avoidance, exercise and acupuncture(2).
One randomised controlled trial using Acupuncture in conjunction with usual care was found to be beneficial in reducing anti-depressant medication use, pain medication use and patients reported having a reduction in depressive symptoms (3).
Acupuncture has also been seen to be effective with improving sleep, quality of life and mood in people suffering major depressive disorders (4).
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1. Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to fourfold return.2016 http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/13-04-2016-investing-in-treatment-for-depression-and-anxiety-leads-to-fourfold-return
2. Black dog Institute https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/docs/default-source/factsheets/treatmentsfordepression.pdf?sfvrsn=4
3. MacPherson et al., Acupuncture and Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: A Randomised Controlled Trial. PLoS Med, (2013) retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3782410/
4. Bosch P, van den Noort M, Staudte H, Lim S. Schizophrenia and Depression: A systematic Review of the Effectiveness and the Working Mechanisms Behind Acupuncture. Explore (NY). 2015 Jul-Aug;11(4):281-91.