Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences

Alternative Medicine

A Study of Acupuncture and Massage for Depression During Pregnancy

Pregnant women who are eligible are randomized to receive at least 8 weeks of FREE treatment with acupuncture or massage. Some participants will be eligible to continue treatment until 10 weeks post partum. The study is open to pregnant women, over 18, who experience depression. Participants must be who are in stable medical condition. Treatments are provided at locations across the larger San Francisco Bay Area. Assessments are provided at Stanford University. More information is available at (650) 724-4431 or .
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Stanford Acupuncture for Hot Flashes Study

The goal of the hot flash study is to investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for post-menopausal hot flashes. Interested women who qualify for the study will receive 8 weeks of acupuncture. Interested participants, please contact: (650) 724-8956 or .


Hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention (absorption) with a reduction in peripheral awareness (dissociation) and a heightened sensitivity to social cues. Studies have shown it to be highly effective as a tool for pain and anxiety reduction, and well as certain kinds of habit control. We are examining the effect of hypnosis on perception in the brain, based on event-related potential studies we and others have done showing that hypnotic alteration in vision, hearing, or physical sensation alters the response of the relevant sensory association cortex to stimuli. This means that hypnotic analgesia actually reduces pain, not just the response to it. We are conducting clinical and basic neurophysiology trials.

  1. Alternative Treatments for Long-Term Depressed Mood: Meditation and Hypnosis
  2. Evaluation of Two Psychological Interventions for Children Undergoing A Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCUG)

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