Acupuncture Does Work In Drug Dependence Withdrawal Programmes?

Acupuncture Does Work In Drug Dependence Withdrawal Programmes?



Despite major studies to the contrary in 2002, which led to a reduction in the use of acupuncture in helping addicts in withdrawal programmes, Dr Adrian White, from the Department of Primary Care, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Acupuncture in Medicine, argues that the research evidence needs to be reviewed.

In a paper published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, Dr White argues that the evidence suggests that acupuncture may have some effects on drug dependence that have been missed because of choice of outcome in many previous studies, and future studies should use outcomes suggested by clinical experience.

He notes that Body Acupuncture, used in 13 studies, was associated with positive outcomes for craving and withdrawal symptoms but not for abstinence or attrition; Electroacupuncture, used in seven studies, was associated with positive results with all four outcomes; and Bilateral Needling used in 20 studies was associated with effects on abstinence, craving and withdrawal symptoms.


Other articles in the May (2013) journal Acupuncture in Medicine look at topics like Transient paralysis during acupuncture therapy: a case report of an adverse event; Fear of acupuncture enhances sympathetic activation to acupuncture stimulation; Changes in skin surface temperature at an acupuncture point with moxibustion; and Cupping: what matters is not the intervention itself but how it is practised.

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