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This study randomly assigned 46 smokers to two groups. One was treated at points recognised for their anti-smoking effect, whilst the other was given acupuncture treatment at points assumed to have no effect for smoking cessation....

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More support for the important role of acupuncture in treating substance abuse comes from a study carried out in the psychiatric unit of a general hospital on 47 patients. Compared to a control group, those who received auricular...

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Rapid Opiate Detoxification (ROD) is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for substance abuse but is associated with severe withdrawal symptoms. In a study to determine if acupuncture could reduce these symptoms,...

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Research has shown that acupuncture can offer significant benefits to public health programmes to help people stop smoking. 141 smokers were assigned to receive either i. true acupuncture and anti-smoking education, ii. sham...

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A Swedish study has investigated the possible benefits of giving ear acupuncture to male and female substance abusers in prison. Prisoners were offered a treatment programme comprising 14 treatments over a 4-week period. 145...

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Auricular acupuncture  continues to gain popularity  as an adjunct to substance abuse treatment. In a study carried out by Merle West Center for Medical
Research, thirty-seven  patients who received  acupuncture (AC) during the ...

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An exploratory study evaluated the benefits of adding auricular acupuncture to a 21-day outpatient structured psychoeducational treatment programme for women with concurrent substance use problems, anxiety and depression. Women...

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Acupuncture has been found to reduce drug use and withdrawal symptoms in a study carried out in Vancouver, Canada. 2,755 treatments were given on a voluntary drop-in basis at two clinics in the city. Patients who presented for...

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The Chinese herb Ge Gen (Puerariae Radix) appears to be able to reduce alcohol consumption in heavy drinkers. Those who were given the herb extract in capsule form for seven days prior to a drinking session cut their alcohol...

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A meta-analysis of acupuncture as an adjunctive treatment for opiate detoxification has been carried out by Chinese authors. They searched English and Chinese databases for randomised trials comparing acupuncture combined with...

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