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A review of systematic reviews carried out by researchers from Portugal has concluded that auriculotherapy is backed up by enough scientific evidence to be indicated as an adjunctive treatment for chronic pain. A total of 14 reviews covering all types of auricular therapy (including needling, electrostimulation, seeds or magnetic pellets, and blood-letting) were included. The findings suggest that auriculotherapy may be used as an adjunctive therapy in pain management, particularly for headaches, back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis, as well as in the treatment of insomnia and smoking cessation. Benefits of auriculotherapy included reducing the use of conventional medications, minimising potential adverse effects, and reducing the time required to achieve positive results.

Does auriculotherapy have therapeutic effectiveness? An overview of systematic reviews. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 Nov;33:61-70.


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