Issue 40

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Addiction and Acupuncture

PROCEDURE PERFORMED AT MEDICAL WELLNESS ASSOCIATES BY EMMA McGOWAN, M.D. AND MARTIN GALLAGHER, M.D.

Acupuncture on the external parts of the ear may help drug and alcohol dependency problems. Five needles to certain points on the outside of the ear for 45 minutes helps alcohol, cigarette, and crack addicts reduce their craving and eases drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms, according to anecdotal reports of a licensed acupuncturist. The re-arrest rate among Miami drug users dropped from 63% to 3% within the first year of initiating a drug-treatment program using this type of acupuncture (auricular acupuncture). Auricular acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving substances. This procedure, known as Acudetox, can be taught to nurses, psychologists, social workers, and drug counselors if they complete a training program sponsored by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.

"Acupuncture Called Effective Treatment for Addictions," Mann, Denise, Medical Tribune, November 27, 1997;33.

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