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Acupuncture Lowers Meth Withdrawal Symptoms

HB_1014_EarAcupunctureResearch from China published earlier this year in the journal Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion suggests that electro-acupuncture and ear acupuncture—also called auricular acupuncture—can alleviate symptoms of withdrawal from methamphetamine addiction. For four weeks, 90 patients that were attempting to withdraw from methamphetamine use received either electro-acupuncture, ear acupuncture or no treatment. Compared with the no-treatment group, those given electro-acupuncture and ear acupuncture treatments showed significant reductions in anxiety, depression and withdrawal symptoms. Between the two acupuncture treatments, the electro-acupuncture group did better during withdrawals than the auricular group.

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