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In a placebo-controlled study, 80 severe recidivist alcoholics received acupuncture either at points specific for the treatment of substance abuse (treatment group) or at nonspecific points (control group). 21 of 40 patients in the treatment group completed the programme compared with 1 of 40 controls. Significant treatment effects persisted at the end of(More)
We report clinical data on the efficacy of acupuncture for alcohol dependence. 503 patients whose primary substance of abuse was alcohol participated in this randomized, single blind, placebo controlled trial. Patients were assigned to either specific acupuncture, nonspecific acupuncture, symptom based acupuncture or convention treatment alone. Alcohol use(More)
BACKGROUND Patient use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is on the rise. With millions of Americans using CAM, it has become imperative from the public health point of view to undertake a coordinated research effort that will thoroughly evaluate the role and effectiveness of CAM modalities. METHODS We developed a prospective data-collection(More)
CONTEXT Auricular acupuncture is widely used to treat cocaine addiction in the United States and Europe. However, evidence from controlled studies regarding this treatment's effectiveness has been inconsistent. OBJECTIVE To investigate the effectiveness of auricular acupuncture as a treatment for cocaine addiction. DESIGN Randomized, controlled,(More)
We performed a randomized trial of acupuncture on a group of 54 hardcore alcoholic recidivists to determine if sobriety could be achieved and episodes of drinking and/or Detox Center admissions be decreased by this mode of therapy. Patients in the treatment group received acupuncture points specific for the treatment of substance abuse; control patients(More)
A single-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study was performed to evaluate auricular acupuncture (AAc) in the treatment of cocaine addiction. Two linked but concurrent studies were done. In Study 1, residential clients (N = 236) were randomized to true acupuncture (Ac), sham Ac, and conventional treatment without Ac. Treatment group subjects received Ac(More)
The research on the efficacy of acupuncture substance abuse treatment is generally still in an early stage. The methodological weaknesses found in the acupuncture research can be found in most substance abuse research. Sufficient early trial, empirical findings suggest that there are positive treatment effects. Certainly, use of the treatment is popular and(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare SF-36, pain Visual Analog Scale (VAS), and sleep VAS outcomes of an adjustable airbed with innerspring mattresses in a population of chronic back pain sufferers. STUDY DESIGN A-B-A trial, in 3 phases: the patients on their own bed for 1 night, on an adjustable airbed for 28 nights, and on their bed for 14 nights. SETTING Outpatient(More)
OBJECTIVE Musculoskeletal (MS) disorders are among the more common conditions for which patients seek relief. The treatment of choice for MS disorders in Western medicine is the administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) agents. However, patients in increasing numbers are seeking out complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) for MS disorders.(More)
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