In this clinical experiment, women receiving acupuncture reported significant improvements compared to those in the control group. Specifically, the women noticed reduced physiological cravings for substances. They felt significantly less depressed and anxious and were better able to reflect on and resolve difficulties.
The researchers found that acupuncture, as an adjunct therapy to a comprehensive psychoeducational treatment program, shows promise in being an effective, more viable treatment alternative to anti-anxiety drugs anxiolytics for women with addictions.
This study was published in Family & Community Health April/June 2007 Volume 30 Number 2 Pages 112 – 120.