Acupuncture for Women With Concurrent Substance Use and Anxiety/Depression
In this controlled trial, women receiving acupuncture reported
- having reduced physiological cravings for substances,
- felt significantly less depressed, less anxious, and
- were better able to reflect on and resolve difficulties
than women in the control group.
It was found that auricular acupuncture, as an adjunct therapy to a comprehensive psychoeducational treatment program for women with addictions, shows promise in being an effective, more viable treatment alternative to anti-anxiety drugs anxiolytics.
This study was published in Family & Community Health April/June 2007 Volume 30 Number 2 Pages 112 – 120.