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Subject:

Re: Studies of ear acupunture

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Wed, 22 Sep 1999 23:53:42 EDT

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Hello All,

There are studies out there - look up references in the Medline database for 
example.
But to my knowledge they are all methodologically seriously flawed, and so no 
useful conclusions can be made. So the usefulness of acupuncture for narcotic 
addiction is still unproven. ter Riet, et al (1) comment something to the 
effect that the better the research trial methodology, the more likely it 
looks that acupuncture will not be effective for helping with withdrawal from 
habituating substances.

So to answer Janne Towberg's question:
>>Are there any validated studies on ear AP concerning abstinence and 
problems concerning withdrawal of narcotics?<<
The answer in my opinion is "No".

Reference:
ter Riet G., Kleijnen J, and Knipschild P, 1990. A meta analysis of studies 
into the effect of acupuncture on addiction. British Journal of General 
Practice 40:379-382.

That was a very strange state of affairs where the Swedish group financially 
supported Janne Tomberg'sTCM training only to not accept the qualification, 
assuming the account in the earlier message was factually correct. Seems a 
total waste of Swedish funds.

With best wishes,
David.

David H. Jaggar, MRCVS, DC
Boulder, Colorado, USA
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