23. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Addiction

A US study has found that auricular acupuncture and relaxation response (RR) sessions can help reduce cravings and anxiety among military veterans in recovery from substance use disorders. Sixty-seven residents of a homeless veteran rehabilitation program were enrolled in a three-arm trial and randomly assigned to acupuncture, RR sessions or usual care. Participants in the two intervention groups rated their degree of cravings on a scale of one to 10 and anxiety levels on a scale of one to four before and after each intervention session. Craving and anxiety levels decreased significantly following one session of either acupuncture or RR intervention. The level of craving was shown to continue to drop with additional sessions. (Acupuncture and relaxation response for craving and anxiety reduction among military veterans in recovery from substance use disorder. Am J Addict. 2014 Mar­Apr;23(2):129-36).