Acupuncturists Stick It to Opioids

June 1st, 2017

The last week in May, members of the North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine came to the General Assembly building on Jones Street to demonstrate how acupuncture works and talk to lawmakers about how their skills could be useful in the fight against opioid abuse and overdose.

Acupuncture is an accepted treatment worldwide for various clinical conditions, and the effects of acupuncture on opiate addiction have been investigated in many clinical trials. The review below summarizes the quality of study design, the types of acupuncture applied, the commonly selected acupoints or sites of the body, the effectiveness of the treatment, and the possible mechanism underlying the effectiveness of acupuncture in various trials.

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