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Sheng Li Ke Xue Jin Zhan. 2008 Oct;39(4):325-30.

Acupuncture for the treatment of drug addiction

[Article in Chinese]

Cui CL, Wu LZ, Luo F, Han JS.

Neuroscience Research Institute, Peking University, Beijing, China.

Abstract

Over the last three decades there has been an increasing interest in acupuncture treatment of substance abuse around the world. Three important steps can be identified in this field. Dr. H. L. Wen of Hong Kong was the first (1973) to report that acupuncture at 4 body points and 2 ear points combined with electrical stimulation can relieve opiate withdrawal signs in the addicts. The second major step was made by Dr. M. Smith in New York, the head of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) of the U.S.A., who finalized a protocol (1985), using only ear points without electrical stimulation for the treatment of drug abuse. The recent advance in this field was made by Prof. J. S. Han and his colleagues in Neuroscience Research Institute of the Peking University, Beijing, who characterized a protocol (1992- ), using electrical stimulation of identified frequencies on body points to ameliorate heroin withdrawal signs and prevent relapse to heroin use. In this review, the efficacy of acupuncture and related techniques for the treatment of drug dependence in experimental settings and clinical practice will be reviewed, and the possible mechanisms underlying this effect be discussed.

PMID: 19119614 [PubMed – in process]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19119614

Recently, in our office, there are several patients with drug abuse/withdraw syndrome, after acupuncture, they feel improved, both physically and mentally.

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Dr. Fan was a neurologist for 10 years, an internist for 16 years in Nanjing, China before he moved to Washington DC area. He had treated over 240 Tourette’s syndrome (tics) patients in China, mainly using Chinese herbology, i.e. individualized herbal tea, or prepared herbal pills/extracts.  Most of Tourette’s syndrome patients were Children. One of his formulas is registered in the China FDA Jiangsu Provincial branch as an herbal medicine (hospital use) for Tourette’s syndrome.

In the USA, because his special background in both Chinese Medicine and Neurology, some Tourette’s syndrome patients also come to see him. Using acupuncture, mainly scalp acupuncture, sometime combining herbal medicine, he has treated over 20 patients, most of them are adults. Most of patients feel very good, at least such a CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) modality help them minimizing the tics and also diminishing the anxiety, most important, almost no adverse effect.

Dr. Fan has been invited by a local Chinese medicine association, called Association of Chinese Medicine Doctors from China Mainland in the Greater Washington DC, to discuss the treatments and efficacy in Tourette’s syndrome on April 11, 2010 in Rockville, Maryland.

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