A promising study called the “Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Severe Recidivist Alcoholism,” published in the UK medical journal, The Lancet, volume 333, revealed the potential for acupuncture as a tool to help those suffering from alcoholism.

Eighty patients were divided into two groups–the treatment group received the appropriate acupuncture treatments and the control group received sham acupuncture. Sham acupuncture means the acupuncture points selected were not specific to treating their condition.

At the end of the study, only 1 out of the 40 control group patients completed it, while 21 out of the 40 treatment group patients did.

After a six-month follow-up, it was found that patients from the control group had over two times as many drinking incidents and visits to rehabilitation centers than did the patients from the treatment group. These results show a significant advantage for those using acupuncture to battle severe recidivist alcoholism.

About Dr. Rosemary Harris

Dr. Harris is a Nationally Board Certified Licensed Acupuncture Physician practicing in Naples, Florida. Dr. Harris has studied and worked with great masters specializing in fertility and women’s health issues, and is a member of the American Pregnancy Association and sees patients from Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, and Estero, FL.

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