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April 10, 2002

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Cocaine Addiction

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(14):1800-1802. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1799

To the Editor: Dr Margolin and colleagues1 concluded that "acupuncture was not more effective than a needle insertion or relaxation control in reducing cocaine use." However, because the authors used only the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Auricular Acupuncture Protocol, their conclusion may not apply to acupuncture in general. Inserting needles in "sympathetic," "lung," "liver," and "shen men" points without making a diagnosis according to traditional chinese medicine2 is similar to inserting needles into control "non-NADA–specified points."

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