Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
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."
Ginzburg V, Hart CL. Acupuncture for the Treatment of Cocaine Addiction. JAMA. 2002;287(14):1800–1802. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1799
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