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Editor's Correspondence
March 26, 2001

New Sham Method in Auricular Acupuncture

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(6):894. doi:

We read with interest the randomized controlled trial by Avants et al1 suggesting that auricular acupuncture may reduce cocaine dependence. The authors made a laudable effort to develop adequate controls for auricular acupuncture treatment in a series of trials.2-4 We would like to suggest a sham acupuncture method that offers the advantage of patient-blinding and avoidance of needle insertion (which some authors believe has physiological effects and therefore is an "unfair" placebo).5

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