Acupuncture and Cocaine Addiction: The Community Clinic Experience


Acupuncture and Cocaine Addiction: The Community Clinic Experience

Reference: Southall D. Complementary therapy to fight drug addiction. Nursing Times 1997; 93:48-9.

Summary: This article summarizes the experience of one psychiatric nurse in setting up an acupuncture clinic in Birmingham, England, after a visit to a similar setting in the South Bronx. The author visited the Lincoln Clinic in New York which has been providing five needle auricular acupuncture and detoxification tea therapy for crack cocaine addiction for years. The tea used included Matricaria recutita (chamomile), Scutellaria lateriflora (skullcap), Nepeta cataria (catmint), Mentha piperita (peppermint), Achillea millefolium (yarrow), Sambucus (elder) and Humulus lupulus (hops). One cup was given during each 30 minute needling session; more during acute problems. The Lincoln Clinic said 65% of the 226 patients followed had negative urine tests (taken before every treatment) 80% or more of the time. After much bureaucratic haggling the author set up a clinic in the U.K. and relates the experiences involved in doing so. Suggestions are offered on how to go about such an endeavor. A study on the effectiveness of the center was planned after two years of operation.

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By E. Yarnell

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