Research: BIER and co-workers, I

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Abstract

BIER and co-workers, I.B. Scientific, LLC, 1 Griffith Drive, Durham, NH 03824, USA, drbier@ibscientific.com, examined auricular acupuncture, education, and smoking cessation .

Background

The study evaluates the effect of auricular acupuncture alone and in combination with education on smoking cessation and cigarette consumption .

Methodology

Randomized, sham-controlled prospective trial of 141 adults in a quasi-factorial design using acupuncture, sham acupuncture and education .

Results

All groups showed significant reduction in smoking, with the combined acupuncture – education group showing the greatest effect . The trend continued in follow-ups; however significant differences were not maintained . The amount smoked and number of years smoked negatively correlated with the treatment effect.

Conclusion

Acupuncture and education, alone and in combination, significantly reduce smoking ; combined they show a greater effect .

References

Bier ID, Wilson J, Studt P, Shakleton M. Auricular acupuncture, education, and smoking cessation: a randomized, sham-controlled trial. American Journal of Public Health 92 (10): 1642-1647, Oct 2002.

Comment

Comment: As the above research suggests, there is a considerable amount of clinical work being carried out investigating the therapeutic efficacy of acupuncture for a range of conditions.

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