There have been many successful research projects into the potential
beneficial effects of auricular acupuncture for substance misuse.
As long ago as 1975 Wen et al compared drug abstinence in an ear acupuncture
group and a methadone group. The ear acupuncture group were reported to
be nearly twice as likely to be free of drugs at one year (51% Aac v 29%
compared true ear acupuncture to sham acupuncture. Those assigned true acupuncture attended the clinic more, reported less heroin use, had less evidence of drug use in urine samples and stayed in treatment longer than those assigned sham acupuncture.compared true ear acupuncture to sham acupuncture.