Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 244–247 | Cite as

Effect of electroacupuncture on anxiety and craving in heroin addicts during detoxification

  • Jing-ping Mu
  • Li Liu
  • Heng Liao
  • Huan-gan Wu
  • Ping Xu
Clinical Study



To observe the effect of electroacupuncture at Jiaji (EX-B 2) points for anxiety and craving in heroin addicts during detoxification.


A total of 60 cases were randomized into an electroacupuncture group and a control group, 30 in each group. Cases in the electroacupuncture group were treated with electroacupuncture at Jiaji (EX-B 2) points, whereas cases in the control group were treated with Methadone and Doxepin. Then scores were graded using Zung self-rating anxiety score (SAS) and self-made visual analogue scale (VAS). The assessment was conducted once a day to record the adverse reactions.


After treatment, the SAS and VAS scores in the electroacupuncture group were significantly lower than that in the control group (P<0.01).


Electroacupuncture at Jiaji (EX-B 2) points can effectively alleviate anxiety and craving intensity in heroin addicts during detoxification.

Key Words

Acupuncture Therapy Electroacupuncture Heroin Dependence Substance Withdrawal Syndrome Anxiety 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jing-ping Mu
    • 1
  • Li Liu
    • 1
  • Heng Liao
    • 1
  • Huan-gan Wu
    • 2
  • Ping Xu
    • 2
  1. 1.Taihe Hospital Affiliated to Hubei Medical CollegeShiyanChina
  2. 2.Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese MedicineShanghaiChina

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