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Patients that were going to have dental extractions were randomized to auricular acupuncture, placebo acupuncture, and intranasal midazolam and compared with a no-treatment group. The auricular acupuncture group and the midazolam group were significantly less anxious at 30 minutes after the treatment as compared with patients in the placebo acupuncture group. In addition, patient compliance assessed by the dentist was significantly improved if auricular acupuncture or application of intranasal midazolam had been performed.

-- Karst, M., Winterhalter, M., Munte, S., Francki, B., Hondronikos, A., Eckardt, A., Hoy, L., Buhck, H., Bernateck, M. & Fink, M. (2007). Auricular acupuncture for dental anxiety: a randomized controlled trial. Anesthesia Analog, 104, 295-300.

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the potential efficacy and acceptability of accupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder. Acupuncture may be an efficacious and acceptable nonexposure treatment option for posttraumatic stress disorder. Larger trials with additional controls and methods are warranted to replicate and extend these findings.

-- J Nerv Ment Dis. 2007 Jun;195(6):504-13. Acupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled pilot trial.Hollifield M, Sinclair-Lian N, Warner TD, Hammerschlag R.

The integration of complementary therapies into community mental health practice may hold promise of enhancing mental health outcomes and improving quality of life for long-term users of mental health services. The description includes acupuncture as a therapy.

-- J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Jun;11(3):569-74. Integrating complementary therapies into community mental health practice: an exploration.Collinge W, Wentworth R, Sabo S.

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