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Training Held To Treat Addiction With Ear Acupuncture

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Ear acupuncture isn’t the most mainstream way to treat addiction but advocates are hoping to change that.

Advocates say it reduces stress and depression and is a tool to help people battling substance abuse.

“In early recovery, it helps to reduce cravings, it helps to reduce anxiety, trauma, body aches, headaches, nausea,” said Elizabeth Ropp, advocate and licensed acupuncturist.

The event is also the second training in the state since a law was passed last summer allowing counselors, peer recovery coaches, and others to certify as acupuncture detoxification specialists.

But Ropp said those people still aren’t allowed to practice on others because they’re not licensed.

“This treatment is very safe,” she said. “No malpractice claim has ever been filed by anyone who practices ear acupuncture as an acupuncture detoxification specialist. So there really isn’t any need whatsoever for the Board of Acupuncture Licensing to put restrictions on it.”

Read more at WMUR