Acupuncture clinic set up for addicts

People with addiction issues may now get acupuncture treatment on top of regular Western-based treatment.

This pilot service by The National Addictions Management Service (Nams) at the Institute of Mental Health is meant to study the benefits of acupuncture as an adjunct treatment to existing programmes.

The acupuncture clinic is co-located with the Nams clinic.

The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Health.

It aims to promote recovery by reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms, pain and cravings, as well as the symptoms of disorders such as mood disorder and anxiety.

Said associate professor Wong Kim Eng, clinical director of Nams: "Some patients may be inclined towards acupuncture as a drug-free, reasonably-priced supplementary treatment with possible benefits and low side effects."

A typical patient with addiction may require a minimum of 10 sessions over six weeks. Each session may last for 30 minutes.

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