Acupuncture outperforms drugs for the treatment of Tourette’s syndrome. In a controlled clinical trial, Heilongjiang Traditional Chinese Medicine University researchers conclude that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of Tourette’s syndrome. Two groups were compared. An acupuncture treatment group achieved a total efficacy rate of 82.5% and a drug control group achieved a total efficacy rate of 62.5%.
Patients in the drug control group received administration of the drug haloperidol, a pharmaceutical antidepressant. Haloperidol is widely used as an antipsychotic medication for the treatment of schizophrenia, but it is also used for controlling Tourette’s syndrome. Based on the data, the researchers conclude that acupuncture outperforms haloperidol for the treatment of Tourette’s syndrome. In addition, they add that “the adverse effect rate of the acupuncture group is significantly lower than that of the drug group.” The results indicate that acupuncture is both more effective and safer than administration of haloperidol for the treatment of Tourette’s syndrome.
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