In Hong Kong, the ancient Chinese medical technique of acupuncture has been put into use to try and curb the island's increasing drug addiction problem.
GV Tung Wah Hospital building.
CU Sign of acupuncture drug treatment centre.
SV Nurse preparing needles for treatment.
SV Doctor inspecting patient's record.
CU Nurse inserting a needle into concha and connecting electric stimulator. (2 shots)
CU Addict controls the electric-stimulator (4 shots)
CU Needle in patient's concha.
SV Doctor being consulted by addict. (2 shots)
SV Laboratory technician testing addict's urine. (2 shots)
SV Urinalysis at laboratory. (4 shots)
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Background: In Hong Kong, the ancient Chinese medical technique of acupuncture has been put into use to try and curb the island's increasing drug addiction problem.
SYNOPSIS: What's thought to be the world's first drug treatment centre using acupuncture opened recently.
So far more than 300 addicts have agreed to undergo the treatment, which last 14 days.
The technique involves suppressing the withdrawal symptoms of a patient by applying a nine-volt electrical current through a pair of acupuncture needles which have been inserted in the addict's ears. The addicts control the stimulator at a frequency of 125 cycles per second.
After the treatment, many of the addicts have told doctors that withdrawal symptoms of stomach cramps, running noses, aching bones and coldness disappear after about 25 minutes on the stimulator. The centre has been founded jointly by the United States Narcotics Institute and the Hong Kong government. They're hoping that acupuncture could be used on a large scale to help the island's estimated 100,000 drug addicts.