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Swedish researchers carried out qualitative analysis on interviews from 25 patients who were undergoing treatment in an inpatient clinic programme. The programme included structured eating, medication, restrictions in physical activity and supportive dialogue. Patients were also offered semi-standardised ear acupuncture based on the NADA protocol as an adjunct to usual care. Points including auricular Hypogastric Plexus and Constipation, and body acupuncture points such as Baihui DU-20, Sishencong M-HN-1, Yintang M-HN-3 and Shaochong HE-9 could be added to the NADA protocol to customise the treatment. Acupressure beads to stimulate ear points could also be requested by patients. Acupuncture was carried out twice a week for as long as patients were admitted. Extra acupuncture sessions were provided on request. Acupuncture was appreciated by programme participants, and experienced to relieve anxiety and somatic symptoms throughout the treatment process. Patients described acupuncture as benefiting both body and mind, easing the struggle to get better, and expressed how it helped them in all phases of their recovery. Acupuncture was described as an attractive personalised part of the treatment, as a tool that made it possible to influence their own wellness, and as something that made life easier during the stressful treatment period.

Getting Well Is More Than Gaining Weight - Patients' Experiences of a Treatment Program for Anorexia Nervosa Including Ear Acupuncture. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2020 Jan 15:1-11)