Anxiety, depression, addiction, stress and sleeping problems are common and affect all dimensions of life. The effect of medication is modest with severe side effects. It is essential to find a safe and effective treatment that reduces suffering. Complementary methods, like ear acupuncture, are interesting options. I focus on evidence, clinical experiences, and implementation of ear acupuncture in psychiatric care. I will present results from two qualitative studies where interviews were conducted with patients receiving ear acupuncture as an adjunct to usual care in a highly specialised ward for Anorexia Nervosa. Another interview study with health care professionals who use ear-acupuncture in different psychiatric settings report how they perceive ear acupuncture as a valuable tool. Utilization rate of ear acupuncture in a psychiatric ward is reported, and a survey reports how many Swedish psychiatric wards that use ear acupuncture. Decision-makers have been interviewed about how they decide about implementation of ear acupuncture in psychiatric care. I argue that ear acupuncture is a safe, effective and cost-effective intervention, highly appreciated by patients. Therefore, I argue that it is reasonable to implement ear acupuncture in publicly funded care so that more people can benefit from it.
Kajsa has written textbooks on ear acupuncture: “Öronakupunktur” (2004, in Swedish), “Ear Acupuncture – a practical guide” (2008, in English, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier) and the new book (“NADA. Öronakupunktur vid beroende och psykisk ohälsa” about the standardized five-point-protocol NADA used in addiction and psychiatric disease (2022. In Swedish, under translation into English.)