Acupuncture and Addictions
In the early 1970′s, H.L. Wen, MD., then the only neurosurgeon in all of South China and Hong Kong, was preparing to use electro-acupuncture as surgical analgesia. The patient he was treating happened to be experiencing withdrawal symptoms from opium at the time. He reported his symptoms of drug withdrawal had disappeared almost entirely after receiving treatment. Wen then began giving acupuncture to other patients experiencing effects of drug addiction and helped them to re-gain freedom in their life. Acupuncture for substance abuse was born.
Acupuncture aids people in the process of recovering from addictions. It is used in clinics throughout the world. Acupuncture has been shown to decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension, and help people relax. Acupuncture treatments, on a regular basis, help to clear the mind, increase energy, and provide a sense of well being.
According to Chinese tradition, placing acupuncture needles in the ear has the ability to affect specific organs such as the liver and kidneys which are major organs involved when dealing with addiction. Western science has confirmed that acupuncture treatments change levels of chemicals in the body naturally and non-invasively. Acupuncture itself is not a substitute for therapy or recovery programs but serves as a beneficial and effective complement to recovery programs and other therapies.
Why Acupuncture for Detox?
•Reduces the physical symptoms of withdrawal.
•Alleviates depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
•Profoundly relieves withdrawal symptoms including cravings, body aches, headache, nausea, sweating, muscle cramping, etc.
•The acupuncture detoxification program is an ideal partner with other programs. It reduces withdrawal symptoms so mental and physical stability are quickly achieved. This gives a new level of comfort allowing for more effective counseling. Twelve Step program participation, or participation in any other treatment program is considered important to recovery.
In addition, acupuncture…
1. Can be used safely with any other health condition.
2. Does not utilize other abusable, addictive drugs for treatment.
3. Can be effectively done on an outpatient basis.
4. Is successfully used as a drug detoxification method at over 100 different drug treatment clinics in the United States and is also successfully used for this purpose in at least 25 other countries.
During detoxification, your body filters out the toxins that it has been storing. Blood circulation begins to improve. Sometimes during the detoxification period you may feel achy, not sleep well, become irritable, or even have vivid dreams. Please let your acupuncturist know if you have any of these symptoms so that additional acupuncture points can be added to your treatment.