Author: Robyn Porteous
Published: Aug 31 2014
In recent times, Western medicine has begun to accept the use of alternative methods of treatments - particularly acupuncture - for certain disorders, illnesses, aches and pains. When it comes to addiction, acupuncture is thought to help reduce the often-nasty physical symptoms that go along with cravings and withdrawal. With this in mind we’re taking a look at the thinking behind acupuncture in treating addiction.
Treating acupuncture through addiction involves inserting thin needles into five specific parts on the ear. This particular practice is known as auricular acupuncture and is based upon the premise that the five points are all linked to other parts of the body. The treatment then stimulates the areas and changes the body’s chemicals and signals to the brain, which lessens the impact of addiction and withdrawal.
There are many particular ways that auricular acupuncture can help. Because acupuncture is known to increase blood circulation, it can help treat damaged organs and tissue that have been damaged by substance abuse. Aside from positively impacting circulation, it increases restful sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, helps to control the body’s cravings, and provides a general sense of wellbeing for those who may be in in a constant state of flux. This is a result of endorphin production, thereby upping the “feel good factor” with each treatment.
Considering all of the above, it’s believed that acupuncture can help to provide an addict with more control during the period of withdrawal. Not only will this allow them to focus on the psychological issues, but it will also reduce the chances of relapsing.
When it comes to the nature of addiction, there are some particular addictions that will respond better to acupuncture than others. These conditions include alcohol, tobacco and opiates abuse, while gambling, over-eating, and sex can also be partially treated.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, it’s important you get help at once. While determination and will power are essential to overcoming the condition, acupuncture can play a pivotal role in aiding the process of healing and making it easier to cope with the negative side effects when it comes to withdrawal and craving. As with any type of acupuncture treatment, it should not be used alone and works best when done in conjunction with other therapies, thereby ensuring you gain the maximum benefit and have the best chance at living a life free from addiction.
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