Auricular Acupuncture and Addiction

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art practiced in China and other parts of Asia for thousands of years. It is traditionally used to relieve a variety of conditions and ailments, including chronic pain, headaches, depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia, digestive disorders and hypertension. The use of acupuncture in the field of addiction treatment is more recent, but this alternative form of therapy offers new hope for people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Although acupuncture is not a cure for addiction, evidence supports that auricular acupuncture, a treatment in which short, paper-thin needles are inserted at specific points on the outside of the ear is an effective form of treatment when combined with counseling and other conventional forms of treatment.

Auricular acupuncture, practiced at many treatment centers, targets specific areas associated with the nervous system, as well as the kidney, liver and lungs—organs that are damaged by long-term use of drugs and alcohol.

The treatment can reduce intense cravings, promote relaxation, reduces anxiety and agitation improve the quality of sleep and provide relief from withdrawal symptoms. Patients often report feelings of peace, calm, and overall well-being.

Many researchers believe that acupuncture releases endorphins—naturally-occurring hormones that act as the body’s natural stress-fighters and pain killers. Endorphins, which are also released by strenuous exercise such as running, biking, or cross-country skiing, have a similar effect on the body as heroin or morphine.

However, auricular acupuncture is safe and completely natural. It isn’t painful or addictive, and and it creates no unwanted side-effects.

Contact us if addiction is interfering with your ability to life a full, happy life, or if you would like to learn more about auricular acupuncture. We are here to help you address your issues in a caring, highly professional manner.

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