More and more areas of the international medical community are including acupuncture therapy as part of their treatment process for patients.
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, and hit the shores of the United States more than 200 years ago.
Acupuncture is effective for:
- Cancer patients (for pain, nausea, and other symptoms)
- Patients dealing with PTSD, depression and other mental health issues
- Obese patients and others with eating disorders
- Incarcerated people
- People with drug, alcohol, and other addictions
- Refugees in war affected areas
- Smoking cessation
Acupuncture and addiction
Acupuncture is the use of small, extremely thin needles that are inserted into specific points of the body. This traditional Chinese treatment has grown in popularity in the mainstream US medical community. The needles are thought to adjust and alter energy flow, and each point in the body relates to a certain emotion or organ.
The ear is the most common needle insertion point for those receiving acupuncture for addictions. Five points of the ear are related to addiction treatment:
- The Kidney Point- calms fears and heals the internal organs
- The Autonomic Point-calms the nervous system and helps with relaxation
- The Sprit Gate Point-reduces anxiety and nervousness
- The Lung Point-helps clients let go of grief, and generally has an opening effect on the body as a whole
- The Liver Point-detoxifies the body, purifies the blood, reduces feelings of aggression
Acupuncture treatments also involve a period of quiet following the treatment, which adds to the relaxation and calming effects. For many it is a way to slow down, and open the mind.
It is important to understand that although acupuncture isn’t particularly painful or dangerous, it should only be done by a trained acupuncturist. Absolutely new and sterile needles must be used each treatment, for each person. A side-benefit of acupuncture is that it is relatively cheap in relation to its benefits, an important thing in health care.