Today, there appears to be new hope for those who suffer from addictions to substances harmful to their health. Acupuncture is rapidly increasing in popularity as an effective aid in the control of many addictions—from serious ones involving alcohol and hard drugs, to relatively less serious ones involving nicotine and overeating.
Research has shown that Acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. Their level is also increased by endurance exercises, and they are responsible for the phenomenon called “runner’s high”, a feeling of euphoria experienced by long-distance runners who have crossed the five-mile line. It seems that the cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why Acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.
We provide an Ear Acupuncture protocol called NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association). NADA refers to the five-point Ear Acupuncture protocol for recovery from addictions, particularly addiction to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and even hunger cravings. And of course, full body Acupuncture is available along with the ear Detox protocol.
Not only does does this system reduce the cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance, and need for pharmaceuticals, but it helps create a more optimistic and synergistic attitude towards the process of recovery, and has been reported to improve program retention. It essentially reboots the sympathetic nervous system, that “fight or flight” response that can get out of hand, causing us to experience escalating anxiety and heightened stress. Addicts report a marked reduction in craving for drugs, a relief from symptoms of withdrawal, and feelings of relaxation along with improved sleep.
Acupuncture offers Addiction Support for the following: