Acupuncture has been around for many centuries. As you may or may not be familiar with, acupuncture is one of the four fundamental pillars of Chinese medicine.
This therapy believes in the overall human being wellness. By the stimulating different points on the body, acupuncture restores the flow of vital energy.
It is an ancient Chinese belief that energy–chi in Chinese- is the responsibility of human balance. When this energy is unbalanced is when disorders and illnesses occur to the mind, the body and the soul of the human beings.
Acupuncture works with different points in the body; one of them is the ear. Traditionally, this is known as auricular acupuncture, which stimulates the external part of the ear with small needles to treat several illnesses. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine, the auricular part resembles a whole body, therefore, there are specific points in the ear that represent a human organ.
Ear acupuncture has proven to be an efficient method of treating a wide variety of conditions, from headaches to allergies, to drug addiction and pain disorders.
Today we will describe how auricular acupuncture for drug addiction is effective.
On previous articles we were talking about the benefits of auricular acupuncture to quit smoking, so today we will talk about another important addiction, drug abuse. It is important to mention, that in this recent world where acupuncture is an alternative medicine and complementary treatment, The National Institute on Drug Abuse has stressed that the use of ear acupuncture to treat drug addiction is effective and leads to significant results.
Although ear acupuncture or any acupuncture does not prevent the use of drugs in a patient, as that decision must come directly from the person who has the drug addiction, it helps ease the different withdrawal symptoms caused by drug detoxification and even alcohol.
Benefits of ear acupuncture for substance use:
- Withdrawal symptoms–Auricular acupuncture helps to reduce the withdrawal symptoms associated with sobriety
- Improves sleep and helps deal with insomnia
- Promotes relaxation- Ear acupuncture stimulates the overall neurological system, promoting relaxation in the patient.
- Stimulates the release of endorphins- This enhances the immune system and reduces pain, stress, and anxiety caused by sobriety.
- Reduces cravings- The use of needles in one’s ears helps those with drug abuse problems to diminish the cravings they might experience.
Auricular Acupuncture For Drug Addiction — a cost-effective treatment.
The good thing about ear acupuncture is that it’s cost-effective, for people already in recovery settings. Doctors recommend ear acupuncture therapy as a complementary therapy, along with mental and social therapy.
Patients could meet 2 or 3 times a week at the start of the treatment, however, the appointments are cut back as soon as doctors see the manifested progress in patients with drug abuse problems.
Some 28-day rehab programs already use ear acupuncture, but only once a week. For ear acupuncture to be most effective, a person in early recovery should get the treatment every day until they test drug-free for 7-10 days. A person, thereafter, should continue treatment as needed to prevent relapse.
It has been reported that patients who have received ear acupuncture therapy along with other types of detox treatments have presented improvement even after six months of the end of the program. Usually, they lost all symptoms of anxiety, stress, and pain. Some patients’ state that their sleeping problems have ceased and their overall mental state as well.
Acupuncture is becoming a popular complementary treatment in addiction recovery programs. Auricular or ear acupuncture is a popular form of this treatment that involves shallow insertion of a thin needle at various points on the skin of the external ear to help ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings.
It is important to mention again, that auricular acupuncture does not do the entire job and patients need firstly to be on board with quitting these deadly substances.
It is also important to highlight that acupuncture should be used in combination with other recovery strategies, such as psychotherapy, 12-step programs, group counseling, or other alternative and complementary treatments, such as art or music therapy, meditation, nutritional counseling, exercise programs, or yoga. If you need more information, give us a call for a free and confidential consultation.