Acupuncture is considered an Eastern medicine therapy and technique that has been used over centuries to cure and provide relief from physical pain, and mental anguish. In the Asian culture, it has been used for numerous physiological complications. When the treatment was discovered by the rest of the world, acupuncture has been known to treat many other health conditions such as fibromyalgia, gynecological complications, knee injuries, neck pain, arthritis, and now mental problems such as anxiety and depression.
People with substance abuse addictions hardly ever think of alternative medicines and therapies as an aid for their addiction(s). Now, acupuncture is becoming more and more popular when is comes to dealing with substance abuse withdrawal and addictions. Just like other cravings such as nicotine, acupuncture can prove to be beneficial for the person who wants to recover back to a health body and mind state.
How Can Acupuncture Help Decrease Alcoholism and the Substance Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms?
• Acupuncture can relieve an individual of the heightened anxiety and depression they may feel when withdrawing from substances, as well as the insomnia that one goes through when going through withdrawal
• The physical symptoms are greatly reduced
• Cravings are reduced
• Headaches and nausea decrease significantly
• Body aches diminish
• The night sweats, tossing, and turning in the sleep ceases eventually
• Muscle cramping starts to disappear once the body becomes balanced again
• Headaches are not as frequent, if at all
Acupuncture is a procedure and therapy where the acupuncturist designs an acupressure plan for the individual with substance abuse based on their addiction, where the pain is felt, what withdrawal symptoms they have from drug or alcohol abuse, the health and family history, emotional levels, and daily lifestyle. When the session begins, the acupuncturist will insert tiny, thin-like needles into the points that they designed to help provide the client with relief. As addiction is very serious, the individual undergoing the therapy might have to attend two to three times a week for four to five weeks or more. Then the acupuncturist might request that they come in for monthly or bi-monthly session after that so as to maintain their recovery, hormonal balance, and the body’s vital energy flow. (known as Qi)
What is Qi?
Qi, pronounced as ‘chee’, is known as the body’s ‘vital energy.’ If the Qi is balanced and flowing throughout the body freely, the individual will feel relief from the cravings and withdrawal symptoms. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that if the Qi is blocked by anything within the body, the person will feel ill, or suffer from some type of condition. If the Qi is flowing, and balanced, then the person will be healthier and feel signs of relief, both mentally and physically.
Acupuncture and the Ear Pressure Point
The ear is used quite a lot in acupuncture therapy as it connects to some of the body’s major organs such as the kidney, liver, nervous systems and lungs. Thin needles are placed within the ears in the appropriate place for the organ being targeted. The procedure and sessions usually take from a half hour to an hour and is supposed to be in a calming atmosphere. When the needles are inserted, they begin to release endorphins which make an individual feel content, relaxed, and happy. If the endorphins are released, the person is less likely to have cravings for the substance of their choice, and withdrawal from alcoholism will not be as difficult. An individual who is interested in this type of therapy should talk to their family doctor first and possibly their addictions counselor as well.