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Acupuncture in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

 

            Acupuncture is a thousand years old natural healing art and was introduced to U.S. from China more than 30 years ago. Acupuncture is a recognized medical procedure by World Health Organization (WHO). Acupuncture in fighting chemical dependency was discovered by a neurosurgeon in 1974 and was endorsed by National Institute of Health (NIH) as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative for addictions in 1997.

 

Effects of Acupuncture on addictions and clinical outcomes

 

How does acupuncture work?

  1. Acupuncture regulates the nervous system, tranquilizes the mind, relieves the tension, and helps people relax by triggering the body to release certain natural body chemicals, such as raised level of endorphins in the nervous system, which can decrease cravings and alleviate the withdrawal symptoms.
  2. Acupuncture improves functional activities of internal organs, such as liver, lungs, and kidneys, etc. which detoxify and eliminate the poison from the various body systems.
  3. Acupuncture strengthens the body’s immune system, builds-up the energy level, and promotes general health.

 

Clinical outcomes:

  1. Dr.Smith from the first drug detoxification center in Lincoln clinic in New York City explains: primary value of acupuncture is cessation of withdrawal symptoms and reduction of drug craving by stimulating relaxation.
  2. There is a consensus from medical community that acupuncture does have a soothing, relaxing effect which extremely helpful to people experiencing any kind of lifestyle change, especially a change of the magnitude of drug withdrawal.
  3. The most effective and powerful treatment for fighting addiction is to combine the acupuncture treatment with individual counseling and group therapies.

 

Endorsements from experts

 

  1. Dr.Kendall from the National Guild of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine strongly recommended that the use of acupuncture has demonstrated the capability of playing a significant role in recovery of drug and alcohol addictions.
  2. In 2000, after Yale University-School of Medicine published the report on study of acupuncture treatment for drug addiction, Dr.Alan Leshner, a director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, state: “this is a well down clinical trial.” It revealed that acupuncture is a treatment approach that ought to be considered seriously. He also added that acupuncture could be used in conjunction with other therapies, such as psychological counseling to improve treatment outcomes.
  3. Dr.Iead, a clinical coordinator at the Grant Street Partnership, an addiction services agency in New Haven, Connecticut, states: “The results are indisputable. We have been doing it here for years and it works. The results are fantastic. Some of our most difficult cases have turned their lives around because of it.”