First, What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient technique from Traditional Chinese Medicine that believes there are lines of energy running through the body called meridians. When there is an issue in the body or disease, it’s believed to be a blockage in the movement along those meridians. Micro-thin, sterile needles are used to facilitate the flow of energy and an acupuncturist knows which areas to stimulate. Each acupuncture point is mapped out on the body and serves a certain function. When the right meridian is tapped, it relieves tension in the corresponding organ of the body. 

How Can It Be Helpful During Recovery?

Acupuncture has been found to be useful in relieving the symptoms of addiction such as withdrawal and cravings. Its intention is to make the patient more comfortable during the recovery process, so they can focus on sobriety. 

As previously discussed, each acupuncture point is mapped out on the body and serves a certain function. For example, three organs have points on the ear: kidney, lung, and liver. By stimulating these points the lung and kidney function is thought to be improved and toxins in the liver are flushed out – improving the overall health of someone in recovery. A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric And Mental Health Nursing (2012) notes that ear acupuncture (also known as auricular acupuncture) helps reduce anxiety and other symptoms caused by drug and alcohol withdrawal. The patients also experienced increased relaxation and well-being. The research investigators also suggested continued research into the use of certified acupuncture techniques for addiction withdrawal.

Some other benefits of acupuncture include:
  • Lower intensity of cravings
  • Improve sleep
  • Ease withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduce pain
  • Help with detoxification

Understanding acupuncture and its benefits, how it can be used during recovery, and consulting your doctor prior to a session, can help you decide if it’s right for you. 

Treatment For Addiction

Acupuncture alone does not treat addiction. Instead, you need a well-rounded treatment plan with many types of therapies and proven addiction treatment methods. Addiction can feel isolating but you are not alone. If you or a loved one is suffering from a mental health condition and a substance use disorder or addiction, get help now. Mental health, substance use disorders, and addiction are treatable and there is hope in recovery. Save a life and get help today.

If you’re ready to begin taking great strides towards your health and wellbeing, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today. Mental illness should be taken seriously and, if not treated early on, more severe conditions can arise. The best way to promote happiness and health is to seek help – and to begin using effective interventions for treating the problematic symptoms a person is experiencing. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need. Please call Alta Loma today – and you’ll be surrounded by a healthcare team who truly cares about your recovery. 866-457-3843