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Acupuncture For Addiction

     Even though acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, auricular (ear) acupuncture has only been around since the 1970s. Ear acupuncture is based on the fact that the ear is a microcosm of the body and the body points are replicated there. Ear acupuncture is used for any type of addiction because of its immediate effects on the brain. It decreases any cravings and minimizes the withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, tremors, anxiety, etc. It promotes overall well being, mental clarity, pain relief, improves sleep and much more. Finally, it assists in increasing self-awareness and self-responsibility allowing for less relapse to occur.

     The NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol is used when treating addiction. This protocol uses five points for each ear and are as follows:

•  Sympathetic
      - balances the autonomic and parasympathetic system, affects the vagus nerve, aids digestion
  •  Shen Men
      - the spirit gate, has a general calming affect, decreases anxiety
  •  Kidney
      - detoxifies, strengthens overall body, gives courage, releases fear
  •  Liver
      - detoxifies, releases anger and depression, allows planning
  •  Lung
      - detoxifies, respiration, deals with grief, enables you to allow changes

Acupuncture helps the following addiction:
  •  Alcohol
  •  Drugs (recreational and prescription)
  •  Pain Medication
  •  Sugar
  •  Gambling
  •  Overeating
  •  Shopping

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